Dear Friends,

We are so excited to announce a new $100,000 challenge grant from our incredibly generous anonymous donor. Once again, this local benefactor has offered to match your individual gifts in the following way:

  • Up to $100, three-to-one
  • Up to $1,000, two-to-one
  • More than $1,000, one-to-one

The deadline to reach the $100,000 match is June 7 — The New Bedford Light’s first birthday. What a fitting time for all of us to pitch in and propel our community news outlet to another year of nonprofit, nonpartisan, public service journalism.

Thanks to you, The Light is producing high-impact work that is making a real difference in and around our city. We’ve done deep, original reporting on health and safety, evictions, the fishing and wind industries, civil rights of students, police reform and more. We’ve worked hard to reflect the whole of our diverse community through our spotlight on arts and culture, civic events, community voices and special features like The Chat, Street Style, InPerson and The Daily Catch.

We mean it when we say we couldn’t have gotten this far without your support. The community has truly stepped up in so many ways to encourage and engage this effort. Thanks to your partnership with us, we’re now in the process of hiring additional reporters, editors and other staff to expand and strengthen our work. Now we need you to keep us going.

There is no such thing as a “small” donation. Every dollar you give powers The Light forward. Please note that the match applies only to individual gifts. While we greatly appreciate and need continued support from businesses and foundations, they are not eligible for these matching funds.

So please, accept our deepest gratitude for all you are doing. And please seize this very special opportunity to double, triple and even quadruple your gift. Help keep The Light Shining.

With thanks and appreciation,

The New Bedford Light