Dear readers,

We’re thrilled to be the only Pittsburgh newsroom chosen to participate in this year’s News Match, which is a collaborative effort to support nonprofit news organizations by the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

We invite you to double your impact in supporting meaningful public-service journalism in the Pittsburgh region. Please donate to PublicSource at between now and Dec. 31, 2017, and your gifts up to $1,000 will be matched up to a total of $28,000.

Your contribution will help pay for the important and costly work produced by the PublicSource newsroom each day. We are grateful that you continue to share our stories, send us tips and feedback and receive our weekly digest in your inbox. Just think how much we have accomplished in the past year: Like no other newsroom in the city, we have been focusing on inequities through our “I am a black girl and…” project; we’re dedicating time and reporting to the lead crisis in the city; we have investigated the school-to-prison pipeline; provided the most in-depth look at charter schools in Western Pennsylvania; and explored different aspects of life in small towns in the Pittsburgh region. We hosted at least a dozen events and attracted thousands of new readers. So, thank you for supporting our work. It wouldn’t have been possible without you.

PublicSource participated in the Knight Foundation’s inaugural News Match in 2016, which helped 57 nonprofit news organizations raise more than $1.2 million in match donations. PublicSource received nearly $25,000 in donations from its #PublicSource100 campaign with matching funds from Knight Foundation.

The continuation of the News Match initiative is exciting news. At a time when attacks against the media are unstoppable and trust in media is at an all-time low, PublicSource needs and appreciates the News Match initiative and your support.

As a nonprofit newsroom, PublicSource depends on donations from the community to produce its public-service journalism. By donating to PublicSource during the News Match 2017, you can help ensure the Western Pennsylvania issues you care about get the coverage they deserve.

We would be doubly grateful if you give now.

News Match is the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit and investigative news organizations. More than 100 organizations are eligible to receive up to $28,000 each in matching funding for all individual donations up to $1,000. Donors can contribute between now and Dec. 31 at—the first one-stop platform for donating to nonprofit news. Donations can also be made directly to participating newsrooms (

PublicSource listens, investigates and reveals the untold stories of the Pittsburgh region. All news organizations participating in News Match must be members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, must be transparent about funding sources, and must produce investigative and/or public-service reporting. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

We don't have paywalls — but your support helps us bridge crucial information gaps.

Readers tell us they can't find the information they get from our reporting anywhere else, and we're glad to provide this important service for our community. We work hard to produce accurate, timely, impactful journalism without paywalls that keeps our region informed and moving forward.

However, only about .1% of the people who read our stories contribute to our work financially. Our newsroom depends on the generosity of readers like yourself to make our high-quality local journalism possible, and the costs of the resources it takes to produce it have been rising, so each member means a lot to us.

Your donation to our nonprofit newsroom helps ensure everyone in Allegheny County can stay up-to-date about decisions and events that affect them. Please make your gift of support now.

Natasha is PublicSource's creative director. She runs the organizations visuals team, edits and produces interactive graphics, data visualizations and web packages for PublicSource. She manages the website...