To our generous readers who donated to the PRT during our recent fundraising campaign, we thank you! You have donated an astonishing $36,200 over the past two months, $10,200 more than our goal of $26,000! $14,000 of the funds raised will be matched by NewsMatch, a national organization that supports nonprofit newsrooms. The PRT was also selected to receive an additional $20,000 matching grant from The Loud Hound Fund. The Loud Hound Partner Fund is awarded to select newsrooms serving residents in five states with local news about issues that impact their lives and support civic engagement. We are honored to have been selected for this award.

On top of that, we had 123 NEW DONORS give to the PRT. This has earned us a bonus grant of $500 for having signed up at least 100 new donors. What we are proudest of, though, is the fact that we had a total of 512 donations during this fundraising campaign, 172 more donations than last year – a 150% increase – demonstrating the strength of our relationship with our readers and the role we are playing in our community. These donations ensure the future of the PRT and will be used to help us continue to bring you the local news that you depend on us to deliver.

This coming year we will continue to work hard to bring you our weekly e-newsletter and the monthly print edition of the PRT. We are also working on building a new website that will enable us to bring you more news, along with an interactive community calendar. Our staff is working to improve our digital footprint, and to develop new tools and skills to support our evolving technical resources. The board and staff also continue to work on our long-term goals and strategic planning to ensure that the PRT will be a viable news organization for years to come. 

Our committed group of volunteer writers continue to amaze us with their professionalism, and dedication to the PRT. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise to keep our readers informed and educated about those issues and events that affect our communities.

Our PRT family members includes not only our writers, our Board members and staff, but also all of you that have supported us this year. Here are just a few of the many kind notes we have received from our donors recently.:

“The PRT adds a dimension to this community that’s truly worthy. Keep up the good work!” 

“I’m always delighted to see something from you pop up in my inbox. Happy to donate.”

“The PRT is a community treasure.” 

We thank you for kicking off 2022 in the best way possible, especially as we emerge from the challenges of 2021. Thank you for your investment in the future of the PRT because, especially in these tumultuous times, local news matters.