Highlands Current Raises $75K + New Donors In Local End-Of-Year Fundraiser

Photo Credit: Main Photo from Highlands Current; Graphic Design by A Little Beacon Blog

Photo Credit: Main Photo from Highlands Current; Graphic Design by A Little Beacon Blog

The Highlands Current is a local newspaper covering Beacon and Cold Spring. Their office is in Cold Spring, and they started out covering that neck of the woods. However, the publisher felt that too many connections between Beacon and Cold Spring were going unreported, so he elected to officially include Beacon in the newspaper’s coverage. The founding publisher has since passed away, and a board of directors helps to guide the direction of the paper now.

The Highlands Current ran an advertising campaign with A Little Beacon Blog in order to help the paper get the word out about their Double-Match Opportunity. Our position about media is - support it! Especially with local media! We know that media friendships are important, and we not only support and read the paper, but we appreciate their advertising investment as well. We know how precious it is!

We asked Managing Editor Chip Rowe how they did with the fundraiser. Here’s what he said:


Thank you to all Beaconites who helped to make The Highlands Current's year-end fundraising appeal a success. We couldn't have done it without you!

We raised enough funds to qualify for a $25,000 match from the NewsMatch program, a consortium of foundations, including the Knight and MacArthur funds, that are dedicated to helping nonprofit enterprises like The Current. And we'll receive another $25,000 from a generous local donor who also pledged to match that amount. So, with your help, we’re receiving an extra $50,000 to enable us tell your stories this year.

We're also very pleased to have added more than 100 new donors, nearly half of all are from Beacon! This feat will earn us a bonus from NewsMatch. And this growing community of supporters underlines the value put on the news and cultural coverage The Current provides.

We’re looking forward to another year of robust reporting on Beacon and neighboring Highlands communities. Thank you once again for helping us tell your stories!

- Chip Rowe
Managing Editor, The Highlands Current