Ed. note: Richard T. Griffiths chairs The Clayton Crescent Board of Trust. A retired CNN executive and CBS producer, Griffiths is a renowned media ethicist and investigative reporting expert. As a guest lecturer, he serves as Stembler Distinguished Professional in Residence at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Industry fellow, Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management, and Leadership at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism; and President Emeritus of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation. We are grateful for his leadership and for his friendship as we develop The Clayton Crescent for the people of Clayton County and environs. We have big plans in the works and appreciate your support!
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Dear Friend of The Clayton Crescent:
When I wrote to you on behalf of the board two weeks ago, the prognosis was not good. Thanks to generous supporters like you, we’ve been able to continue this important service through the end of the year. And we have just been thrown THREE amazing lifelines that could stabilize The Clayton Crescent finances into the summer:
The Institute for Nonprofit News NewsMatch is doubling your donations through December 31st, up to a total of $13,000.
And just yesterday afternoon we were informed that the Loud Hound Partner Fund will match those original donations AGAIN – up to $20,000! (The match is to support non-profit news organizations in Georgia that “serve residents with local news that impact their lives and support civic engagement.”)
PLUS, we have a board member who will further match the first $5,000 of donations between now and December 31st.
And the Knight Foundation promises to add another $1,000 to that board member match.
This means that if we can raise an additional $15,000 before the end of the year, we will effectively raise $49,000 toward the long term survival of The Clayton Crescent. That’s extraordinary financial leverage in support of non-profit journalism.
You have seen how The Clayton Crescent covers the news: Trustworthy, thoughtful, and independent reporting. Our editor, Robin Kemp, seemingly is everywhere, but she needs help. Clayton County is a big place with a lot going on. Our goal would be to add part-time staff and effectively increase the number of stories. (And it would be nice for Robin to have a day off occasionally.)
We are on our way. We already have promises of about $2,100. That means just $12,900 to go!
And now your donation will effectively be multiplied by three times. Remember: your donations are tax deductible.
If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to our back office:
The Clayton Crescent
7742 Spalding Drive, Suite 209
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Be sure to date and mail the check or click on the link above before the 31st so your gift can earn the matches.
You – among the loyal supporters of the Clayton Crescent – have been remarkable.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Richard T. Griffiths, Chair
On behalf of all The Clayton Crescent Board of Trust:
Charlton Bivins, Linda Crissey, Tammy Joyner, Robin Kemp