Payday Report is very excited to announce that we have received a $35,000-a-year matching grant from the Illumine Service Foundation. The grant is in recognition of Payday’s trailblazing coverage of labor and racial justice movements.
“We’re thrilled to support the critical work Payday is doing to elevate marginalized voices in the labor and racial justice movement, which are often intertwined,” notes Illumine’s Executive Director Sanjay Rawal. “Furthermore, Payday is one of the few national outlets that is covering local stories that many ignore, as well as international stories especially their coverage of Brazil, which has been exceptional”.
The grant will allow us to transform Payday into a multimedia-rich newsletter, hire some part-time help and travel more to report on crucial issues, and hire more staff to help on various projects.
“For 7 years, Payday has subsisted almost entirely off of the donations of our readers,” says Payday Report Founder Mike Elk. “This grant recognizes the huge financial contributions that our readers have made to grow Payday into a publication nationally recognized by the Washington Post for being the first media outlet to systematically track the pandemic-era strike wave.”
The donation is a matching grant contingent on us continuing to raise at least $ 35,000 a year in donations, so we will all need yinz to continue to contribute. Illumine Foundation will also be working to help build our capacity and reach out to other grant funders.
“There’s so much value in Payday’s insight, but in a rapidly changing media market, it is critical that Payday expand its video and multimedia capabilities to continue to serve its readership,” added Mr. Rawal.
Your donations will help us continue to keep our grant funding as well as attract other funders.