Celebrate Opportunity and Change

Every week, our vendors sell 11-12,000 copies of Real Change.  Every month, we offer work and community to about 325 people.

If what we did stopped there, our work would still be amazing.  But it doesn't.

Not all of our readers are donors.  Just one in ten readers or so takes the next step in supporting our work.  But these are the folks who make Real Change thrive.

Reader support makes up more than half our annual budget.  Last year, 1,817 people contributed a total of $564, 582 to fund our work.

Last year, our whole budget was just slightly north of a million bucks.  Real Change leverages your generous support to put more than that directly into the pockets of around 800 vendors.  And, we do much more.

  • Real Change won 16 regional first place awards for journalism and helped keep quality progressive journalism alive in a time when it's needed most.
  • We tripled the size of our homeless speakers bureau.  We enlarged our community of activists, beginning with our vendors and working outward.
  • Those activists gathered petition signatures, testified at hearings, and staged events that pushed increased survival services for homeless people to the top of the city agenda.
  • We innovated.  This April, with the help of a team of volunteers who work at Google, we're luanching a cashless payment app.  This means you will soon be able to buy a digital edition of Real Change from your vendor to read on your phone.

Every gift counts.  Every donor makes our work stronger.  Please join us today.

 

Maybe you thought your support didn’t matter that much.  I want to tell you that it does.

Every week, our vendors sell 11-12,000 copies of Real Change.  Every month, we offer work and community to about 325 people. 

If what we did stopped there, our work would still be amazing.  But it doesn’t. 

Not all of our readers are donors.  Just one in ten readers or so takes the next step in supporting our work.  But these are the folks who make Real Change thrive.

Reader support makes up more than half our annual budget.  Last year, 1,817 people contributed a total of $564,582 to fund our work.  

Last year, our whole budget was just slightly north of a million bucks.  Real Change leverages your generous support to put more than that directly into the pockets of around 800 vendors.  And, we do much more.  

·         Real Change won 16 regional first place awards for journalism and helped keep quality progressive journalism alive in a time when it’s needed most. 

·         We tripled the size of our homeless speakers bureau.  We enlarged our community of activists, beginning with our vendors and working outward.

·         Those activists stood up for affordable housing, expanded survival services, police reform, fair labor practices, and more.  They gathered petition signatures.  They testified at hearings and turned out at rallies.  They made phone calls, sent emails, and engaged in the work of social change.  They helped put increased survival services for homeless people at the top of the city agenda.

·         We innovated.  This April, with the help of a team of volunteers who work at Google, we’re launching a cashless payment app. This means you will soon be able to buy a digital edition of Real Change from your vendor to read on your phone. 

The 2014 Real Change annual report is the story of a reader-supported community in action.  Last year, we had 1,817 supporters.  In 2015, we want at least 2,000.   Support = Power.  We need you to be a part of that.

Your renewed gift of $35, $75, $150, $250, or more makes a difference in people’s lives everyday while we build together for a better tomorrow.  Please join us today.

Gratefully,

Tim Harris, Real Change Founding Director

PS.  Every gift counts.  Every donor makes our work stronger.  Don’t let another year go by without showing your wonderful support!

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