You probably know by now that The Fine Print is broke.
We weren’t always broke. In our baby years, we received an annual grant of $5,000. With it, we were able to rent an office, consistently print a full, 40-page issue and fund a variety of projects, like our annual creative arts journal, Prairie.
Our grant has since been cut; slowly at first, then, about two years ago, all at once. We launched an IndieGoGo campaign, ramped up our benefit shows and figured out ways to reduce the cost of printing an issue, but this is not a sustainable model. Last summer we organized our first donation drive. It was successful, and we’re grateful to those who contributed.
In a perfect world, last summer’s donation drive would have raised enough for us to print through this year’s Summer issue and apply for 501(c)3 non-profit status, what we now view as The Fine Print’s saving grace. But a billing miscommunication with our printer has put us in debt by $1,500.
We have enough to print the summer issue (and we will), but after it hits the stands—that’s it. If we don’t raise money this summer, there will be no fall issue, no non-profit status, no website and no benefit shows. The Fine Print will be Out Of Print.
We don’t want that to happen. We can’t picture Gainesville without The Fine Print, and we hope you can’t, either. Our goal is to raise enough money to print through 2018 and apply for 501(c)3 non-profit status—approximately $3,500 dollars.
That seems like a lot. But consider this: If all our followers on Facebook pitched in just $2, we’d have $5,474. That’s almost $2,000 more than our goal.
With your help, we hope to continue providing Gainesville with in-depth, independent coverage no other publication can offer.
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