- Category: News
07 Jul 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
With more budget cuts and layoffs on the way, the Mid-South needs a community of investors to support the charitable groups, faith-based programs and service organizations that are facing catastrophic funding shortfalls.
Programs to help ex-offenders reduce domestic abuse and sexual assault, fund early childhood education and provide poor college students money for college are all on the chopping blocks.
The New Tri-State Defender is launching a groundbreaking community investment campaign that will give hard-working nonprofit leaders a new way to replace lost revenues. It’s simple. It’s easy. Any Mid-South nonprofit or charitable organization is eligible to apply.
Here’s how it works:
Nonprofits, churches or service organizations can submit an application to the TSD Pillars of Progress program. Eligible organizations will receive 25 subscription cards for the Tri-State Defender newspaper that members can use or share with family and friends. Each 12-month subscription is a bargain at only $30.
Once it collects 25 subscriptions, the cards and money can be returned to the Tri-State Defender. After the subscriptions begin, the organization receives a $250 check from the Tri-State Defender that it can use to invest in the programs, scholarships, or training and mentoring programs.
As a Pillars of Progress member, your group will be invited to submit feature articles to the TSD Pillars of Progress page, which will highlight hot programs, issues and popular initiatives. This community roundup page will provide Mid-South readers with an up-to-date guide to the organizations, churches and groups that are working in their neighborhoods. Readers will be able to track and follow the return on their investment in our community.
“Many non-profits, churches and community organizations are seeking ways to raise funds and support the good work that they do. It is my vision that as we grow the TSD as a voice for the community we also find ways to strengthen others serving the community,” said TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
“Our Pillars of Progress seeks to support and recognize those organizations and individuals that do so much each day to make the lives of others better. Ultimately Pillars of Progress is about fostering better-informed families, better-funded programs and organizations and a more unified effort in moving the community forward.
“Instead of selling candy, doughnuts, or other typical fundraising items, we’re offering a chance to raise money promoting literacy, information, inspiration and ultimately elevation!”
Large churches and faith-based groups are eligible for the Gold-Star Elite Pillars of Progress program, featuring Soul Survivor, which provides local pastors with a weekly forum for offering uplifting messages, sharing empowering scriptures and listing church announcements.
Investing in the Tri-State Defender is a smart investment in community. Call 901-523-1818 today and find out how you can join our team of community investors.