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Our donors make everything you see possible at Matter. You can play a crucial role in helping keep the news free for those who can't afford it. And you can support us in becoming a more sustainable news nonprofit by becoming a member (via selecting the option to make your donation recurring monthly).

NOTE: Grey Matter Media, the parent organization for Matter, is a 501c3 nonprofit and has been since March 2021, so your donation is tax deductible!

Want to donate by cash or check? Send Matter a donation through the mail! Please make checks payable to Grey Matter Media and address to: Grey Matter Media LLC, 581 Bradley Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43201.

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About Matter News

At Matter, we take what works in traditional journalism and combine it with carefully crafted changes to make our journalism more accessible and impactful. Local news needs to evolve, and Matter is that next evolution. With innovative reporting and an accessible, nonprofit model, we’re upping the local news game, and you can play a role. Don’t forget: All donations are tax-deductible!

Want to learn more about who we are and what we do? Click here.

Why Are We Nonprofit?

Matter is a publication of Grey Matter Media, a local, independent, nonprofit media startup. Let’s be real: Local news coverage today lacks the resources, understanding and context needed to produce quality journalism. That means for cities like Columbus, locals are left without information about what’s happening in their own backyards.

That’s where Grey Matter Media comes in. We’re a small team of journalists, social workers, filmmakers and concerned citizens from this community who want to bring innovative, investigative news to central Ohio. And what’s more: We want to make it affordable. As a nonprofit, we will not be beholden to large advertisers, and we will never make you pay to access our content.

At Grey Matter Media, we go beyond the news to show the grey areas in any story. Read about our editorial independence and donor transparency policies below.

Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.

Donor & Financial Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.

Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

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