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SPO_IndependenceFundUPDATE: The SpokaneFAVS Independence Fund has reached its goal! If you signed the pledge, you can now make your payment via PayPal or with your credit card. You can also mail your payments to us at PO BOx 8416, Spokane, WA, 99203.

Although we’ve reached our goal, we need to continue raising money to keep SpokaneFAVS going. You can still sign up to help us in our efforts.

Last month I was faced with a tough choice, which basically boiled down to this: Walk away from SpokaneFAVS or keep it going as an independent journalist.

Until now we’ve been funded by a generous grant, but that funding wasn’t renewed. We’ve done amazing work together the past two years years. Relationships have been formed through Coffee Talks, mixers and Faith Feasts. Nearly 50 local writers have a place to share their thoughts and engage in dialogue with thousands of curious readers. We’ve won a national journalism award.

Walking away wasn’t an option. SpokaneFAVS isn’t disposable. Based on the emails and phone calls I’ve received, you all agree!

That means, though, that it’s fundraising time.

We need to raise $10,000 for initial start-up costs. So far, in just one week 26 people have pledged to donate to the SpokaneFAVS Independence Fund, raising $3,155.

Will you help us raise the rest?

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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