FLI_UnderconstructionDear readers,

For the next couple of days SpokaneFAVS will working on its site. You may notice some broken pages and a freeze on user functionality. Thank you in advance for your patience as we go through this transition.

The transition we are going through isn’t just a technical one. At the end of this month I will no longer be the community manager of SpokaneFAVS, I will be the executive director. I’ve been working with a formation board to help us become a new, local non-profit. Until now we’ve been affiliated with a national organization. To become independent, we needed to raise $10,000. I’m proud to announce that in only three weeks we’ve raised more than $10,000 for the SpokaneFAVS Independence Fund! That speaks volumes of the SpokaneFAVS community. Now, though, comes the fun part. It’s time to collect those pledges.

You can fulfill your pledge in a variety of ways:

– You can mail a check to us at: PO Box 8416, Spokane, WA, 99203

– You can make a payment online (see buttons below)

– Or, if you want your donation to be tax deductible, email me and I will let you know when and where to send in your donation (tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com).

Finally, please keep in mind that the SpokaneFAVS Independence Fund is only Phase 1 of our fundraising efforts. We still need funding for Web hosting and design, supplies, marketing, legal fees, and, well, so yours truly can start earning a salary again. You can help by filling out the form below.

This weekend the site will be bumpy, but hopefully next week we’ll be up and running like normal.

Thanks everyone, and have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

– Tracy

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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