Who makes Real Change work? You do. Every week, Real Change is your go-to social justice newspaper.
Every month, more than 300 homeless and economically vulnerable people find the opportunity they need selling Real Change.
Your support of our vendors provides work and community to those who desperately need options now.
Our broad base of grassroots support — from generous readers like you — allows Real Change to be an uncompromised voice of the poor and to take action for economic, social, and racial justice.
During GiveBIG — the Seattle Foundation day of giving — an astonishing 532 supporters raised $87,178 to fund our work. Our friends at Wyncote Foundation NW matched the first $50,000 of that to take toward our ambitious $205,000 Spring Fund Drive goal.
Your journey as a supporter begins with just stopping to say hello.
When our readers take the time to connect with our vendors, they create a caring community that makes vendor success possible.
Work and community. It’s what we all need to feel whole. To feel valued.
Some of you move from being readers to become more informed activists.
More than 700 of you have become Real Change All Stars this year. That means that you have pledged to take action when opportunities arise to support economic and racial justice.
And every year, about 1,800 of you support Real Change financially.
Your heartfelt commitment to creating opportunity and a voice for homeless and low-income people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice makes our work possible.
That’s why we’re asking you to support our Spring Drive with your generous gift today. Readers like you make our work possible by providing more than sixty percent of our annual budget.
Your support means that our vendors get the training and tools they need to succeed.
Your support means that our newsroom has the resources we need to publish an award winning weekly community newspaper.
Your support means that bringing people into action isn’t just an afterthought. It’s built into the fabric of everything we do.
We’ve learned that our grassroots supporters value truth telling and courageous activism.
Real Change puts the perspectives of the poor where they can be seen and heard.
Your support makes that possible.
That’s why we’re asking you to make a commitment today. To fund opportunity, a voice and taking action for change.
To support work and community with your renewed gift, or to make that first time gift that brings you into our astonishing community of financial supporters.
The annual median gift to Real Change is $100. Broken out monthly, that’s just $8.33.
For the cost of just three cups of coffee per month, you can help change the world.
You can make a one-time donation, or you can opt to make a recurring monthly gift at our secure website (bit.ly/rcdonatenow).
When you support our work, you provide opportunity to people like Leonard King, who arrived to Seattle from Des Moines last December after a house fire left him, his pregnant wife Davina and their two year old son homeless.
Davina enrolled as a Real Change vendor at an offsite orientation at Mary’s Place, a shelter for women and families.
In the little time that Davina had as a homeless mom, she was able to work when and where she needed.
When Davina stepped out onto our downtown streets, Real Change in hand, she found the caring support of the Real Change community.
Soon, Leonard was a vendor as well, earning the money he and his family needed to take some of the edge off their hardships.
Money for an occasional motel room. Money for food and clothes. Money for a treat for their son, Daleon.
How many cups of coffee each month is that worth to you?
Over the two weeks since GiveBIG, another 73 of you have stepped forward to contribute another $11,153 to our Spring Drive total.
We need approximately 300 more supporters to answer the call and help raise another $56,669 by June 15.
Your support will fund new vendor success through improved training and marketing.
Your support funds hard-hitting community journalism that tells the truth and offers opportunities to engage.
Your support funds winning vendor activism that makes the Real Change community an essential part of lasting change.
Our vendor success is made possible one gift at a time, with readers like you stepping forward to commit what’s right for you.
“This paper took me off the streets, gave me my motivation back, and is actually helping me. That’s why your support means so much.” – Leonard King
Every gift counts. Please mail your donation with the coupon below, or visit bit.ly/rcdonatenow to make your secure online donation today.