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We’re overwhelmed with gratitude.

In less than two weeks, more than 90 donors have responded with gifts that qualify for matching John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funds exceeding $21,000!

On the list are dozens of first-time donors to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, loyal supporters, distinguished journalists, journalism staff and faculty, board members, relatives, friends — and many people we’ve never met but who are united in support of nonpartisan investigative reporting for Wisconsin and the training of current and future generations of investigative journalists. They hail from 13 states and the District of Columbia.

We’re just $4,000 short of our goal of meeting Knight’s challenge of raising $25,000 by Jan. 19.

Want to have your gift doubled? Just click here. Gifts of up to $1,000 from individuals, foundations or other organizations qualify for the Knight matching funds.

From all of us at WCIJ: We’re humbled and awed by the faith that you’ve demonstrated in us. We’ll work tirelessly to live up to your expectations, to keep you informed and to strengthen our democracy while being guided by our values: Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions.

More than 325 individuals, foundations, news organizations and other groups have contributed financially to the Center since its launch in 2009. Funders exercise no control over the Center’s editorial decisions. All are publicly identified as a matter of policy to protect the integrity of our journalism.

Happy New Year!

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