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This Thanksgiving will be very different for many of us, but no matter how many people we have around our table, the holiday is a reminder to take stock of everything we are thankful for. I want to take a moment to show our gratitude for following our reporting and investing your time to read fact-checked, trustworthy news. 

Thank you

Since I started as the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s first Development Director in April, I have had the pleasure of virtually meeting so many generous donors who support our important mission. And I look forward to meeting many of you in person, when it is safe to do so. 

If you are already a donor, we appreciate your support, as you make everything we do possible.

If you are not yet a donor, consider showing your thanks for investigative journalism in Wisconsin by giving today. 

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Whether you’ve been following Wisconsin Watch since the organization’s beginning in 2009 or you recently started following our reporting, we are grateful for you. 

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We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. 

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Jay BursethDevelopment Director

Jay Burseth joined the Center in April 2020. His role includes coordinating fundraising strategy, overseeing the organization’s development department, and leading philanthropic relationships, including foundations and major donors. Prior to joining the Center, Burseth led fundraising for the Milwaukee County Parks, helped found the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, and was the Development Director for WMSE in Milwaukee. Burseth has been in fundraising and development for over a decade and holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History, also from UWM.