The Bellingham Herald Coronavirus Reporting Fund - COVID-19 Local News Fund

The Herald asked for your help. Your response was overwhelming .


371 supporters

$27,000 goal

Local news needs your support

Thank you for recognizing local news matters and for your donations to our Coronavirus Fund, hosted by the Local Media Foundation. Here are some examples of what we’re able to do with your support:

▪ Feds seize coronavirus test kit materials bound for Bellingham hospital and Northwest
▪ Basic Food benefit households will get extra money during coronavirus pandemic
▪ When will coronavirus peak? Here’s the model Whatcom County is following

Your generosity has blown us away. You have helped us exceed our $27,000 goal with weeks to go.

We're going to continue to publish local news and information that helps you make the best possible decisions for you and your families, and we will do so with the wind at our backs thanks to your kind words and support. We are hopeful that together we can build a new post-pandemic community that is stronger and as thoughtful as the one we left when we entered this shelter-in-place period. 

And, we're going to keep this campaign going. We've heard from a few folks who would still like to donate. And we are so very grateful.

Your tax-deductible donation stays local. And it gives us that much more runway — to hire a freelance photographer, to welcome a summer intern, to do more data reporting.

I am humbled by your trust and vow to continue to cover the new coronavirus and its aftermath to the best of our abilities.

Julie Shirley,
Executive Editor


The Bellingham Herald Coronavirus Reporting Fund - COVID-19 Local News Fund is a program administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. LMF is raising funds for educational activities; specifically, to educate the public on COVID-19 issues. LMF is providing funds to this news organization and many others to support this important educational project. All money raised by this effort will go directly to support COVID-19 reporting, to make sure the public has essential facts on this important topic.

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