We have news to share: The Gleaner has been approved for charitable status by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), so we can now issue a tax receipt for donations.
The closure of The Gleaner in 2018 was a direct result of the upheaval that has inflicted mayhem on the media sector since Google and Facebook took a stranglehold on advertising and started giving away the news produced by others for free. The relaunch of The Gleaner in 2019 was equally the result of the local community responding to ensure control of its local news, as well as the introduction of support measures by both the federal and provincial governments.
One of the measures introduced by the federal government was the creation of the Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO) status. As ugly as it sounds, once acquired, QCJO allows community media such as The Gleaner to qualify for various support measures. The Gleaner is now amongst only eight media across Canada that have qualified for charitable status, a privileged group that includes La Presse.
The aim of the measure is to allow non-profit (community-owned) publications to make up some of the revenues lost to the digital giants and ensure the viability and vibrancy of community media and quality local news. The Gleaner’s business model is founded on subscriptions and retail and advertising sales, supplemented by government support measures – and now by donations, accompanied by a tax-deductible receipt.
The Gleaner is a (very) small market publication and needs every dollar it can get to maintain its award-winning level of quality local news. As hard as it has tried, subscriptions and retail and advertising sales only cover two-thirds of the budget it takes to produce a quality publication on a biweekly basis complemented by a website. While this percentage may improve post-pandemic, additional and diversified sources of revenue will be necessary into the future to keep The Gleaner always great.
Every dollar donated to The Gleaner goes towards delivering quality local news, and none of the publication’s annual surplus goes to shareholders in far-off lands – 100 per cent stays right in the community that The Gleaner serves. So, when you renew your subscription, or buy a copy of the paper at your local retailer, please add a few dollars as a donation; we’ll be pleased to send you a tax receipt for all amounts over $25.00. Thanks for supporting your local newspaper!
Publisher, The Gleaner