• Jen Stevens

Options Needs Your Support to Match $5000 Donation

Dear Reader,

Since 1982, Options has been a trusted resource of our local LGBTQ+ community. Today it’s grappling to survive. But in this moment, we have a real shot at stability: A longtime Options supporter has anonymously pledged a matching gift of $5,000 through Dec. 31.

With your support, 2021 will mark a turning point for Options with the modernization of our online platforms, transforming Options into a more accessible, current, and engaging community asset, while connecting future generations to our shared history.

Your gift today will count doubly toward bringing about this transformation.

The New York Times recently noted that, “Hundreds of local news organizations have folded, as their advertising revenue disappears, and the pandemic is exacerbating the crisis.” It’s no secret that Options has struggled to stay in print, largely due to the challenge of competing with big tech for advertising dollars, leading us to fall further and further behind the pace of technology. Now, COVID threatens to deliver the knockout punch, creating more barriers to financial resources and volunteers.

Your gift, matched dollar for dollar, will provide the opportunity we’ve been hoping for to make this necessary technological leap.

Options Magazine has endured since 1982, evolving from a pamphlet to a newsletter to a magazine that incorporates color and sophisticated design; increasing in pages as well as breadth of content. While we plan to print a February/March issue, and envision yearly print editions going forward, we must fulfill readers’ desire to quickly and consistently access relevant content online.

Our mission to provide you with local LGBTQ+-specific news, resources, and events will matter more than ever as we come together to rebuild our community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for being part of the Options family. Together, we can continue a proud tradition of bringing news, events, and resources to our local LGBTQ+ community.

Wishing you and yours all the best in 2021,

Jen Stevens, Editor-in-Chief & Mike Marrapodi, Treasurer

P.S. Donations of any size received by Jan. 4 will be acknowledged in our Feb./March 2021 issue.

Checks can be made payable to: Options Magazine, PO Box 6406, Providence, RI 02904.

Options Magazine is a 501(c)(4) organization. Donations are not tax-deductible.

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Options Magazine

PO Box 6406

Providence, RI 02940

(401) 217-3939

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