We can’t live on love alone.
Like most of the small private businesses in our neck of the woods, we seem to operate on a not-for-profit model: We do what we do for the greater good, for love more than money. Although we have dozens of loyal advertisers, our revenues are no longer sufficient to cover our costs and pay our employees a modest salary. We are thus asking as many of you as possible to become a supporter of Rural Intelligence by pledging $5 a month to keep the website sustainable. If we are not able to get support from 1,500 of our readers, we will sadly have to cease publication on March 31.
With your help, we can continue to celebrate the region like no other publication. Thank you for your support.
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The Rural Intelligence story
Ten years ago this month, Rural Intelligence launched on the morning after we covered
our first party, the Rock the Opera benefit for I.S. 183
Art School of the Berkshires. Since then, we have taken pictures at some 1,000 fundraising benefits for nonprofit cultural, community, and social
Over the years, we’ve been the first one to tell you about the opening of hundreds of dining options— from restaurants and distilleries to farmers markets and recipes to cook at home— as we've introduced you to all sorts of stores that contribute to our cherished rural life. We have championed small, local businesses and encouraged you to support the bookstores, farmers markets, bakeries, home furnishing emporiums, and general stores that give our region its distinctive character.
We like to think we’ve been good neighbors.
As you know, we send out two newsletters 50
weeks a year: one every Tuesday and one every Thursday, along with a weekly
radio broadcast. We bet that each week we introduce you to at least one or two places you’ve never heard of or visited before. Sixty dollars a year seems
a reasonable sum for all that (free) neighborly advice and all we do to keep
our four-county community connected.
As we approach our 10th anniversary, we have exciting plans that involve upgrading our website and celebrating with Rural Intelligence reader and advertiser get-togethers throughout the region. If you choose to support us, we’ll be sure to put you on the party list.
We’ve been here for you for a decade. Please click on one of the buttons to become a paying supporter, and let us know that you’re here for us.
Thank you for your loyalty and support.
Mark Williams, Publisher & Lisa Green, Editor