We have seen a great response to the webathon today. Our first pledge grant of the day was met pretty quickly. That’s testimony, I think, to the value that you readers place on NCR.
I have good news for you who are poised to make the next contribution to NCR: We have another matching grant. Tom Bertelsen has pledged to match dollar for dollar the next $1,000 that come to the webathon. Double your donation by acting now .
You may recognize Tom’s name. He has generously endowed the Bertelsen Internship Program at NCR, which has brought you such great NCR regulars as Joshua J. McElwee, Brian Roewe, Megan Fincher, Mick Forgey (our latest) and so many others. Tom founded the internship program because he believes the future of NCR as a journalism enterprise depends on nurturing young, talented reporters, giving them experience and a place to ply their trade. Tom deserves our deep thanks for the internship program.
But his support doesn’t stop there because NCR is an ongoing enterprise. He wants to ensure future interns have a place to learn by ensuring NCR’s future. That’s why we need your help today. We must raise $100,000 this week to meet our funding needs for this year.
The money you send won’t go to extras: no cushy new chairs for the editors or plush carpets for our office. The money you pledge today goes to keep our reporters in the field so they can bring you stories like Dan Morris-Young’s update on Bend, Ore. , or Brian Roewe’s update on depositions in sex abuse cases  out of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
We only come to you like this one week a year. The other 51 weeks a year, you have unfettered access to the news, analysis and commentary that you value so much.
Help us  meet this goal -- or, better yet, surpass it -- and we'll go back to unrestricted access to the reporting, analysis and commentary you have come to expect from NCR.