The Reporter matches matching grant

By Reporter staff

The Reporter announced that it matched its $500 matching grant, raising more than $2,400. The grant is courtesy of the David and Virginia Eisenberg Fund.

“We are thrilled that we more than made the grant,” said Rabbi Rachel Esserman, executive editor of The Reporter. “We owe a special thank you to the David and Virginia Eisenberg Fund that was gracious enough to offer the grant.”

Esserman noted that “with so many newspapers – Jewish and secular – going under or appearing only online, we are thrilled with the support we have received from the community. I’d like to thank Shelley Hubal for helping us arrange the grant. My production associate, Christi Sturdevant, created a beautiful ad on our website, which allowed people to give easily online, and a wonderful ‘Giving Tuesday’ ad for the hard-copy paper that encouraged people to give.”

Esserman gave additional thanks to three community members who agreed to appear in the Giving Tuesday ad. “My thanks to Rachel Coker, Rebecca Kahn and Merri Pell-Preus for their kind words about the paper,” she added. “It’s wonderful to know our hard work is appreciated.” 

Although the matching grant is over, Esserman noted that the paper is still accepting donations. “With the ongoing pandemic and the decrease in advertising it’s causing, every penny is appreciated,” she said. Donations can still be made online at The Reporter Group website,, or by mailing donations to The Reporter, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY 13850.