The Reporter matches matching grant for second year

By Reporter staff

The Reporter announced that it matched its $500 matching grant, raising more than $1,700. This is the second year the organization has received the grant, which is courtesy of the David and Virginia Eisenberg Fund. 

“We are thrilled that we more than made the grant again,” 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. We are also grateful to readers of the paper who donated money.”

Esserman noted that this support is even more important now than it was in the past. “The pandemic has hit every nonprofit organization hard,” she said. “It’s also taking an additional toll on newspapers as businesses that might normally advertise have been closed or are also suffering financial losses.” 

Esserman offered thanks to Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, for helping to arrange the grant and The Reporter’s production associate, Julie Weber, for creating the ad that appeared in the paper and on The Reporter’s website. She also thanked Federation President Suzanne Holwitt for her words of support that appeared in the ad.

Although the matching grant is over, Esserman noted that the paper is still accepting donations. “Every penny is appreciated to help keep our paper going,” she said. Donations can still be made online through The Reporter Group’s website,, or by mailing donations to The Reporter, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY 13850.