Last year, 133,983 people used Tube City Almanac's obituaries page. That's an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. According to Google, which tracks the site's usage, about 20 to 25 percent of you are regular users of the service.
If you do use this service, and you can afford to make a donation, we would be grateful for a contribution.
We are an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charity, and your donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law.
Donations may be made by check or money order to Tube City Community Media Inc., P.O. Box 94, McKeesport 15134; or via PayPal at: http://www.tubecityonline.com/contact/
We have been helped by the G.C. Murphy Co. Foundation, the E.R. Crawford Trust, Finney Funeral Homes, Willig and Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Homes, and many, many other people. We also receive some digital advertising revenue. (The ads are a necessary evil, and we know many of you don't like them.)
In 2018, we used your support to add coverage of North Versailles Twp. news, resume coverage of McKeesport Area School District news, and continue our coverage of Duquesne and White Oak.
We have momentum, and we want to build on it in 2019 --- but we are a charity, and we can only continue our work with your donations.
Regardless of whether you can contribute money, THANK YOU for your continued support of the website --- we look forward to continuing to provide you, and Mon-Yough residents, with this service, in 2019.
Take care, and have a safe and joyous holiday and happy new year!
Executive Director and Board Member
Tube City Community Media Inc.
Board of Directors
Alycia Bencloski, Andrea Cartwright, Dan Dougherty, Doug Goffus, Brandi D. Gongaware, Daniel C. Malesky, William Phillips, Judy Rosenfeld, Thomas Schroll Jr., Jennifer Sopko, Rev. Chris Stillwell, Jason Togyer
You can find our GuideStar profile here: http://www.guidestar.org/PartnerReport.aspx?ein=26-4497864&Partner=Demo
Why are we asking for money?
When we launched the McKeesport Obituaries website on the day after the Daily News closed, we promised to make sure the site was free to the readers, and we didn't want to charge funeral homes for posting obituaries.
We did that because many people in the Mon Valley are on fixed incomes; and because many people are cutting back on funerals, which is hurting funeral professionals.
We do make some income on digital advertising --- it's up to about $5 per day --- but it's not enough for us to grow, or even build up any kind of a fund for expansion.
Do people read our websites?
Yes! A lot of people, in fact.
In addition to the nearly 134,000 people who visited the Tube City Almanac obituary page in the past year, readership of The Tube City Almanac is at an all-time high (240,745 page views vs 181,474 the previous year) and listenership to our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, is slowly, but steadily, growing.
What will we use the money for?
We use any donations collected to add and improve news coverage. It's all done with donations, and it takes time --- we have no financial backers or investors.
It's just you, and us, together, getting the job done!
Disclaimer: We are not tax advisers and this email does not constitute tax advice. To determine whether or not a donation is tax-deductible, please consult a tax professional.
Originally published December 24, 2018.