The decline of local news sources over the past two decades has had devastating effects on people’s access to quality, fact-based information. This has especially impacted communities of color often forgotten by long-standing media outlets. 

The disinvestment in Detroit has left many residents underserved, and most recently newspapers in the metro area are experiencing reduced staffing and decreased reporting frequency. It’s more important than ever to empower Detroiters with the information needed to liberate our city. 

Outlier places Detroiters at the center of the conversation, equipping them with information they need to create change and challenge misinformation and unchecked abuses of power in our city. Our organization serves as a critical source of information for Detroiters, meeting residents where they are at to provide resources and news about policies, issues and events that acutely impact their everyday lives.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN:87-4775293), and all donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS limitations. Our core values of accountability and transparency are lived out in every aspect of our organization, including in our approach to giving. We accept monetary donations, grants, and sponsorships from individuals, foundations and organizations to help us achieve our mission. Our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor, sponsor, or partner support. 

Our organization makes public all donors who give a total of $2,500 or more per year. We avoid accepting anonymous donations in order to demonstrate transparency about our funding. We will not accept donations from sources that present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Please make checks payable to Outlier Media. Our mailing address is 440 Burroughs St., Suite 365, Detroit, MI 48202. 

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