SD News Watch chosen for national matching grant program

SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota News Watch has been selected to participate in NewsMatch, a national campaign providing funding to non-profit news organizations.

South Dakota News Watch is among more than 150 nonprofit news organizations chosen to receive funding through the NewsMatch program. The matching gift campaign has helped non-profit newsrooms across the country raise more than $5 million in its three years.

Donations from $1 to $5,000, made in November and December, will be matched 1:1 up to a total of $50,000. The pool of matching funds is underwritten equally by NewsMatch (, a consortium of national foundations, and by South Dakota philanthropists Dan and Arlene Kirby.

That means for the rest of the year, a donation to South Dakota News Watch can be doubled.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this vote of confidence from inside and outside South Dakota,” said Randell Beck, co-chair of South Dakota News Watch. “The need for intelligent journalism is greater than ever. This will be a big part of our fundraising for our second full year.”

South Dakota News Watch reports in-depth news stories on topics of statewide interest. Since the organization’s launch in February 2018, South Dakota News Watch has published 50 stories on topics including mining expansion and river quality, drug epidemics and school funding.

The stories are available free at and have been published and broadcast by many of the state’s print, digital, and broadcast media.

To contribute to South Dakota News Watch, go to and click the “Donate” button. Contributions can be made by check as well. Mail to South Dakota News Watch, PO Box 90205, Sioux Falls, SD 57109.

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