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The Henrico Citizen, founded in 2001, is a daily weekday news source for Henrico County, Virginia. We help connect the community through daily weekday coverage of education, government, the community, business, events and much more across a host of digital platforms.

All of our coverage is and always has been free – but we need your help to continue doing this important work and to keep it accessible for everyone. Our local journalism keeps this community informed and combats misinformation.

Want to chip in to help? Here are five ways you can:

• Join the Citizen Collective
(A tiered membership program, with benefits, for supporters)

• Contribute to the Citizen Education Fund
(A tax-deductible way to help fund our education coverage from Report for America Corps Member Anya Sczerzenie)

• Contribute to the Citizen Investigative Journalism Fund
(A way to help fund expanded, in-depth coverage of four key topics)

• Contribute to the Citizen High School Sports Fund
(A way to help fund expanded coverage of high school sports)

• Make a general contribution
(A way to help support our work)

The Citizen Collective

Be a part of something bigger than yourself and join a community of others who care about Henrico County, its present and its future – and who value the importance of responsible local journalism. The Citizen Collective is a two-tiered membership program ($75 or $150 per year) that offers a variety of benefits, including an annual in-person event, free access to the Citizen’s Live@Lunch webinar series, occasional Zoom meetings with Citizen staff members, access to a members-only forum, free advertising for the nonprofit of your designation, and much more. (A complete list of benefits appears above.) Your membership helps us keep all of our coverage free for everyone – including, importantly, those who can’t afford to pay and who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the local news that matters to them. And, it connects you with other like-minded members who care about Henrico County.

 

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The Citizen Education Fund

In 2021, the Citizen became just the second Virginia news organization accepted into the Report for America program, which helps place full-time journalists on critical or underserved beats nationwide. Our RFA Corps Member covers education – a topic that our readers made clear to us was a top coverage priority. We may be the only community news organization in Virginia with a full-time education reporter, and your tax-deductible support helps fund her position. And, every contribution you make will be matched dollar for dollar by RFA – effectively doubling your donation – all the way up to $25,000.

Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution

 

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Citizen Investigative Journalism Fund


There are many other topics of critical importance to Henrico – and we’d like to be able to give them the same level of regular, in-depth coverage our RFA partnership allows us to provide for education. But we need your help. Contributions to the Citizen Investigative Journalism fund will help support regular coverage of government, housing, healthcare and transportation – four key issues that readers have told us are most important to them. We aspire to fund a full-time position for a journalist through this fund. Your support may help us make that a reality – and help shine a light on the issues that are most critical to our community.

 

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The Citizen High School Sports Fund


High school sports are an important part of the Henrico community, and we are creating plans to launch new regular, original coverage of them. Do your children play sports? Would you like to read about their achievements and those of their friends, teammates and classmates? We want to provide this type of coverage, but we need your help to do so. All money contributed to the Citizen High School Sports Fund will be used to assist with our staff-based coverage and to hire freelance journalists and photographers to provide coverage of high school sports – and every dollar helps us make this a reality.

 

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General contribution

Want to support the work of the Henrico Citizen and our staff in a general way? Maybe you don’t feel particularly passionate about any specific topic above but you value our coverage and the informative, unifying role we play in the community, and you’d like to help. We’d love to have your support! Make a donation of any amount (on an annual or recurring basis), and 100% of it will be used to fund our newsroom and its efforts to provide the most comprehensive coverage of Henrico County available anywhere.

 

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