Chicago Indie Media Alliance Launches 2023 Fundraiser Today

This two-week fundraiser benefits nearly 50 small, grassroots newsrooms and media entities serving diverse communities and issues across the Chicagoland area. Donations can be made at

The Chicago Independent Media Alliance (CIMA), a coalition of more than 80 local media entities, is holding its annual fundraiser starting today and running through June 19. With the theme “Powering Independence,” the fundraising campaign will highlight the real-world impact of the self-started newsrooms that comprise CIMA’s membership, how they disrupt the areas they report in for change, and how CIMA supports these trailblazers. All donations will be matched by local foundations until funds run out. Third Coast Review has been a member of CIMA since its founding in 2020.

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“CIMA has such an important mission, and I’m so grateful to be kicking off our fourth annual fundraiser. Local, independent media entities have done so much good for Chicago, and have helped to reach communities that aren’t always covered in legacy media, filling in the gaps in coverage throughout each of Chicago’s neighborhoods,” said Savannah Hugueley, CIMA Support Specialist. “This fundraiser is so important to ensuring that these smaller newsrooms can stay afloat and have the resources they need to continue doing the original reporting and  investigative work that local journalism requires, and I’m hopeful about the amount of support we’ll be able to get this year.”

Over the past three years, CIMA’s fundraisers have raised more than $500,000 to support grassroots newsrooms in the Chicago area. These outlets and media organizations have created award-winning coverage of emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental racism in Chicago’s BIPOC communities, news podcasts on the LGBTQ+ community, and much more. 

And unlike CIMA’s previous fundraisers, this year all the funds raised will be split evenly among the participating CIMA members, allowing members with larger readership and reach to help uplift their smaller peers. This year’s fundraiser has 47 participating members—more than any previous fundraiser — and 28 of them have budgets under $250,000 a year, making this fundraiser essential for their continued support.

Individually, CIMA’s 66 members representing 80 individual products reach anywhere from a few hundred readers to millions, for a combined readership of at least 8.4 million. Nearly 20% of members reach primarily Black Chicagoans, overlapping with around 13% of outlets that primarily reach Latinx communities. They also reach the LGBTQ+, immigrant, Arab American, Korean American, Polish American communities, and others. They reach all 77 community areas in Chicago with the majority covering the South and West sides, as well as suburbs including Cicero, Harvey and Evanston.

Other outlets report on Chicago’s diverse and powerful arts and culture activities. Third Coast Review is part of this group, as are outlets such as New City, Pigment Intl, Chirp Radio, and the Chicago Music Guide.

“CIMA’s fundraising campaign is a unique effort to increase local media sustainability in Chicago and an example of the great possibilities of collaboration among diverse outlets that deserve support from individuals, corporations, government agencies, and philanthropic institutions,” said Jesús Del Toro, director of La Raza newspaper.

During the fundraising campaign, CIMA will also be hosting two virtual events, one on social movements and media and the other on how technology impacts local media. For more information about CIMA and its members, visit here.

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