Dear Readers,

Three years ago, Reasons to be Cheerful launched with a simple idea: publish stories about solutions to urgent problems. 629 stories later, times have changed — and so have we.

We’re unearthing more stories than ever before. Our staff has grown. Our website has evolved. But one thing has remained the same: Everything on Reasons to be Cheerful is free. 

How do we keep it that way? That’s where you come in.

Click Here to Become a Sustaining Member Today

Today, we’re asking you to become a sustaining member of Reasons to be Cheerful with a monthly tax-deductible contribution — the kind of support that keeps us operating in the present and growing for the future.

Monthly contributions allow us to plan ahead, retain talented staff and pursue stories that lead to positive change. Every new sustaining member expands the boundaries of what we can do. And even though we know you’re not in it for the perks, we’re throwing in a few anyway:

Members who give up to $6.99 per month will see their name listed on our membership page, and receive a bimonthly members newsletter and an official membership card.

Members who give $7 per month or more will get all of that, plus other benefits including invitations to events (virtual or in person) and exclusive merch giveaways.  

Our goal? 629 sustaining members by October 14. Let’s do it. Let’s make it official. Give what you can, and we promise we’ll give it right back as an earful of cheerful. 

Click Here to Become a Sustaining Member Today

Thanks for reading, participating and supporting a rare and important form of nonprofit journalism. We couldn’t do this without you.


The Team at Reasons to be Cheerful