Our Nonprofit Model

Our Nonprofit Model

For nearly 150 years, The Salt Lake Tribune has been Utah’s independent voice. In the last 15 years, our country has lost almost 2,000 newspapers. And The Tribune was nearly one of them. We couldn’t let that happen.

That’s why we took the bold action to become the country’s first metropolitan daily newspaper to transition to a community-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Tribune is now a news organization funded by the people, for the people. And we’re pioneering the way for newspapers everywhere.

Our future is in your hands. With your support, we can continue our courageous watchdog journalism and deliver the in-depth stories that inform us, empower us and unite us.

The Salt Lake Tribune is pioneering one path forward for local news. See its playbook here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I support The Salt Lake Tribune in addition to becoming a subscriber?

Thank you for being a loyal reader! Supporting Subscribers are individuals who make a contribution in addition to the base cost of a subscription. These generous individuals — who make gifts of all sizes — understand that local journalism is the bedrock of our democracy. As an integral part of the future of The Tribune, Supporting Subscribers receive additional benefits and the satisfaction of knowing they are protecting this vital civic institution.

Is my subscription tax deductible?

No. The IRS has strict rules about what is tax-deductible. Access to SLTrib.com or the print newspaper is considered a “good or service” that is not available free of charge to the general public. The performing arts provide a good analogy. The ticket price to a performance at a nonprofit theater is not deductible since the performance is the service. But giving an additional donation to the theater group to support the true cost of their production would be deductible. In our case, the cost of your subscription is not deductible, but any gift made on top of that base price is tax-exempt. Supporting Subscribers will receive a year-end statement providing the total amount that can be deducted.

How will my donation be used?

100% of your contribution goes directly to The Tribune newsroom, supporting the local journalists who report stories in Utah.

How does being a nonprofit impact what’s offered in The Tribune?

Our journalistic ethics and commitment to the highest quality journalism are at the core of who we are and what we do — and what the public deserves. As Utah’s independent voice, The Tribune is committed to offering unmatched reporting on state and local government, politics, the environment, education, religion, criminal justice, sports and the variety of rich stories about the people and places that make Utah special. As a nonprofit, The Tribune’s editorial board — which operates independently of the news staff — does not endorse political candidates. Nonprofits can’t do that under federal law.

Who owns the paper? Who serves on the Board?

The community — all of us — now owns The Salt Lake Tribune. We have a nine-member Board of Directors with diverse experiences and perspectives. You can read their bios here.

Will board members or donors have sway over what the newsroom covers?

The Tribune maintains a strict firewall between governing bodies, advisers and donors and the newsroom. That means supporters will have no more influence on editorial decision-making than any other members of the public. The same rules apply to advertisers and sponsors, as has been the practice historically. We are committed to full transparency and understand that this is fundamental to the trust our readers have in The Tribune. You can read our Gift Acceptance Policies here.

Can I still advertise in the newspaper and on sltrib.com?

Yes. Please contact us at (801) 237-2700 or advertising@sltrib.com

I already subscribe. Can I make an additional donation?

Yes and thank you! We welcome tax-deductible donations of any amount. You can either send a check, or give online here. The address is The Salt Lake Tribune, Inc., 90 S. 400 West, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111. To make a donation from a donor-advised fund, please use the tax ID number 84-1878709. To make a gift in your trust or estate, or to transfer stock, please contact Jessica Sweeney at jsweeney@sltrib.com.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

We’re always happy to talk! For questions about our model, email Jessica Sweeney, jsweeney@sltrib.com, anytime. For questions about becoming a Supporting Subscriber, please contact Andrea Stringham, development and communications coordinator, at astringham@sltrib.com.

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