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The Ithaca Voice

Total Qualifying Score: 6
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


The Ithaca Voice
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York 14850

County (ARC Region) Tompkins
State (ARC Region) New York


Q1. Mission:

The Ithaca Voice is a nonprofit digital news site with a mission to improve civic and political understanding in Ithaca and Tompkins County by publishing and sustaining in-depth, educational, rigorous, timely, and ethical journalism that all residents can access free of charge online.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

We believe nonprofit, nonpartisan news creates public trust, with a mission to serve communities rather than generate private wealth. We seek to build community ties, inspire and inform people with news independent of any influence.
Local journalism is important because it kickstarts/helps to create dialogue, holds everyone accountable, and creates understanding – free of charge. access for all
Local journalism is more important than ever because across the country small newsrooms and organizations are disappearing – creating news “voids” that directly impact those communities.
 We seek to build community ties, inspire and inform people with news independent of any influence. In June 2014, a group of motivated young journalists and entrepreneurs founded The Ithaca Voice to give the greater Ithaca area something better: founder Jeff Stein began a tradition of covering stories that are “in-depth, enlightening, engaging and—above all—local.”

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/4 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $180,000/$160,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $170,000 / $140,000

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $180,000 / $160,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($26,500)
Received From: M&T   Date Received: 3/25/2020
For What Purpose(s): payroll

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

We have seen a decline in one of our main revenue streams – advertising and sponsorship. We have served our community greatly during this pandemic with up to date COIVID19 coverage – driving more traffic than ever to our website.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
sponsors / advertisers dropping out
accomplishing diversifying our revenue streams
individual supporters dropping out

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Your support can help the Ithaca Voice to be able to continue to pursue our important journalistic mission. Our community needs the news. And now, more than ever, the news needs your support.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Mission & Operations

Course #2 Choice: 2-Short-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Dustin Patte, Interim Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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