WALRUS DONORS FUND ESSENTIAL CANADIAN CONVERSATION

Financial support from thoughtful donors allows the Walrus Foundation to produce journalism of the highest calibre in The Walrus and at thewalrus.ca. Because of our donors, we are able to commission stories from Canada’s best writers and art from the country’s top photographers and illustrators. Donors allow us to fulfill our educational mandate by supporting ideas and conversations on matters vital to Canadians.

The Canadian Media Crisis: Why Now is the Time to Donate to the Walrus Foundation

2016 was no ordinary year. Even in Canada, it will be known as the Year of Trump—in which all the norms of political civility that we once took for granted were destroyed. It also became the year of fake news: for the first time in modern history, our largest trade partner will be led by a president who proudly embraces widely debunked conspiracy theories. Never in the history of The Walrus has the need for well-researched, independent, fact-based, long-form journalism been more acutely felt.

At the same time, providing this kind of high-quality journalism has become more challenging for media outlets, thanks to the meltdown in the traditional ad-driven revenue model that long supported both print- and web-based publications. This year, numerous Canadian newspapers either ceased operation or radically diminished their offerings. The same is true of magazines such as Maclean’s and Canadian Business. It’s hard not to be alarmed by the state of Canada’s journalism industry.

The Walrus editors are determined to take up the slack—which means redoubling our efforts to produce journalism of the highest calibre in such fields as health, culture, technology, business, criminal justice, the environment, and politics. We are especially focused on investigative reports, which shine light on important areas connected to policy and public life. Thanks to an innovative funding model that mixes traditional commercial revenue streams with events, business partnerships, and philanthropy—especially if our donors continue to treat us generously—we are able to commission stories from Canada’s best writers and art from the country’s top photographers and illustrators.

As the rest of Canadian journalism contracts, we are expanding to fill the void—always ensuring that what we offer will hit the same high standard that readers have come to expect from The Walrus.

If all this sounds like a project you want to support, I hope you will consider making a donation. These are difficult times in the marketplace of ideas. But I hope you will agree that they are exciting times at The Walrus.

Jonathan Kay, editor-in-chief

Donor Impact in 2016

The Walrus Foundation spurs conversations across Canada, from kitchen tables to the House of Commons. Donor support enables us to continue providing the provocative long-form journalism, smart essays, and fresh ideas that are essential to understanding our country and ourselves.

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The Walrus launched in September 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world and to present the best work by the best writers and artists, on a wide range of topics for curious Canadians. The Walrus is published by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and to creating forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, curating the national series of Walrus Talks, organizing leadership dinners, and posting original, daily content at thewalrus.ca. The foundation also trains the future leaders in media, publishing, and non-profit development.