For the past fifteen years, The Walrus has been the Canadian leader in non-profit, fact-based journalism and the producer of forums for the Canadian conversation.
In June 2018, on the eve of our fifteenth anniversary, The Walrus Trust was established to ensure long-term financial stability for The Walrus.
Rosemary Phelan became the lead donor in this $5 million campaign, making a commitment of $100,000 per year for five years. On November 22, 2018, Kim Samuel, author, lecturer, scholar and founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, joined Rosemary by making the same generous commitment.
The Walrus is at a pivotal point in its history—the business model for fact-based, thoughtful journalism continues to be disrupted, advertising revenue is disappearing, and many organizations that produce journalism are being diminished or decimated, and the need for The Walrus has become more acute. Rosemary Phelan and Kim Samuel, and many other donors and supporters, believe that a strong and healthy democracy depends on informed citizens, and The Walrus Trust will ensure that we are able to continue our role of providing fact-based journalism and hosting essential conversation across all platforms for years to come.
By making these substantial gifts, Rosemary and Kim are not only enabling us to continue to tell stories that matter most but are recognizing that fact-based journalism is a necessary part of civil society. These two women share a deep love of Canada and our inclusive society, and The Walrus thanks them, in the most heartfelt way possible, for their commitment, their leadership, and their friendship.
To join Rosemary Phelan and Kim Samuel in generously supporting non-profit, fact-based journalism at The Walrus, please contact Aimée Ippersiel to learn more about The Walrus Trust.