by Andrew Okwuosah, Digital Editor

Note: The following originally appeared on Grasswire.com, and is being reposted with permission. On a personal note, I am a frequent Grasswire contributor.

At first glance, Grasswire is a news website like any other. But it’s not. It’s much more than that.

We’re a community of over 1,100 people from all over the world who care about honest, accurate news. We source, verify, write and edit unbiased news stories that matter, and that are read by 500,000 people each month.

And we do it in our spare time.

But we have a problem.

Grasswire was born as the dream of co-founders Austen Allred and Levi Notik. They formed a company to create this space we work in. They raised the funds and wrote the software. They employed staff to build on the dream.

But in December, Grasswire hit a speed bump.

Austen explained in an open letter:

“We were hoping to close a funding round with a new investment partner which would have allowed us to grow the team and further develop the technology, but it fell through at the last minute.”

Since January 1, Grasswire has been entirely volunteer-driven. We have no financial backing, and we have no paid employees.

The website software is being open-sourced, and we are finishing our iOS and Android apps to spread unbiased, rigorously fact-checked, clickbait-free news to millions of people.

All we need is to pay for the servers that host the website: To pay the monthly bill for bandwidth, computing time and storage.

It costs about $1,200 per month to keep the website online.

If we don’t raise $1,200 by March 1, our beloved Grasswire will likely close down for good. We don’t want that to happen.

We need your support to keep Grasswire open.

We’ve set up funding pages on GoFundMe for one-off donations and Patreon for monthly donations.

Together we can continue building a truly open and inclusive platform for news.