Give to Give!Local nonprofits — you could win $50 worth of Zappers pizza!

Everyone who give $20 or more to Give!Local gets this book of vouchers for goods and services from local businesses.

The final weeks of the Give!Local campaign are typically the most dramatic due to an sizeable uptick in donations. If you have been delaying until the Dec. 31 finale to make a charitable gift, now could be an auspicious time to act — for the local nonprofits you help and possibly for you if like pizza! (Read on.)

Give!Local has already exceeded previous years’ totals by more than 30 percent, and that number is expected to climb substantially in the campaign’s final days.

To boost the last round of giving, everyone who gives $20 or more between Dec. 19 and Dec. 31 will be entered to win one of three $50 gift certificates from Zappers Pizza.

Making the Give!Local platform work has required passionate, involved community members and businesses. Many thanks to:

  • Ingles for their generous contribution covering the printing of the Give!Local Guide, which explains the project, the nonprofits and the website.
  • The Orange Peel for donating space for Give!Local’s kick-off party.
  • Mountain Xpress for constructing and administering the project and its online platform and for covering this year’s credit card fees.
  • Dozens of local businesses that contributed free or discounted items for prizes and incentives.

The biggest assist that Give!Local needs to make it a roaring success next year are matching grants to leverage the efforts of the participating nonprofits. Give!Local also needs more incentives — dinners, tickets, goods and services — to reward donors for their good deeds. So, if you or your business would like to help make Give!Local 2018 a big success, let us know by emailing

To donate, go to

Here’s where the donations have been going, as of Dec. 17.

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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