Project Description

What they do

Village News, Inc. is a local independent news publisher based in Fallbrook, CA. Village News serves Fallbrook, Bonsall, Temecula, Southern Riverside, Anza Valley, and the surrounding areas with three newspapers, and several magazines and business directories. A respected voice of the community since 1988, Village News plays an important role in connecting the communities it serves as the last remaining source of local journalism in the area.

What they stand for
Since the primary areas they serve are unincorporated, Village News acts as a critical connection between local nonprofits, civic organizations, city and county governments, businesses, schools, and residents. Their award-winning staff is passionate about keeping fellow residents up-to-date on community and local issues.

Why we invested
Village News showed the kind of tenacity and grit we look for in potential borrowers, overcoming financial hardships due to a string of bad luck including wildfires and flooding. Unable to secure funding from traditional lenders, Mission Driven Finance stepped in to ensure Village News was able to continue growing their impact in the community.

They saw an opportunity to fill market gaps left by the departure of other local and regional news sources and sought our support to grow their team, and continue building their digital media and marketing arm Reeder Media to thrive in a changing news landscape.

This funding will allow Village News to grow their team to 22 full-time employees, including Spanish speakers, in order to connect with a growing Spanish speaking population in the area. Additionally, our investment will allow Village News to reach a broader community of subscribers, translate products into Spanish, and engage readers with more stories written for and by the community.

Learn more about the Village News family of services on their sister website.

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Project Details

  • Impact SegmentQuality Job Creation & Building Local Markets
  • Impact VehicleAdvance fund
  • Investment Details$100,000 loan made in February 2019
  • Impact GeographyNorth County San Diego
  • LeadershipJulie Reeder, Founder and CEO/Publisher
  • Year Founded1997