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The Tyee is an online news organization that covers public-interest news and culture in British Columbia.
The site was launched in 2003 by David Beers, a former Vancouver Sun journalist. It received $190,000 in initial funding from the British Columbia Federation of Labor and a labor-affiliated capital fund.
The Tyee is structured as a for-profit organization, though it is not intended to make any money. It operates on about $500,000 to $600,000 per year, which is funded by a mixture of equity sales, advertising, grants, events and donations.
The Tyee solicits donations for large-scale projects through the nonprofit Tyee Fellowship Fund, which brings in freelance reporters for investigative projects. It also directly asked its readers for donations in 2009, raising $25,000 and again in 2013, raising more than $60,000. The site also runs staff-taught adult education classes.
The site is staffed by six full-time employees and 20 regular freelance contributors.
A 2009 interview with Beers on donations from readers:
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