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Belt Magazine is launching into 2018 as a nonprofit dedicated to independent journalism in the Rust Belt. To start the new year strong, we need your help to raise $25,000 by the end of December.


While the national media either ponders from a distance or parachutes in once every four years in its efforts to cover the Rust Belt, Belt Magazine is here year-round, providing a deeper understanding of this most consequential region. We are a nonprofit journalism website based in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to providing meaningful coverage on the politics, policy concerns, and culture of the Rust Belt and the Midwest, a region that was woefully ignored during the 2016 presidential election. In the run-up to the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, our mission is to both better inform those living inside the region and to provide greater insight to those living in the rest of the country on the issues and concerns of the people who live here.




Amount raised to date: $200

Amount raised 4%

Membership Levels and Benefits

Payments processed securely through PayPal. You have the option to pay monthly or pay for one year in full. For monthly subscriptions, your credit card will be charged the monthly amount for one year, then we will contact you to see if you would like to renew your membership.

Membership Level I

Benefits: BeltMag decal, and subscription to BeltMag’s monthly newsletter that will offer deeper insight into one of the past month’s articles by a selected BeltMag author. If you join during this membership drive, you get a free copy of Belt Publishing’s How to Speak Midwestern.

Membership Level II

Benefits: All of the above+ BeltMag branded tote bag, and a copy of Best of Belt, a dynamic compilation in book form of the year’s best content, to be gifted mid-November 2018.

Membership Level III

Benefits: All of the above + Special invitation to tri-monthly virtual hangout/discussion with BeltMag contributors, and a free copy of the book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, via Belt Publishing.

Membership Level IV

Benefits: All of the above + VIP invite to Best of Belt 2018 book launch in November 2018.

Membership Level V

Benefits: All of the above + 3 years recognition on BeltMag’s Members Page.

To donate a gift of your choice to support Belt Magazine’s mission of providing independent journalism about the issues and concerns of the Rust Belt, click below.

Belt Magazine operates under Belt Media Collaborative, a nonprofit registered with the state of Ohio. Belt Media Collaborative is currently awaiting approval of 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Once obtained, your contributions will be tax deductible.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make checks payable to Belt Media Collaborative, 3174 E. Overlook Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.