is with deep regret that we must report that Flagstaff Tea
Party is unable to continue publishing a newspaper due to
ongoing revenue shortfalls. During our recent pledge drive,
which ended Sept. 10, we raised only $6,741 — much less
than the $50,000 in pledges and donations that we felt we
needed if FTP was going to be economically viable during the
FTP will not be publishing a newspaper, donations made
during the pledge drive are nonetheless tax-deductible.
Those who made pledges during the pledge drive will NOT be
expected to honor those pledges. However, for the moment,
FTP remains a nonprofit organization and, for at least the
next few weeks, donations will be
tax-deductible. Donations made during this period will be
used to pay down existing debt.
future of FTP is unclear and will depend in part on a future
ruling by the IRS. However, we hope to continue operating
FTP as a nonprofit organization actively marketing the book
“Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains.” FTP also
hopes to continue promoting the use of Flagstaff Neighborly
Notes. Alternatively, it may be necessary to give up FTP’s
current nonprofit status, perhaps transferring the
Neighborly Notes project to another organization such as the
Flagstaff Activist Network. The FTP Web site will remain
wish to thank all of our donors, volunteers, board members
and advertisers for their support during the last two years.
Though some will say that Flagstaff Tea Party was an
unsuccessful experiment, we believe it was much more than
that. We believe that everyone involved — from the board
of directors to the many faithful readers — learned
something of value in the course of this experiment. In its
own small way, FTP has changed Flagstaff for the better.
With luck, Flagstaff will never be the same.