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If you’d like to give to the Village Free Press, click on the “Donate” button below and follow PayPal’s simple instructions. Note that your donation is not tax-exempt, since we’re not registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. However, we’re always open to your generosity.

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For Advertisers

VFP Site Statistics

  • From November 2013 to March 2014, we averaged more than 6,500 visitors, and more than 15,000 views, per month. From April 2014 to September 2014, that increased to more than 9,500 visitors, and more than 20,000 views, per month — a nearly 50 percent increase in unique visitors and a more than 30 percent increase in views within the last six months.
  • In March, the Village Free Press had more than 400 followers via Email, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. Since then, our following has increased to more than 715 — a nearly 80 percent increase.
  • Each visitor reads an average of 2-3 articles/posts per visit.

VFP Franchises

The Village Free Press is more than a community news blog, we’re an institution dedicated to enhancing democratic engagement and civic participation through a variety of platforms. We’re always looking for sponsors/advertisers for the following ongoing events:

  • Think Democracy Candidates Forum
  • Think Community Summit
  • Think Business Roundtable
  • VFP Local Author Series

Our Market

At the moment, the Village Free Press primarily serves the western suburb of Maywood, Illinois, a village of about 24,000 residents (although many readers live in surrounding suburbs such as Forest Park, Melrose Park, Bellwood and Westchester). For median resident age, household income and per capita income, among other demographic information about Maywood, click here. Based on Facebook page insights, the demographic composition of our WordPress followers and anecdotal data, we’ve compiled a few summary characteristics that likely describe the average Village Free Press reader:

  • Politically engaged and astute (votes regularly).
  • A homeowner.
  • An elected official, small business owner, highly active community volunteer and/or civic leader.
  • Someone who possesses a high degree of organic, local influence among members of his or her community.
  • An older, established resident–between the ages of 35 and 65–who is not as deeply ingratiated in today’s high-tech, digital environment as is his or her younger siblings, children or grandchildren, but who nonetheless possesses at least a basic level of computer literacy and internet competence.
  • Our readers are: school district superintendents, village trustees, mayors, school board members, attorneys, small business owners, accountants, nonprofit executives, hospital administrators, journalists and religious leaders.

For advertising rates and packages, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email, or call 708.316.8147.


5 thoughts on “ADVERTISE

  1. Hi Mike – Please add a feature that allows me to set up a monthly donation. I have donated for now, but would like to set it up for a monthly. Keep up the much needed objective voice in our community. Gustavo

  2. Gustavo,

    Since I don’t yet have the capacity to setup an automatic payment process, what you’ll have to probably do is donate (following the steps you took with your first donation) each month. Hopefully, this isn’t too much of a burden. Right now, I’m working on ways to make the process a lot easier. But in the meantime, this seems to be the most available method. Let me know if you have any suggestions. I appreciate your early and enthusiastic support! You and Sarah are awesome.


  3. Mike, I really appreciate what you’re doing for the Village! I do believe your reporting had a huge hand in this years election. Knowledge is power!

  4. Mike, good to meet you recently and I must admit you are an excellent writer/reporter. Enjoy the articles I have read and find the diversity and depth interesting. Keep up the good work.

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