Help fund Frost Illustrated

$3,700 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 28 months
Frost Illustrated  FORT WAYNE, IN

A piece of Fort Wayne's history is at risk of disappearing and needs your help.

Frost Illustrated, this community's oldest weekly newspaper and one of the longest running black-owned businesses in the area, is in financial jeopardy after stolen checks devastated our bank account.

Since 1968, we've been a consistent voice in the community. In the face of the recession and the sharp decline of advertising dollars faced by newspapers everywhere, we had some obstacles to overcome. But by streamlining our operations, improving our digital presence, and building new audiences through social media, we were beginning to see a new, sustainable Frost Illustrated.

That's why this loss is particularly devastating.

But we've seen how well this community can rally around a common cause, and we're hoping to see some of that here. Frost Illustrated has been publishing "News & Views of African Americans" each week for over four decades, and with your help, we'd love to continue to do so for decades to come.

PHOTO: Publisher Edward N. Smith founded Frost in 1968. His wife, Mrs. Edna Smith, was the executive editor of the paper for more than three decades.

Help us raise the amount that was lost due to theft (prior to overdraft fees) and get back on our feet. All money will go directly to the continued production, printing, and distribution of our weekly paper, as well as paying our one part time and two full time staff members. Additional funds raised will go toward the overdraft fees that resulted in the freezing of our bank account.

Click here to watch the WANE-TV news report

Click here to read the full story

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Update 3
24 months ago

Hello friends of Frost! We have recently re-opened the office at 3121 S. Calhoun St. after many months of being closed due to maintenance issues. We couldn't have made it this far without the generous support of you and our advertisers!

WANE-TV did a follow up story on Frost, which you can read or watch by clicking the link
The Frost office is back open!
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Update 2
27 months ago

We're more than half way to our goal, thanks to all of our donors so far and including last weekend's fund-raiser at American Legion Post 148! See more at
Please keep spreading the word. We're so grateful for all of your support!
Thanks to all the Legion fundraisers!
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Update 1
28 months ago

We've raised more than 25% of our goal in just one week thanks to 22 generous donations!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has donated, offered words of encouragement and helped to spread the word about our situation.

Click the link to read the front page story from this week's paper "Frost publisher thanks public for support!"

And for those of you in the Fort Wayne area, make plans to attend the Friends of Frost Benefit Concert & Fundraiser this Saturday, July 5 from 2-6pm at American Legion Post 148, 705 E Lewis St.

Featuring Fatima Washington & Band, Todd Harrold Band, DJs, Guest Speakers, Poets Alle Wims and Victor Brown, Comedians Marlin Hills and Mufasa.

The cost is just a $5 donation per person. There will be brats, hot dogs and burgers for sale at the event. All proceeds raised will go to Frost Illustrated!
Frost publisher Edward N. Smith Sr.
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$3,700 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 28 months
Created June 25, 2014
Al McFarlane
1 month ago

All the best, Ed. Let's chat. Al McFarlane 612-695-0417

23 months ago (Offline Donation)
John Peirce
23 months ago

Frost serves a niche no one else does.

23 months ago
Derrick Yarbro
25 months ago

Good Luck with keeping the paper going.

25 months ago
Lydia Morgan
26 months ago
Lisa Vives
27 months ago

So sorry to hear about this adversity. Stay strong and keep the news coming! 434 Facebook friends can't be wrong! (you're doing a great job!)

Sally Witwer
27 months ago (Offline Donation)
27 months ago
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