Join the Badass Community



Bold level: Organizations and Students

We create stories with community, not simply for community. We are focused on story development and sharing about:

  • housing,
  • mental health, addressing gender-based violence,
  • restorative justice,
  • ecolution (our term for revolutions in local economies and ecosystems).

If you care about any of these statewide issues, contact to ask about becoming an institutional partner in the Badass community.

Individual Badass Membership


Active level*

Pays for two CALL newsletter ads per month from under-resourced organizations. Increases our fund for first-person essays — a rare approach in media.

Doyenne level*

Supports Greater Minnesota conversations to enhance our “Hometown Values & Vision” and “Collective Health” series. Enables us to gift an Active membership (let us know if you have someone in mind).

Asset-maker level

Tax-deductible option. Helps us develop stories about: Re-imagining Public Safety, Ecolution, Reducing Gender-Based Violence, Hometown Values & Vision.

* Only the Asset-maker level is a charitable donation that qualifies for a tax deduction.


If you want to offer a substantial tax-deductible donation, send to our fiscal agent:

Local Media Foundation
P.O. Box 85015
Chicago, IL 60689-5033

Tax ID: 36-4427750



“Be a Badass” membership enables us to develop and distribute the content we uniquely offer.

Why are people interested in this membership? MBA students at St. Kate’s connected with members in our pilot program, who told them they want to:

  • Support coverage I don’t see elsewhere (74%)
  • Connect with others involved in like-minded issues (47%)
  • Access special events (38%)
  • Share action alerts  (36%)

Who is a Badass so far?

A Sample of Our Community Events

All members have the option to:

  • Attend the members-only April anniversary event
  • Vote for “Badass Minnesotan of the Year” recognitions awarded at the event
  • Receive the Tuesday CALL newsletter (opt-out available; this is how we share invitations, action steps, and announcements)