The Spotlight Club is a network of philanthropists who view data-driven, investigative journalism as critical to our community.

Spotlight Club donors invest in investigative journalism to ensure fearless, non-partisan reporters are looking out for the community’s best interest.

Our journalism acts as a watchdog on decisions, policies, and practices affecting our daily lives. Your support means our work can dig deeper into the issues that matter and broaden our reach into more communities.

Donors who give $1,000 or more annually become part of the Spotlight Club. Make your gift today and enjoy “behind the story” events, advanced release of major investigations, special events, and more. For more information, please email

Donor Benefits

Inside Source $1,000+

  • Advance alerts of upcoming news stories
  • “Behind the Deadline” videos about key stories, direct from the reporters who wrote them
  • Invitations to Spotlight Club events, featuring prominent names in the media
  • Monthly “Inside inewsource” updates from the CEO and Editor
  • Recognition as a Spotlight Club member on the website, at signature events, and in newsletters

Headliner $2,500+

  • All of the Inside Source perks, plus…
  • Invitations to “Coffee with the Editor,” highlighting insider updates and discussion of pressing San Diego concerns and stories

Illuminator – $5,000+

  • All of the Headliner perks, plus…
  • Invitations to private VIP salon events

Fourth Estate – $10,000+

  • All of the Illuminator perks, plus…
  • Dinner with the Editor (with an option to include four additional guests)
  • Special opportunities to meet with prominent names in the media and to invite guests