Major Gift Opportunities

At inewsource, we are committed to expanding our reporting and improving our capacity to bring you the most fearless, unbiased and precise investigative and accountability reporting possible. As a nonprofit newsroom, we need your help to accomplish our goals.

Our core mission is to produce hard-hitting reporting that will positively impact the San Diego region and beyond. To do this, we need skilled journalists and editors, and they need equipment and support.

Your generosity helps us to sustain and to flourish, ensuring there are more of us looking out for you. Following are the priorities we have set for 2019:

Infrastructure Reporting Funds
(new beat!)


Streets, sidewalks, curbs, storm drains, parks, water and sewer lines – the list goes on. Infrastructure is the foundation of our physical civic life, and as it erodes, so does our quality of life. It affects the region’s economic health and its ability to grow.

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There is no question that infrastructure in this region is crumbling – to the tune of billions of dollars in needed maintenance – and no one is watchdogging this collapse. We want to dig deep into where the money is being spent, how efficiently it’s being spent and how equitably.

This is a new coverage area for us, and we want to raise a full three years of funding to launch it.

We have received a generous match gift of $50,000 towards this initiative. Support inewsource today in our quest to dig into infrastructure and have your contribution matched, up to $50,000.

Education Reporting Funds


Our coverage has had broad and tangible impacts, and creating a fund dedicated to education reporting will guarantee that inewsource has the resources to bring attention to systemic problems and prompt positive change.

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inewsource is a small news operation with big goals: To fill the voids in coverage left by the downsizing of newspapers and other traditional media. Consider this: There are 42 school districts across San Diego County, collecting hundreds of millions of tax dollars to educate students. In addition, there are publicly funded universities and community colleges. There are only a handful of reporters in this region covering education full-time.

Public education needs watchdogs. And inewsource knows best how to do that kind of reporting.

Here are a few examples of the impact that followed inewsource education reports:

We distinguish ourselves among other news organizations by our expertise in data. That means our stories are precise, often down to the decimal point, and our tools can help you make better decisions in your daily life.

Here is one example: We gathered the data for property in the county that is assessed a special tax called Mello-Roos and mapped it. You can see your tax history and click around your neighborhood to compare. Check it out.

Health and Healthcare Reporting Funds


inewsource coverage has focused on access to and quality of care. We expose weaknesses in the system, and strive to put our thorough, data-rich reports into the hands of those who can make improvements. In-depth, accountability journalism helps educate people as they navigate tough decisions for themselves and their families.

Website Reconstruction Funds


A newly designed website will deliver our reporting through a fast-loading, slick-looking interface and a homepage that’s easier to navigate. It needs to be clean, make sense and be easy to get around. It will improve our service to you.

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inewsource is turning 10, and we need to make serious changes to keep up with the times.

Our website is (figuratively) held together with masking tape and baling wire, and it’s calling out for a completely new front and backend. It’s our face to the world. A website creates first and lasting impressions, and it needs change as the organization flourishes. inewsource is a serious and vibrant newsroom that has grown in sophistication and impact over the years. Our website should trumpet that message in how it looks and how it works.

A newly designed website will deliver our reporting through a fast-loading, slick-looking interface and a homepage that’s easier to navigate. It needs to be clean, make sense and be easy to get around. It will improve our service to you.

We need to make the site as clean as possible for the thousands of people who come to find our news. It also needs to showcase our ever-expanding offerings, such as community events, videos, photo galleries, reporters’ TV appearances, partner information and data expertise.

Consider these problems and remedies:

  • The homepage is confusing and difficult to navigate. It just doesn’t look good. And it’s slow. Redesigning the framework would guarantee increased traffic to our content and engagement with the community.
  • Our backend infrastructure is a Frankenstein, the result of lots of little fixes over the years. It’s hard to find things. Files are outdated or duplicative. In some cases, we use outdated tools that drag down the whole system. A rebuild will fix these issues.
  • The site is not optimized to be “mobile first,” which is where users are headed. This past year (2017-2018), mobile traffic accounted for 51 percent of our traffic. We need to keep up with news consumers in providing content in the way they want to receive it.
  • There are some very powerful tools out there that can help us raise funds, increase readership and boost productivity. But they can’t be fully “hooked up” to our clunky old website. A rebuild would incorporate these tools.

Invest in our website and you will help us serve you better.

Internship Funds


A dual mission of inewsource is teaching and mentoring journalism’s next generation. We do this primarily by offering paid internships every semester to aspiring investigative and data journalists.

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The program exposes students to the specialized crafts of in-depth, precision-based journalism. inewsource is distinguished among other news organizations for our expertise in data and deep accountability reporting, and we teach these skills to interns in our sought-after program.

Hear from our interns:

Editor Funds


Editors are leaders whose goal is to help reporters do their best work. They advise, they guide, they push and they support. Reporters and editors are a team, working to find, investigate and tell stories that have the potential to make our lives better.

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Editors are also a safety net to make sure every fact is verified and that the reporting is as fair and balanced as it can be. They usually operate behind the scenes. No bylines or credit lines. Their satisfaction is in a job well done for you.

The buck stops with our editors. You can support their critical role in the editorial process by donating to our Editors Fund.

There are many ways for you to support inewsource.

The above opportunities enable our organization to expand and launch new initiatives.

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To learn more about inewsource's major gift opportunities and how you can support them,
please contact Lorie Hearn at or 619-594-8197.