The Spotlight Club is a growing network of philanthropists who view credible and in-depth journalism as critical to a functioning democracy. Members invest in investigative journalism to ensure fearless, non-partisan truth-tellers are looking out for the best interest of the community.

Our journalism acts as a watchdog on decisions, policies and practices affecting our daily lives. inewsource strives to uphold the constitution to the highest level, and your support of us at the highest levels means our work can dig deeper into the issues that matter and widen our reach into more communities.

Membership is open to all donors who give $1,000 or more annually. As a Spotlight Club member, you become part of a prestigious group of friends dedicated to supporting investigative reporting. Join today to enjoy a full year of “behind the story” insights, advanced release of major investigations, special events and more.

Membership 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 website, at signature events and in newsletters

Headliner – $2,500+

  • All of the above, 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 above, plus…
  • Invitations to private VIP salon events
  • Personal service ombudsman, Alina Strauss, to answer questions and to accommodate requests from members

Fourth Estate – $10,000+

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


The best and most popular Spotlight Club benefits we have to offer are our events. Every Spotlight Club event we host is intent on curating a relevant, interesting conversation that uplifts the importance of journalists and the necessity of a free, credible press. 

Saving Local News

July 31, 2020

John Thornton, co-founder of the American Journalism Project, talked about the essential role of civic news in local democracy.

The Price of Truthful Reporting

August 19, 2020

Maria Ressa, co-founder of the Rappler news site in the Philippines and an international face of the fight for press freedom, shared the dangers of the media being manipulated by the government.

America: What went wrong?

September 10, 2020

Jim Steele premier investigative reporter and winner of multiple Pulitzer Prizes, furthered the discussion of America’s disappearing middle class in this Spotlight Club virtual event.

Spotlight Club Members

Major Impact Ambassador $25,000+

  • Marilyn Creson-Brown and James Brown
  • Anne Evans
  • Pam and Hal Fuson
  • The Hervey Family Fund
  • Joan and Irwin Jacobs
  • Allison and Robert Price
  • Sandra Timmons and Richard Sandstrom
  • Nita and Henk van der Werff
  • Karin Winner

Fourth Estate $10,000+

  • Stephanie Bergsma and Dwight Hare
  • Martha and Ed Dennis
  • Una Davis and Jack McGrory
  • Amy Ginnow and Andrée Morin
  • William Grosskopf
  • Linda and Mel Katz
  • Carol Lazier and Jay Merritt
  • Karen and John Liu

Illuminator $5,000+

  • Pat Abbott
  • Peter Cooper
  • Susanna and Michael Flaster
  • Larry Friedman
  • Joyce Gattas
  • The Lynn Family Fund
  • Susan and Peter Mallory
  • Manpower San Diego
  • Connie Matsui and Bill Beckman
  • Jordanna Polis-Schutz
  • Susan Polis-Schutz and Stephen Schutz
  • Paula and Brian Powers
  • Stacy and Don Rosenberg
  • Deborah Szekely
  • Paula Taylor and Bernie Kulchin
  • Amy and Horacio Valeiras
  • Andrew Viterbi
  • Kitty and Keene Wolcott

Headliner $2,500+

  • Dede and Michael Alpert
  • John Caple
  • Denise Carabet and Don Howells
  • Judy Clarke and Speedy Rice
  • Emily and Dan Einhorn
  • Alicia and Charles Foster
  • Kim Godwin and Tom Wilcox
  • Laura and Guy Halgren
  • Pam and Dennis Mudd
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • Gayle and Phil Tauber
  • Pat and Chris Weil
  • Cynthia Wingard

Inside Source $1,000+

  • Kate Adams
  • Sayed Ali
  • Terry Atkinson
  • Valerie Barker
  • Heather Bergman and Matt Steiner
  • Mary Ann Beyster
  • Janet Bourgeois
  • Karen Brailean
  • Merle and Mitch Brodie
  • Joan and Daniel Brown
  • Anne-Marie Caple
  • Candace Carroll and Len Simon
  • Linda Chester and Ken Rind
  • Michele and Kenneth Chin-Purcell
  • Vickie Church
  • Margaret and Paul Citron
  • Bret Cleveland and Robert Algeni
  • Amy Corton and Carl Eibl
  • Guylyn and Scott Cummins
  • Kelly Davenport and Mark DeBoskey
  • Elissa and Gary Davis
  • Mary and Jim Dawe
  • Ingrid de Llamas
  • Sr. RayMonda DuVall
  • Elisabeth Eisner-Forbes
  • Jane and Tom Fetter
  • Pat Finn and Walter Burkhard
  • Theresa Foudy and John Castellano 
  • Barbara Freeman
  • John Freis
  • Leticia and David Fuhriman
  • Elaine Galinson and Herb Solomon
  • Hanna and Mark Gleiberman
  • Renita Greenberg
  • Emily and Rodrigo Guevara
  • Matthew Halgren and Thomas Lipp
  • Marjorie Hansen-Shaevitz and Morton Shaevitz
  • Steve Hart
  • Barbara and Jim Hartung
  • Ruth Hayward
  • Lorie Hearn
  • Jay Hill
  • Rosanne and Joel Holliday
  • Ida Houby and Bill Miller
  • Leanne Hull MacDougall
  • Jim Hurley
  • Joanne Hutchinson and David Cooper
  • Nora Jaffe
  • Nancy Jamison and Mark Dillon
  • Jay Jeffcoat
  • The Jewish Community Foundation
  • Stuart Karasik
  • Sheryl and Kenneth King
  • Gail and Marty Levin
  • Sheila and Jeff Lipinsky
  • Tom Maddox and Randy Clark
  • Susan and John Magee
  • Barbara Majure
  • Susan and Mike Marrinan
  • Nathan McCay
  • Margaret McKeown and Peter Cowhey
  • Maggie and Paul Meyer
  • Mary Munk
  • Evelyn Nagel and Christopher Meyers
  • Cindy and George Olmstead
  • Mahesh Podar
  • Susan Raffee
  • Martha Rason
  • Laurayne Ratner
  • Carolyn Revelle
  • Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany
  • Julie Ruedi and Bob Engler
  • Georgia and Blair Sadler
  • Susan and Edward Sanderson
  • Isabel and Scott Schechter
  • Lynn Schenk
  • Charles and Donna Sevilla
  • Darlene Shiley
  • Susan Shirk and Sam Popkin
  • Nancy and Alan Spector
  • Kat and Ted Steuer
  • Cookie and Tom Sudberry
  • Samara Tauber
  • Lori and Paul Thiel
  • John Venekamp and Cliff Schireson
  • Audrey Viterbi and Dan Smargon
  • Will Vukmanic
  • Mary Walshok
  • Laura Wingard and Michael Schuerman
  • Dale Yahnke
  • Ann Zahner

Want to support high-quality investigative journalism and see your name on this list? Join the Spotlight Club today!