Fundraising Fridays: Our $10,000 challenge

Fundraising Fridays: Our $10,000 challenge

Michele Ellson

Over these past several months, we’ve worked hard to offer you a clear, unbiased view of what’s going on in your schools, at City Hall and across this Island we call home because we think it’s important that you have the tools you need to participate in local civic affairs. We offer The Alamedan to you free of charge because we think that everyone should be kept in the loop whether they can pay for news or not, and because we view the site as a community asset that belongs to you.

But producing the news costs money, which we are also working continuously to raise. So far we’ve held our first fundraiser and applied for a number of grants, and we’re initiating efforts to accept corporate sponsorships. But another element critical to our success is the support of readers like you.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in individual donations in 2012, and we need your help to reach it.

To those who have already offered your support, thank you. We are deeply grateful to you for recognizing the value of the service we provide, and for helping us to get the fundraising ball rolling.

For our other readers who support The Alamedan and our community by taking the time out to find out what’s going on, we’ll be offering a weekly entry detailing the cost of providing news and the important role you play in keeping it flowing every Friday for the rest of 2012.

Over less than five months of operation, we’ve opened the doors to school board meetings (now with live video!) that no one else was covering, and kept you apprised of the latest on Alameda Hospital’s growing financial crisis and efforts to solve it. And there’s lots more to come. If you value The Alamedan and the news and information we provide, please consider contributing today. (If you donate $100 or more, you'll get a snazzy Alamedan T-shirt.) As always, thank you for your support.