Updates about the Alameda Post
Thank you for being one of our readers and supporters. We are grateful for your enthusiasm and engagement with us as we have been starting up. We continue to grow and things are getting exciting here at the Alameda Post as we start to join forces with the community and like-minded organizations to expand our resources. We have news this week on several fronts we would like to share with you!
Many of you have asked if you can send in contributions, and until now we have put you off. We are planning a robust membership program to create a community to support our local independent journalism. We intend to offer plans similar to what NPR and PBS do with their fundraising, but we need staff to administer that program first.
Before we can create our membership program, we do need your donations. Although we cannot provide you with the ability to deduct contributions made directly to us from your taxes right now, once we are granted nonprofit status by the IRS, your contribution will become tax deductible retroactively. We will let you know if and when that happens, or if we are not approved.
We welcome contributions of all amounts. If you would like to support our efforts, please visit our secure online donation page at Square.com to make a contribution via credit card, and we thank you very much for your support.
Our next piece of big news is that Alameda’s West End Arts District has agreed to support us by serving as our fiscal sponsor until our nonprofit status is approved. Their board determined that our missions as nonprofits were aligned and they appreciate the work we are doing to support the arts community and the general community. We will target larger sponsors and businesses so that we can raise sufficient operating capital in fewer transactions and not overtax WEAD’s resources. We are deeply grateful for their willingness to work with us, and look forward to supporting their valuable programs via our fundraising efforts.
Finally, our other big news is that we have been accepted for membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News, an organization which supports independent journalists and news publications like ours. According to their site, “The Institute for Nonprofit News strengthens and supports more than 360 independent news organizations in a new kind of news network: nonprofit, nonpartisan and dedicated to public service… connecting communities, holding the powerful accountable and strengthening democracy.” We are excited to be a part of this powerful network and we look forward to growing and providing better coverage for Alameda with their support and guidance.
Our new partnerships with our community, the West End Arts District, and the Institute for Nonprofit News will help us become a better news organization. We look forward to expanding our coverage, increasing our range of offerings, and reaching out to include more Alamedans.