With funding for our education beat ending this December, and grants and advertising covering only part of our reporting, Oakland Local needs your donations.

Oakland Local is going into our fifth year of serving the Oakland community, and we’ve enjoyed significant growth in readership, reach, impact, recognition and fundraising. However, we’re at a moment when we need your financial support to keep going.

We need to ask you to give to support our work in 2014

Even though our operating budget went up in 2013, and we sold ads and got grants, we don’t have the kind of endowment or sustaining support that ensure our coverage of Oakland issues–city hall, zoning, police, youth, schools, food, neighborhoods–will continue without support from our readers.

Please donate now to help us meet our 2014 fund-raising goals.

As a non-profit news and community organization, we’re part of Oakland. Like you, our team lives and works right here in the city. Like you, we want to tell the world about the good things in Oakland–and those that really need to be improved.OL-Fundraising donate 2013--badge

We need your support this winter to help Oakland Local grow an individual donor base so we can keep delivering the consistent and diverse coverage you expect from us.

  • If you want our education and youth coverage to continue, please support us.
  • If you want stories on gentrification, zoning, and city development, please support us.
  • If you want authentic local stories about neighborhood issues and problems–blight, potholes, dumping, lack of police—please support us.
  • And if you want great coverage of arts, culture and things to do, – please support us.

 

And if you want more convincing, then please read on.

Oakland Local is about authenticity, impact, and reach. Our reporting and community voices pieces reach listeners through media partners at KQED, where our reporters appear regularly, and through posting our work on SF Gate, The Oakland Post, New America Media, and Yahoo! News.

We share new and information with over 22,000 social media followers, and 1.6 MM annual visitors to our site. Last year, our event series–which covered arts in Oakland, entrepreneurship and makers, education, and digital equity–connected our audience with leaders in the city–and reached more than 500 people.

It costs Oakland Local more than $24,000 a year to fund our education beat and cover the school board meetings, school news, charter schools, school policies, and new statewide programs like Common Core that affect our schools–and we spend another $30,000 a year covering city hall, arts & culture, food and other local news.

We work hard to help you get to the stories that wouldn’t be told without Oakland Local–and now we need you to step up. Grants and even advertising dollars won’t keep us going without real on the ground community support. In order for Oakland Local to continue our coverage, we need your donation this year.

Please join the 185 readers who have already shown their support of Oakland Local in 2013 with a donation. You can donate via our page at RazooOL-Fundraising donate 2013--badge–with either a one-time donation, or a monthly amount. If you prefer, you can email a pledge commitment to us at pledge@oaklandlocal.com, and we will follow up.

If every reader we had gave us $10-25 dollars, we’d be in amazing shape. If 10% of our member base can give make a donation of $25 or more, we could make our goals for the year.

Every gift matters to us, even the small ones. Please give what you can so we can continue to report on Oakland for you.

Sincerely,
Susan Mernit and the Oakland Local team

PS Today, we’re asking you to contribute money to pay experienced reporters to cover the local issues that are important to you in 2014. Please help us to tell the stories of Oakland.

Please donate now  to help us meet our 2014 fund-raising goals.

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