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From Our Leadership

As one integrated, merged newsroom, we believe in reaching the broadest audience possible – the theory being that the more people who see noteworthy journalism, the greater the impact and likelihood for results.
- Mark Katches
Editorial Director

Frequently Asked Questions about Donating

Why is The Bay Citizen a member-supported organization?
How do I make a donation?
What is the Sustainer program?
Will my donation benefit local reporting or the Center for Investigative Reporting as a whole?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Is my payment secure?
Can I give a gift membership?
How can I get my employer to match my donation to The Bay Citizen?
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Do you refund donations?
How do I change/cancel my recurring membership?

Why is The Bay Citizen a member-supported organization?
The Bay Citizen exists to provide a valuable public service for the Bay Area community, and we rely on support from that same community to make us sustainable. Foundations and major donors have helped us get off the ground, but it’s individual members like you who will make sure we’re here to stay. In less than five years’ time we hope that the majority of our funds come from individual memberships.

How do I make a donation?
You can make a one-time or recurring donation online or by mail. If you would like to mail us a check, please print out and include this form with your donation.

What is the Sustainer program?
Our Sustainers make recurring monthly donations to support The Bay Citizen. They are our most dedicated and committed supporters who provide a dependable income stream, allowing us to focus more resources on journalism and less on raising the necessary funds. Members like our Sustainer program because it’s convenient and ensures uninterrupted membership. You can become a Sustainer here.

Will my donation benefit local reporting or the Center for Investigative Reporting as a whole?
All donations made to The Bay Citizen, whether online at baycitizen.org or via mail, will only be used to support reporting about the Bay Area.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. The Center for Investigative Reporting, our corporate parent, is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity. Our tax ID number is 94-2434026. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Is my payment secure?
The Bay Citizen uses Authorize.Net to process all of our online donations. Authorize.Net utilizes industry-leading technologies and protocols, such as 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and is compliant with a number of government and industry security initiatives.

Can I give a gift membership?
Yes. Giving a gift membership to that news-lover in your life is a perfect present for holidays, birthdays, or special occasions. Please contact us at membership@baycitizen.org with the gift member’s name and email address, as well as any gift message you would like the recipient to receive. If you prefer to give a gift by mail, please print this form and mail it to:

The Bay Citizen
Attn: Membership Dept.
126 Post Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94108

How can I get my employer to match my donation to The Bay Citizen (Center for Investigative Reporting)?
Many large employers have matching programs that double or even triple the amount you donate to registered tax-exempt 501(c)3 charities like the Center for Investigative Reporting (our corporate parent). Please ask your company’s human resources department whether they match employee contributions. You may need the following information to fill out your company’s matching form:

Tax ID number: 94-2434026
Address: 2130 Center St., Suite 103, Berkeley, CA 94704

Please contact us if you need more information, or check out our Matching gifts page.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes. If you’ve made a one-time online donation, you can find your tax receipt in the confirmation email. If you make a recurring monthly donation, we will mail you a tax receipt summarizing your contributions in that calendar year.

Do you refund donations?
If a donation was made in error, please contact us at membership@baycitizen.org within one week of your donation, and we will refund it.

How do I change/cancel my recurring membership?
Please email membership@baycitizen.org and we will email you with a confirmation once your cancellation has been processed.

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The Bay Citizen
2130 Center St., Suite 103
Berkeley, CA 94704