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Public Press Receives $35,000 INNovation Fund Grant

We’re thrilled to announce that the San Francisco Public Press is receiving a $35,000 INNovation Fund grant to expand outreach programs through community organizing, collaboration with local groups and hosting regular public events to expand audience engagement.

The INNovation Fund, administered by the Institute for Nonprofit News, was established in 2014 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation “to spur business innovation and experimentation focused on audience engagement and long-term sustainability in nonprofit newsrooms.” The Democracy Fund contributed $200,000 to the fund, which allowed nearly twice as many organizations to receive grants in the current round.

We are grateful to INN, the Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund for their support.

Holiday Open House and Issue 18 Launch Party

Join us for drinks and snacks at a holiday open house party at the Public Press to celebrate the release of our new issue! Have a first look at our winter edition and meet the reporting team.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: San Francisco Public Press, 44 Page St., Suite 504, San Francisco

RSVP: Reply via or call 415-495-7377

We hope to see you on the 15th!




Join the Global Day of Giving

Thank you for contributing to our year-end campaign on this global day of giving. Your support today will help the Public Press produce in-depth investigations in 2016. Our reporters are already digging into stories on campaign finance, the rampant sale of personal data, and how current social and economic trends are reshaping San Francisco.

Here are three ways you can help the Public Press in honor of #GivingTuesday:

Become a member. Receive the next four issues of the newspaper — delivered by bicycle in San Francisco — plus invitations to special member events. Higher membership levels come with additional benefits.

Give a gift. Gift memberships are a great way to thank your family, friends and colleagues this holiday season.

The free option. Help the Public Press benefit from a class action settlement involving companies caught fixing prices by donating rebates owed to you for CRT televisions and computer monitors you purchased between 1995 and 2007.

We are thrilled to receive your support through all of these methods. Your contribution today will allow the Public Press to continue leading the way with public-interest journalism in 2016.

Thank you for your help!

Many Ways to Give

Dear members and friends,

Thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve given us this year. With your help, the San Francisco Public Press continues to do in-depth reporting on important local issues and investigate the effects of public policy decisions in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. 

This year, we produced reports on increasing segregation in San Francisco’s public schools, the lack of planning for sea level rise in new waterfront development all around the bay and a nonpartisan voter guide covering all the candidates and propositions for San Francisco’s Nov. 3 election. Coming soon: A comprehensive analysis of the rising cost of living. (Front page sneak peek at right.)

As a small, nonprofit news organization, the Public Press depends on the generosity of readers like you — people who value independent public media — to produce award-winning public-interest journalism.

As we approach the end of 2015, I’d like to tell you about three ways you can help the Public Press — including one option that won't cost you a dime.

Become a member or renew your membership. For your donation of $35 or more, receive home delivery of the next four issues of the newspaper — brought to you by bicycle in San Francisco — plus invitations to special member events. Higher membership levels come with additional benefits. New this year: Sign up for recurring monthly donations to help us develop a reliable stream of support and make giving simpler for you.

Give a gift. We offer gift memberships at every level — a great way to thank your family, friends and colleagues this holiday season. One size fits all in print! 

The free option. We’ve teamed up with DonateDirect, which helps nonprofits receive benefits from class action settlements for consumer products. This season, we’re participating in a cathode ray tube (CRT) settlement program. You can help by filling out the form linked from this page with the number of CRT televisions and computer monitors you purchased between 1995 and 2007, and by agreeing to transfer your rebate to the Public Press. Can you or your company can donate more than four CRT rebates? Please send an email to Glenn Nyhan at, and he will follow up with you about processing your donation.

We know you will be hearing from many organizations representing many deserving causes this holiday season. We hope you will consider including the Public Press among the organizations you choose to support as we approach the end of 2015. 

Warmest regards,

Lila LaHood

San Francisco Public Press Investigations Win Regional Honors

Two San Francisco Public Press investigations received 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter.

Creative Solutions to San Francisco’s Housing Crisis,” the Public Press's summer 2014 cover story exploring nine answers to the city's housing woes, received the Explanatory Journalism Award in the print/text small division. Judges praised the investigation's "exceptional effort" in researching potential solutions, noting the Public Press's crowdsourcing summit — "Hack the Housing Crisis" — inspired many of the report's ideas.

Winter 2015 cover story "Choice is Resegregating Public Schools" received the Investigative Journalism Award in the print/text small division. The sweeping, data-driven inquiry into the increasing racial segregation in San Francisco public schools sparked broad media and civic discussion.

We Did It


We did it! With your help, we surpassed our goal and raised $50,437 from more than 130 pledges from individuals and grants from the San Francisco Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. We offer our sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed during this campaign.

Thanks also to everyone who helped spread the word on social media. You introduced the San Francisco Public Press to more people than we could ever reach on our own.

Contributions to this campaign will support upcoming projects exploring the rising cost of living in San Francisco and campaign finance reform in local elections. They will help the Public Press continue to investigate the effects of public-policy decisions and to produce in-depth reports on housing, the environment, education and labor that help all of us in San Francisco and around the Bay Area understand our communities better.

If you didn’t get a chance to give before the campaign closed on Sept. 30, it’s not too late to donate. We will be thrilled to have you join the Public Press as a sustaining member.

Thank you for supporting independent, public-interest journalism! The Public Press thrives because of readers like you.

With great appreciation,

Lila LaHood               Michael Stoll
Publisher                    Excutive Director

Thank You, Campaign Contributors!

Anonymous • Holly Allen • Keli and David Amann • Kris Anderson • Mindy Aronoff • Joyce Ashizawa-Yee • Joel Aufrecht • Cristina Azocar • Cortney Balzan • Barbara and James Barnard • Shinwha Whang and Leon Barnard • Danna Basson • Berit Baumberger • Kevin Bayuk • Simon Bertrang • Patricia Bovan • Jean and Bruce Brugmann • Amanda Hickman and Noah Budnick • Lisa Burger • Raymond Buscemi • Ann Campbell • Camille Campbell • Krisann Chasarik • Bradley Cleveland • Megan and David Cohn • Denise D'Anne • Saheli Datta • Sam Dennison • Joe Diamond • Empower Together Consulting • Bonnie English • Liz Enochs • Moritz Fliedner • Yukari and Edward Franzwa • Miles and Jesse Garnier • Gregor Gentschev • Neal Gorenflo • Kari Gray • Liz Oliner and Burt Herman • Patrick Hillas • Christopher Ho • Louise Yarnall  and Tom Honig • Shirley Huey • Otto Imken • Amy and Adnan Iftekhar • Jerry Cain and Scott James • Thea Selby and Robert Johnstone • Linda Jue • Joshua Kalven • Ambika Kandasamy • Yukari Kane • Diane Keaton • Derek Kerr • Laurel Kilgour • Geri Koeppel • Deborah Kwan • Marquita Bedway and Alger LaHood • James LaHood • Lila LaHood • Mary Anne LaHood • Elizabeth Pontikes and Michael LaHood • Dhyana Levey • Denise Levine • Jennifer Loomis • Mack Lundstrom • Charles Marsteller • Eduardo Martinez • Kevin McKean • Susie McKinnon • John McManus • David Mitchell • Jim Musselman • Lisa Weinzimer and Glenn Nyhan • Aleksandra Vikati and Edwin Ong • Andrew Parker • Jill Patton • Christopher Peak • Jennifer and Jerome Perarnaud • Leslie Guevarra and Richard Pestorich • Maryta Piazza • Yvonne Pingue • Michal Post • Megan Prelinger • Nanci Quinn • Elizabeth Rapp • Patricia and Rowland Rebele • Patrick Reilly • Dennis Richards • Naomi Richen • Allyson and Ed Ritger • Kristina Rizga • Catherine Robbins • Richard Rothman • Mark Sanchez • Stephen Santamaria • Laurie Schecter • Peter Scheer • Bill Schwalb • Michael Siani-Rose • Stephen Silha • Suzanne Skees • Leef Smith • Yves Averous and Marc Smolowitz • Bill Snyder • Ellen Spertus • Sari Staver • Jon Steinberg • Michael Stoll • Judith and Stephen Stoll • Ruth Tam • Jason Tester • Maria Thompson • Lorri Ungaretti • Laura Wakeling • Frances Dinkelspiel and Gary Wayne • Rina Weisman • Oak and Sok Whang • Jamie Whitaker • Jay Wilson • Selma Wilson • Michael Winter • Yao Yue
Institutional supporters: Fund for Investigative Journalism • San Francisco Foundation

Help Us Reach the Top

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this campaign! We are extremely close to reaching our goal of raising $50,000 by Sept. 30 and need only $1,283. Can you help us get there by making a donation today?

Reaching this goal will help the Public Press continue to investigate the effects of public-policy decisions and to produce in-depth reports on housing, the environment, education and labor that help all of us in San Francisco and around the Bay Area understand our communities better.

We need your support today to drive home projects exploring the rising cost of living in San Francisco and campaign finance reform in local elections.

Bonus: Make a donation by Sept. 30 and be one of the first to receive our new thank-you gift — a San Francisco Public Press reporter’s notebook!

Thank you for helping the Public Press reach this goal!

Donate Now

Getting close

Campaign thermometerAlmost to Our Goal!

We are very close to reaching our goal of raising $50,000 by Sept. 30 and need only $3,309. We promise to end the campaign as soon as we hit the target!

Can you help by making a donation today? Reaching this goal will help the Public Press leverage new grant opportunities by showing foundations that the community supports what we do.

Thank you for joining us in this effort!

What Does It Mean to Donate to 
the San Francisco Public Press?

It means identifying policies that keep us all safe. Less than a month after the Public Press released a map of soft-story residential buildings vulnerable to earthquake damage, then-Supervisor David Chiu proposed mandatory seismic retrofitting for those very buildings — a policy that quickly gained approval from the board of supervisors. 

It means uncovering inequity. Public Press reporters compiled original research on PTA fundraising at San Francisco elementary schools, creating a data set the school board had never seen and reinvigorating discussions about inequality in education.

It means accountability. Following a Public Press investigation that exposed the city's falling rate of domestic violence prosecutions, the district attorney acknowledged that his department was not aware of the trend and committed to examining it.

That's what it means to give to the Public Press, and we need your support to continue this work. Help us publish more public-interest journalism.

New: $5-Per-Month Membership Plan

Become a member of the San Francisco Public PressJoin the Public Press as a sustaining member and contribute to a steady source of funding to our nonprofit newsroom. Pledge $5 per month and immediately qualify for Cub Reporter membership level benefits. The drop-down menu includes higher donation options, which qualify you for additional benefits. Visit our membership page for more details.


Media Coverage of Our Sea Level Rise Reporting

Here’s what other media outlets are saying about the Public Press’ sea level rise report:

Read our sea level rise report detailing how the Bay Area’s current waterfront building frenzy includes at least $21 billion in housing and commercial construction in low-lying areas that climate scientists say could flood by the end of the century.

Order a copy of the Summer 2015 print edition or pick one up at these locations around the Bay Area. Become a member to support local public-interest journalism and receive a subscription for the next for issues of the San Francisco Public Press, plus additional member benefits.

Sea Level Rise Report — Coming Soon!

Kevin Stark measuring high tide at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our summer campaign this past week! Together you pledged nearly $6,000 to support the San Francisco Public Press, bringing our summer fundraising total close to $31,000.

Join this week’s flash campaign to help us reach our $50,000 goal even faster: New and renewed membership donations through the end of Friday, July 10, will be matched up to $500 by Public Press board member David Cohn and his wife Megan.

An additional incentive to act now: If you join by Monday, July 13, you will be listed as a member in Issue 17, which will be published next week.

We’re excited to share the new issue with you. Lead reporters Kevin Stark (pictured here measuring high tide near the Ferry Building) and Winnie Bird have been working on the sea level rise project since early this year, supported by a sprawling crew of interns, senior editors, cartographers, photographers and illustrators.

The Bay Area’s current building frenzy includes both housing and commercial construction. In examining approval processes for new buildings on the bay’s edge, our team found that cities are green-lighting waterfront development with little regard for long-term planning or the future cost of retrofitting large-scale projects — a burden passed on to future residents — in light of consensus projections for sea level rise.

Map preview of San Francisco Bay waterfront development.

This report is heading to press and is guaranteed to reach readers. Can you help us keep this work going? We need your support to ensure that the San Francisco Public Press can continue producing in-depth investigations that show the real impact of public policy decisions and help all of us in the Bay Area understand our communities better.

Help the San Francisco Public Press raise $50,000 this summer and take advantage of a $15,000 matching grant from the San Francisco Foundation by donating today to support our work as a trailblazer for public-interest journalism.

Thank you for joining us in this effort!

Graphic via FreeimagesHub. Illustration by Olivia Henry.

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