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Glenda Wolin is a retired newspaper editor who is active in local voter registration drives.
"I know real journalism has costs and those costs must be supported," Wolin wrote after recently donating to the Rivard Report. "Paying for quality news is the right thing to do."
Jimmy Toubin is the owner and president of the Toubin Insurance Agency in San Antonio and has been active in supporting San Antonio nonprofits for decades. He serves on the board of the San Antonio Food Bank where he has been deeply involved in fundraising efforts over the years.
Toubin recently attended a welcome reception at the Empire Theatre for Editor-in-Chief Beth Frerking, who became the Rivard Report's top editor in late September. Her appointment was a homecoming for the Seguin native after a 30-year career in Washington, D.C. Toubin signed on as a supporting member for the first time following the event.
"I am interested in the truth," Toubin wrote as he joined.
Rachel Holland was a young professional fresh out of college working downtown at the Hemisfair Redevelopment Corp. when she first discovered the Rivard Report and became a regular reader. After moving to Washington, D.C., and earning a graduate degree in global communications at George Washington University, she became the communications director for U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas).
Holland gets back to San Antonio a couple of times a year but lives and works in the nation's capital. She relies on the Rivard Report to stay connected with her hometown, so this month she renewed her annual membership.
"I love the Rivard Report – it is the most thorough and comprehensive local news outlet available!" Holland wrote as she renewed her membership.
Wolin, Toubin, and Holland are among the many San Antonians from near and far who have joined or renewed as members of the nonprofit Rivard Report this month.
With more than half of December past, the Rivard Report has passed the halfway mark of earning a $100,000 challenge grant from the San Antonio-based Newman Foundation. Supporters have contributed more than $67,000 in donations from new individual and business members and increased donations from existing members.
Ten days remain for the Rivard Report to earn the entire grant before the end of the year. Click here to donate or to renew or increase your 2017 donation and help the Rivard Report earn a dollar-for-dollar match.
Earlier this month, new and renewing members helped the Rivard Report earn a $28,000 challenge grant from News Match, a national campaign created to encourage local community support for nonprofit news organizations. News Match is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The News Match campaign will be the first time the Rivard Report has received funding from national foundations that have an expressed interest in funding nonprofit news.
The Rivard Report, which turns six years old in February and reorganized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in August 2015, is one of more than 140 nonprofit online news enterprises operating in U.S. cities and state capitals that belong to the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Nonprofit News. In keeping with INN best practices, the Rivard Report discloses the sources of all its donations from foundations, philanthropists, and business and individual members.
The work of the staff of 15 journalists and business team members is underwritten in San Antonio by major donors as well as more than 1,200 members who contribute $5, $10, or $25 a month. Click here to review a complete listing of donors and members. Advertising and event revenue also help fund the Rivard Report's community journalism.
"Beth's arrival as our new editor is the capstone of a year of tremendous growth," co-founder and Publisher Robert Rivard said. "This year we have added a community health reporter, a data director, and an arts and culture reporter, and we have more good news coming in the new year.
"We could not do what we do without the generous support of our members, local foundations, and philanthropists. We expect 2018 to be another year of growth and an ever-evolving news report for San Antonio's most engaged citizens."
All of the members of the Rivard Report board of directors give generously to support the enterprise. The board is led by Chairman Richard "Dick" T. Schlosberg III, the former publisher of the Denver Post and Los Angeles Times who went to head the Packard and Kaiser Foundations in California before returning to live in San Antonio. He also is a founder of the U.S. Air Force Academy Endowment at his alma mater.
John "Chico" Newman Jr. , who oversees the Newman Family Foundation, serves as vice chairman of the Rivard Report board and has been a longtime supporter of nonprofit news, including the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Tribune in Austin, as well as many other nonprofit endeavors in San Antonio.
Other board members include Lew Moorman, founder of ScaleWorks and former president of Rackspace; Katy Flato, former managing editor of Texas Monthly and co-founder of the San Antonio Book Festival; Dan Goodgame, vice president for corporate communications at Rackspace and longtime editor at Time and Fortune magazines; and Laura Saldivar Luna, the executive director of Teach for America in San Antonio.
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