It is the end of the year and many people are trying to figure out the best way to provide donations to the nonprofits they believe the community needs.

We routinely talk about why you should donate and support this service. But we figured, this time, we would let members speak for themselves. Below, a few of them explain why they contributed much better than we could have. Please consider joining them today. is a 501c3 nonprofit that spends your contribution wisely. You see what we do every day.  Make your charitable contribution to VOSD by Dec. 31 for the 2009 tax year.

I support because its reporting simply goes deeper than the mainstream alternatives. Rob Davis’ writing in particular has not only been informative but also a catalyst to get involved.

— Russ Havens, Kensington

If I use a service, I want to pay something for it. Being retired, I can’t afford to contribute very much. But, I do want to contribute something.

— Philip Erdelsky, North Park

We decided to contribute to VOSD because we want to support the fine reporting and journalism the staff is doing. VOSD is unbiased, nonpolitical, focused on local issues and your reporters take the time to dig deep to find the story. We’re getting stories we wouldn’t know about without VOSD.

— Jere McInerney and Mark Ratner, Mission Hills

I decided to make my modest monthly contribution because VOSD is providing insightful, incisive coverage of issues that otherwise are going uncovered in San Diego.

— Mark Stadler, Rancho Peñasquitos

Genuine investigative reporting, not just reliance on press releases, is all too rare. I try to convey the value of it to my students; just saying how valuable it is seemed not enough anymore, so I put some money where my mouth is. Additionally, I’ve found that Emily Alpert’s education reporting consistently does two things: 1) when she reports on something I, as an “insider,” know a lot about, she gets it right; 2) when she reports on something with which I have only passing familiarity, she asks the questions I would want to ask myself. Both of these characteristics have convinced me she is doing work our city desperately needs done. Quite simply: I trust her to find, and report, the truth about education matters vital to us all as a community. There is a truth ethic permeating all sections of your website. I often wish I could muckrake a little myself, so it seems only right to help support an organization like VOSD to do it for me.

— Mark Frerichs, Tierrasanta

You can donate online here or send a check to:

2508 Historic Decatur RD. STE 120

San Diego, CA, 92106

Leave a comment

We expect all commenters to be constructive and civil. We reserve the right to delete comments without explanation. You are welcome to flag comments to us. You are welcome to submit an opinion piece for our editors to review.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.