As you can tell from the top of our screen, we’re more than two-thirds to our $80,000 year-end fundraising goal. We’re heading into the crucial final week. Traditionally, the end of the year brings in many people who want to get the tax break for 2011.

But don’t wait to donate. We have to hit this goal.

I’m continually amazed at the people who come into our circle of members every day. Just this week, $1,000 arrived from new member Charles Little. Thank you, sir. Gary Cristofani, a long-time member at the same level, also came through. Thank you.

Cristofani is a frequent participant in our monthly Member Coffees, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know him. The coffees are just one way we’re constructing a cohesive community for our members. In the coming months, you’ll see the rollout of a whole new plan establishing the benefits of what it means to be a VOSD member. There will be member surveys on controversial issues, events and other established ways that you, as a member, can have your voice heard.

Because this service depends on you. If you want to keep getting the Morning Report, and seeing an updated website, hearing us on the radio and TV, getting investigative exposes, we absolutely need you to help pay for it.

Our memberships start right now at $35. Donate now.

Whether it’s $5 or $1,000, we make good use of your donations. Very little of our $1 million budget in 2012 will go to things like equipment, overhead or administration. It’s almost wholly focused on paying the salaries and benefits and fees of the writers who work their tails off every day to make sense of what our leaders are saying and find out the things they don’t want to say.

Someday, we hope to build a community of 10,000 members. With that, we could have a budget three or four times the size we have now. Imagine three times our capacity to cover local governments and education. Imagine if we could cover the South Bay or North County with the same irreverence and focus we direct to the city of San Diego and its school district?

Help us get there.

We’ll build the membership community one by one if we have to. Fortunately, we don’t have to go one by one. This month, hundreds of people have made donations. In just 36 hours last week, 107 donations came in. We have welcomed new corporate sponsors as well and we’ll have announcements about them soon. Do you manage an organization that would like to support this service and get recognition for the year for that? Consider joining them.

Thank you to the new and longtime members listed below. They’ve donated since my last post. Many are worried about the future of journalism — for good reason.

But the fact is the future of good public-service reporting is quite simple: the people who value it must pay for it. That means you.

Again, thank you to the following members and please join them today.

Tamra Bailey
Robert and Isabel Baker
Steven Baratte
Joe Bernstein
Bjorn Bjerede
Martha Blake
Peggy and Bill Bradshaw
Gregory Breit
Walt Brewer
Christopher Brewster
Amie Brown
Erik Bruvold
Steven Bush
Molly Cartmill
Heather Chambers
Amanda Chin
Gary Cristofani
Joan Cudhea
Terry Curley
Amit Dahiya
Barbara Davenport
Allison Don
Randy Dotinga
Randy Dotinga
Earl Dowdy
David Dwyer Smith
John Earl
Edward Edward Mahe
Jill Esterbrooks
Pat Finn
Joe Flynn
Tom Fudge
Joni Gabriel
Brent Gardner-Smith
Sharon Gehl
Mark Giffin
Gail Stoorza-Gill and Ian Gill
Michael Gilligan
Michael Gilligan
Paul Girard
Perette Godwin
Steve Greatrex
John Grimes
Sylvia Hampton
Tom Hand
Peter Herman
Charles Herzfeld
Sonya Holmquist and Ken Schedler
Carol Hunt
Tamara Hurley
Michael Jenkins
Galen Justice
Morgan Justice-Black
Mel Katz
Josephine Kiernan
Marc Kratzschmar
Alex Kreit
Cathy Lackmann
Lee Lawless
Emma Leggat
Ursula Leimbach
Charles Little
Lani Lutar
Lani Lutar
Kathleen Markham
Steve and Susan Medak
Sherilyn Mongeau
William Osborne
Mary Oswell
J P Cochran
Dianne Parham
Donna Pegues
Dennis Pekin
William Purves
Mary Reeber
William Richter, Jr.
Paula Roberts
Allison Rossett
San Diego Foundation — Hendrickson Advised Fund
Patricia Seaborg
Terry Senty
Dan Shea
Janet Shelton
David Siegler
Sheryl Smith
Deanna and Richard Spehn
Mark and Kim Stadler
Jeff and Pamela Stevens
Jennifer Stone
Edward Streicher
Christine Sullivan
Nicola Tan
Tali Thomas
Michael Tillman
Laura Walcher
Brant Will
Michel Zelnick

I’m Scott Lewis, the CEO of voiceofsandiego.org. Please contact me if you’d like at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0527 and follow me on Twitter (it’s a blast!):

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Scott Lewis oversees Voice of San Diego’s operations, website and daily functions as Editor in Chief. He also writes about local politics, where he frequently...

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