How We’re Funded

Our funding policies reflect our awareness that increasing trust in the news requires transparency.


We are a nonprofit news service, funded by individuals and organizations through monthly gifts, grants and sponsorships.

In 2022 our funding came from:

  • major gifts
  • reader donations
  • grants
  • sponsorships
  • other

Funding Policies:

We follow the Institute of Nonprofit News best practices for ethical and transparent funding policies in order to safeguard the independence of our news and increase trust with our community.

  • We avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources and government entities.
  • We avoid donations deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.
  • We accept public donations from elected officials that are no larger the value of a typical monthly newspaper subscription.
  • We do not allow donations to influence the editorial independence of our news.
  • Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse any of our donors or their products, services or opinions.
  • We publicly document all revenue sources of more than $5,000 a year.

Donations Over $5,000 Annually in 2022:

Indiegraf Media: $25,000

Google News Innovations (GNI): $27,000

The Miami Foundation/NewsMatch: $21,000

The United Way of Northern California: $10,000

LION Publishers: $9,000

Shasta Scout is a project of the North State Community Journalism Project, a California nonprofit that’s still pending tax-exempt status. In order to provide a tax exempt status for our donors, we receive donations through the Institute of Nonprofit News.

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