Shasta Scout is a newly emerging not-for-profit organization which will soon begin receiving donations. The math is simple: five or ten dollars a month, if given initially by even a few hundred individuals, would allow us to quickly and sustainably expand over the coming months and years. We will never charge for the news but we will soon welcome your voluntary financial support.

What do we currently need from our audience?

Sharing Shasta Scout stories with your network of social media connections and friends is the greatest gift you can give our developing project right now. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram and subscribe to our emails, then share what you find valuable and encourage others to subscribe.  Thank you!

How else will we be funded?

Shasta Scout anticipates receiving funding through a combination of local subscribers and regional and national grants. As a small hyper-local news organization, our costs are relatively low, allowing us to run hard on a lean budget. We will strive to make the most of every dollar received.

Donor and Financial Transparency:

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. Soon to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that will operate as a public trust, we will not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.

Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Editorial Independence:

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Shasta Scout retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts and grants and may accept sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Although our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, we will maintain editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization.