Our funders

Donors and members subscribe to Cityside’s belief that promoting greater civic engagement and informed discourse is a direct route to better, more inclusive and healthier communities. They play no role in guiding the journalism produced by Cityside.

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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, as deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Prior to the formation of Cityside as a nonprofit, Berkeleyside Inc raised more than $1 million in 2016-18 from its readers in an innovative direct public offering. Funders listed here have donated to Cityside.

More than $1 million

American Journalism Project

Google News Initiative


Facebook Journalism Project


Barb and Andy Fremder

Mike and Teresa Olson

Walnut Fund


Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation

Taube Philanthropies


Deborah Farb and Eric Sippel

David Margulius

Evelyn Nussenbaum and Fred Vogelstein

Renaissance Journalism


Erica Grubb

Paula Hughmanick and Steve Berger

Michael Lewis and Tabitha Soren

Stephanie McKown and John Brennan


Jeff Day

Chuck Fanning and Melinda Haag

Elizabeth Sawi

Alison Teeman and Michael Yovino-Young