About This Project

Welcome to the official website for the News Revenue Hub, a special project of the nonprofit news organization Voice of San Diego.

Our goal is to help others in the industry set up comprehensive membership and crowdfunding programs so they can achieve greater sustainability.

We help organizations with member recruitment and retention, audience engagement, and custom software installation.

We do this so Hub participants can focus on what they do best: producing high quality journalism.

In December 2016, we launched a pilot with five award-winning organizations: Honolulu Civil Beat, InsideClimate News, NJ Spotlight, PolitiFact and The Lens.

The News Revenue Hub is run by Voice of San Diego COO/Publisher Mary Walter-Brown and Digital Director Tristan Loper.


What is fundjournalism.org?

fundjournalism.org is the official website of the News Revenue Hub, a special project of the nonprofit news organization Voice of San Diego.

What is checkout.fundjournalism.org?

checkout.fundjournalism.org is the Hub’s secure payment processor. We developed this app so Hub participants have an inexpensive, convenient way to take donations.

This app uses Stripe to process contributions.

Does checkout.fundjournalism.org charge a transaction fee?

No. The Hub does not charge a fee to use our payment processor.

Stripe charges 2.2% + 30¢ per successful charge for nonprofit organizations (2.9% + 30¢ for for-profit organizations) but you can choose to cover this fee at checkout. If you do this, 100% of your donation will go to the organization you’re giving to.

Does checkout.fundjournalism.org collect my information?

No. The information you submit during the checkout process is sent only to the organization you’re giving to. The Hub is committed to your privacy and does not collect donor information.

Who’s involved in this project?

Five award-winning news organizations are  participating in this pilot project: Honolulu Civil Beat, Inside Climate News, NJ Spotlight, PolitiFact and The Lens. Voice of San Diego supports the Hub’s operations and the Democracy Fund funds it.

How is this project funded?

The News Revenue Hub receives funding from the Democracy Fund and resources from Voice of San Diego.

How can I learn more?

Check out our news page or contact us.

Hub News

4 Lessons from the Launch of the News Revenue Hub

What happens when five news organizations enlist in a program to launch (or re-launch) their membership programs together? In December 2016, the Voice of San Diego launched the News Revenue Hub with funding from Democracy Fund to find out. (Jason Alcorn)

NYU and De Correspondent Launch New Laboratory for Community Supported Investigative News

Democracy Fund’s investment in this project builds on more than $18 million in earlier grants which have focused on supporting a vibrant public square in America. We are particularly excited for how this project can dovetail with the work of the recently launched News Revenue Hub…That work is already seeing profoundly exciting results and they …


Honolulu Civil Beat

InsideClimate News

The Lens

NJ Spotlight


Voice of San Diego

Democracy Fund