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Donor Transparency Policy

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse any donors, sponsors or grantors or their products, services or opinions.

We avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office. Exceptions are unusual and carefully considered.

We understand and deeply appreciate the many reasons donors may generally prefer to keep their gifts anonymous. We understand and respect donors’ wishes for privacy; however, when it comes to journalism and trust in independent, nonprofit news organizations, like the Sentinel, we encourage donors to consider the greater good that comes from people knowing who stands behind the news we report.

We publicly disclose all sources of revenue, including charitable donations, contributing $5,000 or more per year. We are committed to restricting anonymous donations to less than 15% of our revenue.

The goals of these guidelines are to ensure that our journalism remains editorially independent and that the public can trust the news we produce, knowing the Sentinel is not dependent on or shaped by high levels of anonymous funding.

Editorial Independence Policy

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization and subscribe to the standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any other revenue source. We do not give supporters the right to assign, review or edit content. We will not accept funding from any source whom our Board of Directors deems to present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our editorial independence.

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. News coverage decisions are wholly independent of sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors, sponsors, or grantors or their products, services or opinions.

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

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