Champions push Pledge over $25K

Donate to BenitoLink's Pledge of Champions fundraising campaign before the end of the year and your gift will be doubled.

This article is written by Leslie David, BenitoLink Executive Director. 

BenitoLink Pledge of Champions donations are currently at $25,250!  We are being offered matching funds all the way up to $40K. Thanks to our major supporters, INN and local Major Donors Randy and Rebecca Wolf, Sallie Calhoun and Matt Christiano, all individual donations will be matched. Let’s take advantage of their generous offer. (With our Pledge of Champions match, our current figure would put us at $50,500.) Your donation will help BenitoLink reach this important goal and make sure your local news is on solid footing for 2021.

We are in the last week of BenitoLink’s Pledge of Champions fall fund drive. This is when individual donors set the stage for our 2021 news coverage and see their donations doubled. As a nonprofit, our fundraising can be negatively impacted by our local economy’s challenges right when news and information is so important.

We want to thank those of you who have donated already, making sure we have a growing support base keeping BenitoLink strong and producing free news for the entire community.

Here are all Pledge of Champions donors to-date:

  • Anonymous
  • Micheal Hussey
  • Dianne Carman
  • Susan Logue
  • Joan Domingues
  • Shari Stevenson
  • Alan Clark
  • William Baker
  • Liz Smith
  • Leslie Schwabacher
  • Daniel Dungy
  • Dale Coke
  • Karson Klauer
  • Mary Margaret Lanning
  • Rebecca Salinas
  • Gary and Ria Byrne
  • Greg Pape
  • Sara Steiner
  • Carol Lenoir
  • Valerie Egland
  • Judy and Robert Steward
  • Elizabet McMahon
  • Theresa Lavagnino
  • Susan Schwabacher
  • Anne Caetano
  • Bob Reid
  • Dohn Larson
  • Margret Ellwanger
  • Beverley Meamber
  • John and Roberta Bessa
  • Geri Johnson and Gary Rocchi
  • Willis Pack
  • Dayna Lynd Pugh
  • James O’Donnell
  • Vivian Fisher
  • Denise Cauthen-Wright
  • Tami Aviles
  • Linda Ponzio
  • Cathy Sorensen
  • Maureen Sarafini
  • Carol Hawkins
  • Ann Marie Barragan
  • Mary Sue Davis
  • Phillip Walter Wilson
  • Gerry Wright
  • Lois Locci
  • Stuart Blakewood
  • Eugene Zanger
  • Nichole Anglin
  • Charlie and Lisa Tobias
  • Amelia Ryan
  • Joan Sattler
  • Karson Klauer (additional donation)
  • Trisha Green
  • Paul Hain
  • Linda Breslauer
  • Bob and Kathy Tiffany
  • Carol Berlutti
  • Roseanne Herzog
  • Thomas Walerius
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Dr. Parveen Sharma (in memory of George Ball)
  • Marianne Gennis
  • Jean Leirly
  • Chang So
  • Stephen Filseth
  • Barbara Rubio
  • Ed De Groot
  • Michael and Ashleigh Anderson
  • Steve Kittrell
  • Hugh and Jackie Bikle
  • Claire Del Curto
  • Mary and Stevens Masters
  • Gretchen Lester
  • Dr. Martin Bress
  • Virginia Basgall
  • Kenneth Kovada
  • John Johnson

The BenitoLink team appreciates all this community support. Together we can make a difference. Donate to the BenitoLink’s Pledge of Champions fundraising campaign before the end of the year and your gift will be doubled.

If you have not donated but value BenitoLink, as your local news source and you can afford to take part in Pledge, please join in. You can donate online or write a check by Dec. 31 to double the impact and take advantage of the wonderful support we get from the Institute for Nonprofit News, (INN) and local Major Donors Randy and Rebecca Wolf, Sallie Calhoun and Matt Christiano.

Nonprofit news shares information differently than commercial news. Each week we meet on Mondays to discuss what San Benito County residents need to know to stay safe and protect and improve their quality of life. Nonprofit news is refreshing in that it is less about splashy headlines and selling papers.

BenitoLink is the most used source of news in San Benito County with many community members behind it.

Journalism in the public service can’t exist without public support.

In 2019, BenitoLink reached about 30,000 readers a month. But when COVID-19 hit, and we got our first Stay at Home orders, readership swelled to 58,000 individuals each month. Commuting stopped and residents were seeking solid local news and essential information. We relished our role of serving our community and stepped up our story production, offering more.

As a newsroom, we ask ourselves, what would my family, my friend, my neighbor want to know? What new change made by local government could affect my taxes, what’s happening to my favorite restaurant or store? When will the local schools reopen?  We also made sure to look at the brighter side of things with recreation ideas and introductions to new businesses.

Monday through Friday, we gave you a simple daily COVID-19 report with critical information. The BenitoLink reporting team, made up of a reporter, content manager, marketing lead, executive director and about ten contract reporters, geared-up with daily news reporting, features and in-depth reports.

Despite having a very small staff, we’re dedicated to still producing important investigative and in-depth reporting on local issues we know you care about like health, transportation, housing, education and water.

Be a Champion and join the effort!

This is locally-driven reporting you won’t find anywhere else. Reading BenitoLink, you have an opportunity to become familiar with your local reporters, who have first-hand knowledge of their communities and neighborhoods. They aren’t parachuting in to get a quick “sound-bite.” They live here and serve the community they report in. During Pledge of Champions, from now until December 31, San Benito County residents have an amazing opportunity with INN NewsMatch funds and local major donors to double our readers’ investment in us. Don’t miss this chance to bolster your local news operation. As many news providers struggle around the country, BenitoLink continues to grow and serve in new ways like election forums and printed Spanish language content, thanks to our dedicated readers. If you value consistent, local, nonpartisan news about your county, please consider a donation to BenitoLink or sending in a check to:


829 San Benito St. Suite 200

Hollister, CA. 95075

If you value BenitoLink, please make sure you support this important community asset!  San Benito’s own local nonprofit news, BenitoLink.




Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.