Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live. Donations from readers like you support the work of our reporters and our local newsroom.

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Frequently asked questions
Why should I become a member of Civil Beat?

Membership revenue helps fund a professional staff of journalists who focus on investigative and explanatory reporting to help inform the community about issues of importance. The strength of any nonprofit organization lies in the support of community members through their donations and gifts.

What are the membership options?

Our membership program allows for support at several levels. You can see those options on our membership page.

Are there other ways to support Civil Beat?

Yes! In case an annual or monthly gift doesn’t quite suit you, we have many other ways to give.

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    Gifts of stock and other appreciated securities are a popular way to give because it may help you avoid the capital gains tax while giving you a charitable income tax deduction. It is also very easy to do, and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Civil Beat will not be taxed on gifts from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax deferred plan.
  • Bequests
    A charitable bequest through a will or living trust ensures that your legacy lives on. You may leave a gift of a specific dollar amount, an asset or a percentage of your estate.
  • Life Insurance
    One of the simplest and most tax-advantaged ways of making a gift to Civil Beat is to name us as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. You can assign a new or existing policy to Civil Beat, designated as a full or partial beneficiary.
  • Company Matching
    Your company may match your gift, which could potentially double the value of your donation. To find out if your company matches employee donations, please check with your company’s Human Resources department.

For assistance, further information, and so that we may properly acknowledge your support, please contact Mariko Chang, Major Gifts Manager, at membership@civilbeat.org.

How do I get a receipt to declare my tax deduction?

When you donate, our system will send a receipt to the email address you provide. You will receive another statement at the beginning of next year acknowledging your donation to Civil Beat. You can use either for tax purposes.

What is Civil Beat's policy on donations?

You can read our policies relating to fundraising, donations and conflicts of interests in more detail by clicking here.

How will Civil Beat handle the relationship between editorial content and donor interests?

Civil Beat is an independent news organization. Our editorial integrity is of paramount importance. Our donors have no influence over editorial content or the decisions that go into developing stories, photos, videos and audio reports. For more information, please visit our Supporters page.