FINAL DAY To Make a Tax Deductible Donation in 2018

For those readers who remember 2013-2014, it was a tough time running the Vanguard.  In December 2013, our longtime website crashed and died.  We ended up having to hire a new company to build it from scratch.  But while we built a new site – at a huge cost – the site that replaced it was attacked immediately by bots and it too went down a few months later.

We had a website that was down twice for about 10 days a piece.  Not a happy time.

In the fall of 2014, we hired Uptown Studios and lunched the current website in September 2014 and we have not a problem since.  But now it is time to update the current website.  This is not a full rebuild, but rather a re-design and it will modernize and optimize the site.

Still the cost won’t be cheap – about $4000.  So for our fundraiser this year, we will be financing the new site – and maybe get us a few extra doctors to help pay our normal and ongoing costs.

As usual – you can help with a $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $1000 or $5000 contribution.  Whatever you can afford or would like to give, we appreciate.

To donate, we have three options:

Option one: our gofundme:

Option two: paypal by going to and hitting donate at the top or directly at

Option three: by check: Davis Vanguard, PO Box 4715, Davis, CA 95617

Thanks so much for your support.

To date we have raised more than $7310 of the $4000 after the second week of the fund drive.  We have now passed our goal, but there is still time to make your tax deductible donation.

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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      1. Ron

        I see the smoke in the photo, now.

        I won’t “thank” the fires, but I will thank Measure J/R (and those behind it) for saving this property from development. And, I’ll thank you for sharing the beauty of it.

        The flowers/plants are crystal-clear, in your photo. And, you captured the sun at just the right time/position in your photo.

        If only you’d use your photographic ability for the “good”, more often. 🙂

  1. Ron

    So, I see that the Vanguard has exceeded its goal.

    Hadn’t really thought of it before, but the tax-deductibility of donations to the Vanguard would presumably also apply to developers.

    Truly a way to make your dollars go further.

    1. Howard P

      Meow… ~ 5 days, and counting…

      Had Davis/VG been in “developers’ pockets”, it wouldn’t have taken more than two days to raise the entire $4,000… and a bunch more…

      1. Ron

        Well, I wonder who those contributors include.

        Regardless, you can clearly see the Vanguard’s direction/future.

        Of course, if the Vanguard was a for-profit publication, I understand that such contributions might then be considered a straight-out business expense.  (And, could therefore still be deductible from development revenue, vs. personal taxes.)

        There are certainly a lot of other non-profit organizations that aren’t taking developer dollars (via contributions, or direct advertising).

  2. Ron

    Jim:  I didn’t intend to fight with Howard, but (as usual) he responded.

    I just can’t imagine anyone donating to a publication that I view as harmful.  Makes me wonder who these folks are. (Since the publication has a definite development-oriented slant, I would think that developers would be interested in supporting it.)

        1. Ron

          Yesterday, I recall that the total was just over $4,000. I wonder how it increased by more than $3,000, overnight (to $7,310).

          Seems like David’s “business model” is working pretty well!

  3. David Greenwald

    Breakdown of four sources of funds in this drive:

    GoFundMe $1575

    Facebook $710

    PayPal $3275

    Checks $1750

    (What I laugh about is that some of you believe that the monetary sources are developers, the reality is that – and both GoFundMe and Facebook donations are public – the biggest source of money came from attorneys and developers as far as I know have not contributed anything to the drive).

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