Island Matters

If it Matters to you, it Matters to us

South Padre Island, TX   |
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Island Matters

EIN: 86-3108364


Our mission is to be the island's fact-based independent news & information source. We focus exclusively on SPI-relevant news and information because islanders need to know the facts to make informed decisions.

Ruling year info


Development Manager

Elizabeth Shull

General Manager

Peggy Buntin

Main address

2605 Padre Blvd

South Padre Island, TX 78597 USA

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Subject area info

Information and communications

Community and economic development


Population served info

LGBTQ people


Women and girls

Men and boys

Ethnic and racial groups

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NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Island Matters, our mission is to provide fact-based and unbiased news and information specifically relevant to the island community. We believe that islanders should have access to accurate information to make informed decisions. A local community newspaper is essential in keeping everyone informed about important events, such as meetings with elected officials, new and upcoming community events and Island Matters is particularly crucial in the South Padre Island community since it is the only local news source available.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Bridge

The objective of the Bridge Project is to furnish reliable news coverage about South Padre Island (SPI) for its inhabitants, tourists, and financiers. This will enable SPI residents to make informed choices regarding issues that impact them, such as the SPI second causeway, casino gaming, Texas Open Beaches Act, and short-term vacation rental ordinances. To gauge its effectiveness, the project will conduct subscriber surveys, monitor article views, scrutinize subscriber and retention reports, evaluate member statistics, and gather reader feedback.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Island Matters (IM) is the only source for reliable, credible, independent journalism that covers South Padre Island, Texas which spans over 34 miles of beach. Our team of independent journalists provides coverage on everything from local government and special events to entertainment and the arts. IM is tackling the issue of insufficient news coverage in South Padre Island. Despite being around for only two years, IM has already gained a reputation as a trustworthy and credible source for news and events.

Our Island Matters team convenes monthly to establish short-term and long-term objectives for each team member. During these meetings, we review our progress toward our goals and identify any obstacles we have had as an organization. We also take stock of our accomplishments and express gratitude for our team's dedication. Finally, we use a variety of strategic models to create a new plan for moving forward. encountered as

Our team is uniquely qualified to tackle this issue as they are committed to Island Matters missions and vision. Their education and background also qualify them to tackle the issue and be a part of Island Matters.

Sarah V. Lozano is our reporter and she graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Political Science and English.

R Daniel Cavazos is our business reporter and a long-time journalist who has worked as an editor, chief, reporter, and publisher for South Texas local newspapers.

Elizabeth Shull is our development manager, and she has a Master's in Education and a Bachelor of Science with 16 of nonprofit management experience.

IM is a reliable source for the island's 2,500 residents and visitors, with over 2,300 monthly page views and 1,000 newsletter subscribers. We take pride in supporting 500 local businesses that cater to the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Island Matters
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Development Manager

Elizabeth Shull

Elizabeth, who hails from California but was raised in Texas, brings with her 16 years of professional experience in management, marketing, and PR in the non-profit sector, as well as six years as an educator. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master in Education from the University of Texas at Brownsville. She enjoys spending her free time fishing, water sports, and vacationing, and loves the beach.

General Manager

Peggy Buntin

Meet Peggy S. Buntin, a proud native of Puerto Penasco, Mexico, who spent her childhood on the idyllic island of Hawaii. With years of experience as an activities sales agent for various companies in Hilo and Kona, she has continued this profession here on South Padre Island. Buntin has worked in the tourist and customer service industry from Mexico to Hawaii, Washington, and Texas. Currently residing on South Padre Island, she loves nothing more than spending her free time on this stunning island with her family.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

George Block


Term: 2021 -

Board co-chair

Brandy Buntin

Self Employed

Term: 2021 -

Eleana Jones


James P Gaughran


Anne Shepard


Walt Humann


Davis Rankin


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/9/2023

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