NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations, launches today in newsrooms across the country - including the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - and online at newsmatch.org.
The campaign doubles donations to 155 nonprofit newsrooms in nearly every state across the country, starting today and running through Dec. 31, 2018.
In addition, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting will receive an additional dollar-for-dollar match from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Individuals can learn more, donate and join the movement to support trusted, nonprofit
news organizations starting today at: newsmatch.org.
This is the third year of NewsMatch, and the number of nonprofit news organizations
participating in the campaign jumped by more than 40 percent since last year.
Each organization is eligible to receive a total of $25,000 in matching funds for small-dollar donations from individuals up to $1,000. NewsMatch is designed to help fuel a surge in giving to local and investigative reporting and strengthen nonprofit newsrooms through training and shared resources.
“Now more than ever, nonprofit newsrooms across the country are filling information
gaps in communities,” said Sue Cross, Executive Director and CEO of the Institute for
Nonprofit News. “This year’s NewsMatch campaign will enable organizations to raise
critical support, which will ensure they have the resources necessary to continue to
provide fact-based, local quality journalism for years to come.”
NewsMatch is driven by the Institute for Nonprofit News and the News Revenue Hub,
two organizations helping build more sustainable models for journalism in America.
The campaign is supported by a diverse group of foundations including Democracy Fund,
the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation
(through the Colorado Media Project), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation. The
Miami Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for the fund.
NewsMatch added several major donors in 2018, including a $1 million contribution
from the Facebook Journalism Project and $250,000 from the Jonathan Logan Family
Foundation, which supports investigative journalism around the country.
Other foundations and corporate partners can still join the NewsMatch fund and help
make 2018 the largest year for nonprofit news giving ever. Donors and funders who are
interested in supporting individual newsrooms or groups of newsrooms in a region or
around a topic during NewsMatch are invited to contact The Miami Foundation’s
Lindsey Linzer (LLinzer@miamifoundation.org) to find out more.
Knight Foundation launched the inaugural NewsMatch in 2016, helping 57 nonprofit
news organizations raise more than $2.4 million.
In 2017, the campaign expanded to include a coalition of funders and helped support important coverage of a wide range of topics including education, immigration, conservation, local government and criminal justice. It raised $4.8 million for nonprofit news organizations, equipped them with professional fundraising, tools and technology and cultivated over 43,000 new donors.
Donors, can easily find and support trusted reporting in their community and on issues
they care about at newsmatch.org.
Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Participating nonprofit news organizations are all members of the Institute for
Nonprofit News and abide by guidelines of editorial independence and financial
About Democracy Fund:
Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and
philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand
new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011,
Democracy Fund has invested more than $100 million in support of effective
governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit
About the Facebook Journalism Project
The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to establish stronger ties
between Facebook and the news industry. FJP is dedicated to ensuring high quality
journalism thrives by delivering value through new products, partnerships with the
news industry and programs. FJP works in three ways: collaborative development of
new products; providing tools and trainings for journalists; and providing tools and
trainings for people.
About the Gates Family Foundation
The Gates Family Foundation is a place-based philanthropy dedicated since 1946 to
advancing long-term quality of life in Colorado, through support for educational equity,
vibrant and sustainable communities, and stewardship of the state’s extraordinary
natural resources. The Foundation has supported public and independent media for
decades, especially as vital issues such as public education, rural issues, and natural
resources have faced decreasing media coverage from commercial outlets. Gates also
provides underwriting support for the Colorado Media Project, which aims to
strengthen and accelerate sustainable, civic-minded journalism that meets the
information needs of Coloradans in the digital age.
About the Institute for Nonprofit News:
The Institute for Nonprofit News is a network of more than 190 nonprofit, nonpartisan
news media, together strengthening the sources of trusted information for thousands of
diverse communities. INN was founded in 2009 to foster a new collective of newsrooms
serving the public interest. Today it functions as an innovation network, helping
members develop new ways to support journalism and engage communities, providing
business, technology and leadership support and a framework for collaboration. INN’s
work helps newsrooms bring investigative and civic news to more people, hold thepowerful accountable and strengthen democracy.
About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and
influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is
placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s
most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change,
nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In
addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic
commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as
well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is
available at macfound.org.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in
journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L.
Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged
communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit
About the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation:
Founded in 2016 and based in Berkeley, CA, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
supports organizations that advance social justice by promoting world-changing work in
investigative journalism, the arts, the environment, education, equity and inclusion and
About the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation:
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s
mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and
opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. For more,
About The Miami Foundation:
Since 1967, The Miami Foundation has used civic leadership, community investment
and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami
home. We partner with individuals, families and corporations who have created more
than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic Funds. Thanks to them, we have awarded over
$250 million in grants and currently manage more than $300 million in assets to build
a better Miami. As the Foundation marks our 50th anniversary, we are celebrating great
Miamians who have championed what matters to them, encouraging all residents to
share their Miami stories and unite around the causes they care about. For more, visit
About the News Revenue Hub:
The News Revenue Hub helps news organizations build the trust and financial support
of their audiences by providing customized technology tools and proven strategies to
create and sustain successful digital membership programs. For more, visit
About the Wyncote Foundation:
The Wyncote Foundation, based in Philadelphia, was founded in 2009 with funds from
the Otto and Phoebe Haas Charitable Trusts, at the direction of John C. Haas. Its
mission is to support efforts that strengthen and enrich culture, community and the
natural environment. Wyncote’s Public Media & Journalism program works to further a thriving public media ecosystem that is vital to animating and sustaining democracy’s public sphere. Learn more at wyncotefoundation.org/public-media-journalism.