Emerson Collective: Grants for Journalism

OVERVEW: The Emerson Collective supports education, immigration reform, the environment, health and social justice.

IP TAKE: This is not one of the most accessible funders; however, it is a flexible and responsive organization that applies broad-based approaches to its grantmaking.

PROFILE: Founded in 2004 by Laurene Powell Jobs, the Emerson Collective differs from other grantmaking organizations in that it a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) rather than a traditional nonprofit organization or 501(c)3. The collective is “[d]edicated to removing barriers of opportunity so people can live to their full potential.” Grantmaking priorities include Immigration, Education, Elemental, XQ: The Super School Project, Chicago CRED, Social Justice, Media & Journalism and Health.

Emerson’s Media & Journalism program “[i]nvests in storytelling and journalism that pushes boundaries, sparks creativity and action and contributes to a more just society.” Supported projects include the Marshall Project’s We Are Witnesses, a collection of short videos that explore the impact of America’s punishment policies and the state of crime and punishment in the United States; and Solutions Journalism Network, which received support for its work providing “[r]igorous reporting on responses to social problems.”

Since theEmerson Collective is an LLC rather than a 501(c)3, it is not required to publicly disclose its financial activities, including grant award amounts. Emerson does not accept unsolicited request for funding or submissions of any related materials such as proposals or literary compositions.


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