Live by the Donor, Die by the Donor: Takeaways From the Demise of a Nonprofit News Outlet

Live by the Donor, Die by the Donor: Takeaways From the Demise of a Nonprofit News Outlet

The shuttering this month of Pacific Standard, an award-winning media site, is particularly alarming because it did everything right. But its fatal weakness is one shared by many other nonprofits: overreliance on a single benefactor.

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Going Global: A Funder Expands Efforts to Foster Public Understanding About Religion

Going Global: A Funder Expands Efforts to Foster Public Understanding About Religion

The Lilly Endowment has long held that greater public understanding of religion can boost “civic well-being.” That idea is behind a new multimillion-dollar initiative to improve news coverage of the world’s major religions.

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In Boston, a Foundation Sees "Radical Trust" as a Key to Managing Public Places

In Boston, a Foundation Sees "Radical Trust" as a Key to Managing Public Places

Concerns about gentrification are fueling fraught debates over public places at a moment of rising private grantmaking for parks and other civic amenities. The Boston Foundation is looking to expand who’s heard in these conversations.

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Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

New Media Ventures takes a VC-like approach to backing the “resistance,” providing early-stage support to organizations on the front lines that take a range of approaches—including nonprofit, for-profit, (c)3 and (c)4 outfits.

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Uncharted Waters: Millions to Find Answers About Democracy, Media, and Technology

Uncharted Waters: Millions to Find Answers About Democracy, Media, and Technology

Dubbing the rise of digital communications and social media “the most profound shift in how we communicate with each other since Gutenberg,” the Knight Foundation aims to catalyze a new field of research on this revolution.

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Civic Hall: A Billionaire’s Latest Big Gift Focused on Tech and the Greater Good

Civic Hall: A Billionaire’s Latest Big Gift Focused on Tech and the Greater Good

Civic Hall, a home for civic tech entrepreneurs in New York City, recently received a $5 million gift from Craig Newmark. The group’s co-founders explain how they connected with a donor who holds a deeply aligned vision about technology.

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As Local News Struggles, an Emerging Funder Looks to Support Community-led Media

As Local News Struggles, an Emerging Funder Looks to Support Community-led Media

Journalism funders agree that a key way to combat misinformation and restore trust in the democratic process is by supporting local news outlets. Here’s how a new media funder in Philadelphia is taking on that challenge.

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Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Reports, founded in 1936, has been rebooting in recent years to keep up with a rapidly changing technological landscape. Now, with a $6 million gift from Craig Newmark, it’s ramping up its digital privacy work. Here’s an inside look.

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On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

The post-2016 “Trump bump” brought in lots of new progressive donors, and spurred others to ramp up their giving. But front-line organizations looking to get out the vote remain under-resourced. The Movement Voter Project aims to bridge that gap.

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Rocky Start: Unpacking the Drama at Craig Newmark’s Tech Watchdog, The Markup

Rocky Start: Unpacking the Drama at Craig Newmark’s Tech Watchdog, The Markup

The fate of a tech watchdog media site seeded with $20 million from the founder of Craigslist, remains murky with the recent departure of two key staffers. How did things unravel so quickly and what must its primary benefactor do next to right the ship?

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Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Lots of new progressive groups popped up after the 2016 election. One player in this fast-moving landscape is the New Left Accelerator, which offers early-stage support to 501(c)4s and is also pushing funders to focus more on building political power.

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Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.

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Census 2020: Inside Efforts to Make Sure Rural Communities Count

Census 2020: Inside Efforts to Make Sure Rural Communities Count

The 2020 census has put many foundations on a state of high alert, given the enormous stakes. One tough challenge is ensuring that residents of rural America are fully counted. Who’s supporting census work off the beaten path? And where are grants going?

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The American Journalism Project is Poised to Allocate Millions. Where Will the Money Go?

The American Journalism Project is Poised to Allocate Millions. Where Will the Money Go?

Last year, the American Journalism Project shook up the funding landscape by pledging to raise and invest $1 billion in local news ecosystems. Its inaugural round of grantmaking slated for this summer will disburse some $50 million in funding.

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A Unique Prize Taps Jewish Wisdom to Defend Democracy. Who Are the Winners?

A Unique Prize Taps Jewish Wisdom to Defend Democracy. Who Are the Winners?

The Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom looks to help people live better lives and shape a better world through the application of Jewish wisdom. For the second year in a row, the prize is backing work that shores up democratic institutions under attack.

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Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

A five-year, $300 million commitment from the Knight Foundation underscores the growing consensus among funders that a vibrant local news ecosystem is the best option available to reverse years of declining trust, and to “make democracy work.”

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Litigating for Democracy: Who’s Backing the Lawyers Defending U.S. Electoral Institutions?

Litigating for Democracy: Who’s Backing the Lawyers Defending U.S. Electoral Institutions?

The Campaign Legal Center calls itself “democracy’s nonpartisan watchdog.” That’s a hard role to fill these days, but with plenty of concerned funders in its corner, the D.C.-based organization is determined to safeguard the electoral process in the courts.

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“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

Amid a sea change in media, Craig Newmark recently gave $15 million to Columbia Journalism School and the Poynter Institute. We look at how this gift came about and the goals behind one of the biggest investments in journalism ethics in years.

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Enfranchised: How a Collaborative Fund Advances Voting Rights and Protections

Enfranchised: How a Collaborative Fund Advances Voting Rights and Protections

For the State Infrastructure Fund, the 2018 elections were a step in the right direction. But the fund’s long campaign to protect voting right and bolster civic engagement still has plenty of ground to cover in the run-up to 2020.

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