Robert J. Ross, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Journalism, new media, access to media

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PROFILE: In addition to his position as President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Robert J. Ross (who goes by Bob) is also President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of the Inasmuch Foundation. These two Oklahoma City-based institutions are two of the state's largest private foundations, both founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord in 1982, the daughter Edward K. Gaylord, noted editor and publisher of The Oklahoman and The Oklahoma City Times.

Ross' foundation bio shares: 

A former associate at McAfee & Taft law firm, Ross joined the Foundation in 2003 as Vice President and Executive Director, and in 2005, he became President and CEO of the Foundation.

Lynn Mosier, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

TITLE: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Journalism schools, chairs in journalism

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PROFILE: Executive vice president and chief financial officer Lynn Mosier is one of the most highly ranked officers at the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. She "handle[s] the foundation's administrative functions including accounting and tax, budgets, investment, payroll, human resources, information technology, facilities management and grant administration, tracking and compliance." She's also a trustee at the foundation and an ex-general manager of The Las Vegas Review, a nice background for someone at a foundation that donates piles of money to journalism schools. In short, Mosier makes a very good friend for a development officer at a journalism school to have. 

The Sequoya County Times places Mosier as a "native of Muldrow [Oklahoma, and]... a certified public accountant." She received her "bachelor of science degree in accounting from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah." Mosier first joined the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in 1999 as a VP of finance and administration.

Mosier personally invested enough trust in the school to put her own son through it. He graduated from there in 2009. The foundation's history with University of Reno perhaps exemplifies the foundation's funding pattern in this area quite well. They've since set up similar philanthropic franchises at Arizona State University, University of Columbia, and Virginia's Washington and Lee University. From the information available, it seems as though Reynolds donates to a small group of schools, but remains loyal to them over the course of many decades. After initial grants, they come through again and again with renovation and upkeep funding as well as new academic endowments of various sorts.

Another chair in business journalism at Oklahoma University was endowed by the foundation recently, and represents their commitment in the area. It signals that Reynolds still seeks to expand its sphere of influence in the nation's journalism schools. The above linked article also includes a reference to the “foundation's five-year plan to establish greater opportunities for business-specific journalistic research and reporting in schools across the country."

The foundation unfortunately espouses a "don't-call-us-we'll-call-you" philosophy of grant making in terms of university development and other areas. The general thrust of their effort in journalism funding is to help train communications professionals who plan to go into either business journalism, or to focus specifically on covering beats in sparsely populated communities. They also seem mostly interested in schools located in the Midwestern region of the country.

Jon M. Jensen, Park Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director, Sustainable Ithaca

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, Media, Animal Welfare, Higher Education

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PROFILE: Jon M. Jensen serves as Executive Director, Sustainable Ithaca at the Park Foundation. His foundation bio shares:

Jon has served as Executive Director since 2007, and has managed the Sustainable Ithaca Program since 2014. His previous positions include Senior Program Officer in Environment for the George Gund Foundation, Associate Director of the Pew Conservation Scholars Program, Senior Program Associate of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Executive Director of the Wildlife Preservation Trust International.

His career in philanthropy includes over 30 years of grantmaking and founding roles in The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, where he also served as chair of the board; the Environmental Grantmakers Association, an organization where he twice served as chair; and as founding chair of Confluence Philanthropy. He has also served on the boards of American Rivers, Institute for Conservation Leadership, Wildlife Preservation Trust International and Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies in addition to numerous advisory councils.

Jon’s academic background includes a BS in Psychobiology from Albright College and an MS in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University. Jon has spoken at national conferences on subjects such as endangered species, nonprofit management, green buildings, smart growth, watershed conservation, philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, journalism, higher education and mission related investing.

John Bracken, Knight Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Technology Innovation

FUNDING AREAS: Journalism, media

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PROFILE: John Bracken serves as vice president of technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, where his official bio shares:

John Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010.

Bracken is vice president of the Technology Innovation Program, which funds projects that improve the creation, sharing and use of information essential to communities. He supervises the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund.

Bracken has 15 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council.

Bracken earned a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

VIDEOS:

Knight News Challenge 2011: A Q and A with John Bracken from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

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