Funders may be foundations, companies, academic institutions or other sources of grants, stipends, fellowships or in-kind services to support local journalism.

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism

Academic Institution

At the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, change is in its DNA. That comes of being born in 2006, as the digital … Last updated May 30, 2022

Craig Newmark Philanthropies


Craig Newmark Philanthropies’ goal is to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement, working to advance grassroots organizations that are effective and getting stuff done in areas that … Last updated May 30, 2022

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

Academic Institution

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and … Last updated March 18, 2022

Democracy Fund


Democracy Fund aims to play a catalytic role in improving our political system through grantmaking. It typically makes a substantial investment in the success of its grantee organizations. Democracy Fund … Last updated September 27, 2022

Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University

Academic Institution

The Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University is a college dedicated to the advancement of communication research and education through creativity, connectivity, and diversity–creating collaborative relationships for the greater … Last updated October 10, 2022

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Academic Institution

RJI was launched in 2004 with a grant of $31 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. In conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Missouri School of Journalism, RJI’s … Last updated July 26, 2023

Duke Energy Foundation


The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for … Last updated March 25, 2022

Economic Hardship Reporting Project

Individual Donor

The aim of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is to change the national conversation around poverty and economic insecurity. The journalism they commission—from narrative features and photo essays to … Last updated May 30, 2022

Education Week

News Outlet

Since 1981, Education Week has been America’s most trusted resource for K-12 education news and information. 1.6+ million readers. National Coverage. From teachers to principals and district leaders across the … Last updated May 30, 2022

Education Writers Association

The mission of the Education Writers Association is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public. … Last updated March 27, 2022

Election SOS


Election SOS is an initiative dedicated to supporting U.S. journalists in responding to critical 2020 election information needs. It offers training for journalists, connecting them to best practices, resources, and … Last updated May 30, 2022

F.M. Kirby Foundation


The foundation’s goal is to invest in opportunities that foster self-reliance or otherwise create strong, healthy communities. The F.M. Kirby Foundation is a family foundation. Its grantees are largely in … Last updated January 28, 2023

Facing South at The Institute for Southern Studies

Academic Institution

Facing South is the online magazine and weekly email update of the Institute for Southern Studies, featuring investigative reporting and in-depth analysis of trends across the South. Facing South has earned a … Last updated May 30, 2022

Field Foundation of Illinois


Founded in 1940 by Marshall Field III, the Field Foundation is a private, independent foundation that has been dedicated to the promise of Chicago for over 80 years. The Field … Last updated May 30, 2022

FIRE Newsroom

Individual Donor

FIRE operates as a nonprofit project of IRE, but raises its own funding. It has relied on contributions from individual donors, support from the Ford Foundation, and a current two-year grant … Last updated May 30, 2022

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice


Among other areas, Ford Foundation invests heavily in projects of Media & Broadcasting, Arts & Free Speech and Civil Rights Litigation. Annual payout of $500-$550M in support of social justice … Last updated March 22, 2022

Fund for Investigative Journalism


The Fund for Investigative Journalism provides grants and other support to independent journalists and news organizations to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact. It provides support … Last updated April 16, 2023

Getty Images

For-profit company

Getty Images move hearts, minds and opinions; they power commerce, ideas and perceptions. It is keenly aware that every day, Getty Images’ business affects individuals and society on many levels. … Last updated May 30, 2022

Golden Leaf Foundation


The Golden LEAF Foundation was established in 1999 to administer a portion of the tobacco settlement agreement monies back into North Carolina’s rural and economically distressed communities. For almost 20 … Last updated May 30, 2022

Gomma Photography


Gomma has come a long way since the first Gomma Magazine came out in 2004. Throughout the years, Gomma has been actively promoting photographers and their work, both established and … Last updated May 30, 2022