Donor FAQ

What is News Match?

News Match is a campaign to strengthen nonprofit journalism across the United States. We want to make 2017 a record-setting year for donations to local news, accountability reporting and public interest journalism, and we need your help.

News Match makes it easy to find and support nonprofit journalism. With 110 participating organizations, you can find and support trusted reporting in your community and on paramount issues like education, the environment and national security. Access to real news has never been more important. It’s time to support the journalism we want to see — which is why News Match is here.

A generous $3 million matching pool from the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation doubles the impact of your donation up to $1,000 between October 1 and December 31, 2017.


When is News Match?

News Match runs from October 1 to December 31, 2017.


Will my donation on NewsMatch.org be doubled?

A generous $3 million matching pool from Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation doubles the impact of your donation up to $1,000 between October 1 and December 31, 2017. Each organization is eligible to receive up to $28,000 from the matching pool.


Which news organizations can participate?

News organizations listed on NewsMatch.org are members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). INN represents more than 130 nonprofit news organizations around the country. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3). Members must be transparent about their funding sources and publish original, high-quality reporting that is investigative or public service by nature, such as expert explanatory or community public affairs coverage.


Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card or debit card may donate via NewsMatch.org

Donations through NewsMatch.org to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. Donations will be received and acknowledged by our website vendor GiveGab.


What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently.


How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made on NewsMatch.org to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly from GiveGab via direct deposit within 24-48 hours.


How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?

GiveGab retains a 2% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for standard credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for AMEX. You are given the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the receiving organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.


Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages and to notify you of future activities.

You have the option to make your donation anonymous. INN and the News Match sponsors encourage you to list your name, however. By naming your gift, you are advancing trust and transparency in our news media and strengthening journalism for everyone. Anonymous donations will be displayed as "Anonymous" on the organization’s News Match page. Organizations will still have access to your name and email address.


Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.


Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit NewsMatch.org on your mobile device.


What if my preferred organization is not listed?

The organizations listed are all members of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). INN represents more than 130 nonprofit news organizations around the country. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3). Members must be transparent about their funding sources and publish original, high-quality reporting that is investigative or public service by nature, such as expert explanatory or community public affairs coverage.

The deadline to join News Match 2017 has passed, but if you don't see your preferred organization listed, you can invite them to learn more about INN at inn.org.