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Nearly 200 nonprofit newsrooms will benefit from matching-gift campaign as NewsMatch expands for 2019

Foundations, philanthropists and corporate partners will match individual gifts during year-end drive to strengthen local news and investigative reporting

NewsMatch 2019: This News Can't Wait.

Photo credits: The Hechinger Report, inewsource, ProPublica

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2019) — Nearly 200 nonprofit newsrooms across the country will participate in NewsMatch 2019, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations.

The national call-to-action will launch on Nov. 1, 2019, when donations up to $1,000 to 198 nonprofit news organizations will be matched. Donors will be able to contribute between Nov. 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, at NewsMatch.org — the first and only one-stop platform for donating to nonprofit news — and directly on the websites of participating newsrooms.

“The incredible growth of nonprofit newsrooms and their supporters is inspiring to witness,” said Sue Cross, Executive Director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News, one of NewsMatch’s nonprofit partners in expanding community-supported news reporting. “This year’s NewsMatch campaign will ensure that people can easily find and support trusted and local news providers in the communities they care about."

In 2018, NewsMatch helped 154 newsrooms raise $7.6 million from individual donors and a coalition of foundations and companies, making it the largest-ever grassroots fundraising campaign to support local news. Ninety-three percent of last year’s participants said the campaign helped them raise more money than they otherwise would have. In the three years since NewsMatch was launched, it has helped participating newsrooms raise more than $14 million. A sign of growth in public support for journalism, the INN Index 2019 study found individuals and families now donate nearly 40 percent of all the revenue going to news nonprofits.

Examples of success that grew from NewsMatch include:

  • LkldNow, which started as a one-person operation in 2015. After participating in NewsMatch in 2018 and raising more than $29,000, it was able to hire a part-time development staffer. In 2020, it expects to hire two full-time staffers.
  • The Texas Observer, which switched from subscriptions to member donations and raised nearly $140,000 in membership revenue in 2018.
  • Oklahoma Watch targeted large-dollar donors and grew its revenue from major and mid-size donations from $7,500 in 2017 to $51,750 in 2018.

The 2019 campaign comes at a time when national media outlets including The New York Times, the Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal have reported on the growing crisis in local news and the dire consequences for communities. Meanwhile nonprofit newsrooms have been launching at a pace of more than one a month in the U.S. for more than a decade.

NewsMatch is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, Facebook Journalism Project, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Natasha and Dirk Ziff, and Present Progressive Fund at Schwab Charitable, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, the Institute for Nonprofit News and the News Revenue Hub. REI Co-op recently announced new first-time support to NewsMatch. The Gates Family Foundation will again support Colorado newsrooms in partnership with NewsMatch through the Colorado Media Project.

Donors and foundations can contribute to NewsMatch 2019 or support individual newsrooms by contacting The Miami Foundation’s Lindsey Linzer at LLinzer@miamifoundation.org.

Donors can easily find and support trusted reporting in their community and on issues they care about at NewsMatch.org.

Organizations selected for NewsMatch 2019 include:

In the Northeast

Adirondack Explorer; Baltimore Brew; Chesapeake Bay Journal; City Limits; CivicStory; Connecticut Health Investigative Team; Delaware Currents; Documented; ecoRI News; Hidden City Philadelphia; Hummel Report; InDepthNH.org; Investigative Post; Lower Cape TV/Lower Cape News; Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; Maryland Matters; MarylandReporter.com; NancyOnNorwalk.com; New England Center for Investigative Reporting; New Haven Independent; NJ Spotlight; PA Post; PBS39; Philadelphia Public School Notebook; PublicSource; Rochester Beacon; Spotlight PA; The Bedford Citizen; The City; The CT Mirror; The Hartford Guardian; The Highlands Current; The Ithaca Voice; The Pawling Record; VTDigger.org; and WHYY.

In the Midwest

Belt Media Collaborative; Better Government Association; Block Club Chicago; Bridge Magazine; Capitol News Illinois; City Bureau; Detroit Public Television; East Lansing Info (ELi); Eye on Ohio (Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism); Flint Beat; Grey Matter Media / Matter News; Injustice Watch; Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch); KCUR-FM; Madison365; Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service; MinnPost; Outlier Media; Sahan Journal; South Dakota News Watch; South Side Weekly; St. Louis Public Radio; The Badger Project; The Chicago Reporter; The Devil Strip; The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Wausau Pilot and Review; WDET Detroit’s NPR Station; WFYI Public Media; and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

In the South

Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism (BirminghamWatch); Arkansas Nonprofit News Network; Austin Monitor; Chesapeake Bay Journal; Borderzine; Breckenridge Texan; Carolina Public Press; Center for Sustainable Journalism; Centro de Periodismo Investigativo; Charlottesville Tomorrow; Daily Yonder; DCist; Enlace Latino NC; Florida Bulldog; Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; Foothills Forum; Georgia Health News; Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism; KOSU; LkldNow; Mississippi Center For Investigative Reporting; Mississippi Today; MLK50: Justice Through Journalism; North Carolina Health News; NowCastSA; Oklahoma Watch; Rivard Report; Scalawag Magazine; Southerly; Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation; Texas Observer; The Austin Bulldog; The Current; The DC Line; The Frontier; The Lens; The Texas Tribune; The Tyler Loop; Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism; and WJCT.

In the West

Alhambra Source; Aspen Journalism; Bay City News; Bay Nature Institute; BenitoLink; Boyle Heights Beat; CalMatters ; Crosscut; EdSource; High Country News; Honolulu Civil Beat; inewsource; InvestigateWest; Key Peninsula News; KPBS; KPCW; Mission Local; Montana Free Press; Nevada Public Radio; New Mexico In Depth; Patagonia Regional Times; Rocky Mountain Public Media; San Francisco Public Press; San Jose Spotlight; Searchlight New Mexico; The Colorado Independent; The Nevada Independent; The Seattle Globalist; TucsonSentinel.com; Underscore.; Voice of OC; Voice of San Diego; Voices of Monterey Bay; WitnessLA; and WyoFile.

National / Global Publications

100Reporters; Anthropocene Magazine; Center for Responsive Politics/OpenSecrets; Chalkbeat; Civil Eats; Current; Energy News Network; Ensia; FairWarning; Food and Environment Reporting Network; Food Bank News; Fostering Media Connections; Futuro Media Group; Grist; H2O Radio; In These Times; InsideClimate News; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Investigative Network; Investigative Reporting Workshop; Mongabay; Mother Jones; MuckRock; Next City; Open Campus; PassBlue; PBS NewsHour; PolitiFact; ProPublica;The World ; Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Religion News Foundation; Retro Report; Science Friday; Science News; Shelterforce; Solitary Watch; Tarbell.org; The Center for Investigative Reporting; The Center for Public Integrity; The Conversation US; The Crime Report; The Fuller Project for International Reporting; The GroundTruth Project, home to Report for America; The Hechinger Report; The Intercept; The Marshall Project; The New Food Economy; The Nonprofit Quarterly; The Reporters Inc.; The Trace; The War Horse; Threshold; Type Investigations; Washington Monthly; Yale Environment 360; and YR Media.

These nonprofit news organizations are all members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, must be transparent about funding sources, and produce investigative and/or public-service reporting. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 


Contact:

Arron Neal
Mission Partners
213-568-3334
media@newsmatch.org 


About the Institute for Nonprofit News:

The Institute for Nonprofit News is an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms, strengthening the sources of independent, public service information and investigative journalism for thousands of communities across the U.S. INN is the only organization in the U.S. specifically focused on supporting the emerging nonprofit news sector. For more, visit INN.org.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

About Democracy Fund:

Created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund is a foundation helping to ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Democracy Fund has invested more than $125 million in support of a healthy, resilient, and diverse democracy with a particular focus on modern elections, effective governance, and a vibrant public square.

About The Miami Foundation:

Since 1967, The Miami Foundation has used civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We partner with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic Funds. Thanks to them, we have awarded over $250 million in grants and currently manage more than $300 million in assets to build a better Miami. As the Foundation marks our 50th anniversary, we are celebrating great Miamians who have championed what matters to them, encouraging all residents to share their Miami stories and unite around the causes they care about. For more, visit miamifoundation.org.

About the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation:

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by empowering world-changing work in investigative journalism, arts and culture, and documentary film.

About Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation:

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. For more, visit journalismfoundation.org.

About the Facebook Journalism Project:

The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. FJP is dedicated to ensuring high quality journalism thrives by delivering value through new products, partnerships with the news industry and programs. FJP works in three ways: collaborative development of new products; providing tools and trainings for journalists; and providing tools and trainings for people.

About the News Revenue Hub:

The News Revenue Hub helps news organizations build the trust and financial support of their audiences by providing customized technology tools and proven strategies to create and sustain successful digital membership programs. For more, visit fundjournalism.org.