During NewsMatch 2019, 195 nonprofit newsrooms raised a total of $43.5 million after an initial philanthropic investment of $3.37 million -- a return on investment of nearly 1200%.


Newsroom Returns

2016

2017

2018

2019

# of Newsrooms

57

109

154

195

Total $ Raised from Individuals

No Data*

$26,495,266

$33,000,000

$43,547,980






Philanthropic Investment

2016

2017

2018

2019

Matching Grants*

$1,238,708

$2,365,021

$3,161,809

$3,368,044

Partner Funds*

N/A*

$158,000

$209,209

$560,000

Local Matches*

No Data

$886,352

$676,814

$1,440,000

Goal-Based Bonuses*

N/A

N/A

$404,013

$205,000

Yearly Total

$2,477,416

$5,774,394

$7,613,655

$8,941,087






Other (11/1-12/31)

2016

2017

2018

2019

# Donations

No Data

350,000

358,751

548,306

# New Donors

No Data

43,014

52,159

58,180

# Local Matches

No Data

17

257

235

# Nat’l Funders

1

4

7

8

# Partner Funders

N/A

4

5

7

 

*Robust data collection on giving to newsrooms did not begin until 2017.

*Matching Grants of up to $20,000 for participating newsrooms come from the Main NewsMatch Fund, which in 2019 was supported by Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, Facebook Journalism Project, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Natasha and Dirk Ziff, Present Progressive Fund at Schwab Charitable, and Spitzer Charitable Trust.

*Partner Funds provide additional matching grants for newsrooms working in specific geographic regions or issue areas. 2019 Partner Funds: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (California), REI Co-Op (Local Environmental Reporting), Jonathan Logan Family Foundation (The American South), Wyncote Foundation (Philadelphia and New Jersey), Hewlett Foundation (Education), Rita Allen Foundation (Science), and Independence Public Media Foundation (Philadelphia). 

 *N/A indicates this program feature was not yet created.

*Local Matches are matching grants newsrooms secure from local foundations, major donors, or businesses.

*Goal-Based Bonus grants are issued to newsrooms for hitting specific metrics, like bringing in 100 new donors during the campaign.