NewsMatch will double individual gifts to trusted news organizations in another record-setting year
IowaWatch, run by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, is one of more than 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country selected to participate in this year’s NewsMatch for a third straight year. NewsMatch is the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations. The national call-to-action will launch on Nov. 1, 2018.
In 2017 NewsMatch helped to raise more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of private funders. This year the number of nonprofit news organizations participating has jumped by more than 40 percent. IowaWatch raised $21,214 in last year’s drive, of which $19,020 was eligible for a match.
“There is an incredible amount of excitement building around NewsMatch 2018 from news organizations across the country,” said Sue Cross, Executive Director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which serves as one of NewsMatch’s nonprofit partners. “We are encouraged to see such strong growth in community support of news because NewsMatch makes it easy for communities and individuals to find and fund their local sources of trusted news.”
“Qualifying for another year of NewsMatch is huge for IowaWatch, not just because of the impact on our annual budget but because of the recognition it gives to the journalism we work so hard to accomplish,” IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller said. “Doing this work is costly because of the time required to do it right, yet, people demand that it be done, and accurately.”
In 2018, more than 150 organizations will be eligible to receive matching funds for individual donations up to $1,000. Donors will be able to contribute between Nov. 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018, at NewsMatch.org—the first and only one-stop platform for donating to nonprofit news. Donations can also be made directly to participating newsrooms, including to an IowaWatch campaign webpage that will be announced closer to when the drive begins.
NewsMatch’s national call to action rallies those who believe in freedom of the press and helps empower journalists to do their jobs by telling stories that spark change and hold leaders accountable. The campaign is driven by a partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News and the News Revenue Hub, Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The Miami Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for the fund. The Facebook Journalism Project also made a $1 million donation to NewsMatch in 2018. Donors and foundations can join NewsMatch 2018 or support individual newsrooms by contacting The Miami Foundation’s Lindsey Linzer (LLinzer@miamifoundation.org).
Knight Foundation launched the inaugural NewsMatch in 2016, helping 57 nonprofit news organizations raise more than $2.4 million. In 2017, the campaign expanded to include a coalition of funders, raising $4.8 million for nonprofit news organizations, and equipping them with professional fundraising, tools and technology and cultivated over 43,000 new donors.
Donors can easily find and support trusted reporting in their community and on issues they care about at newsmatch.org. Organizations selected for NewsMatch 2018 include:
In the Midwest:
Belt Media Collaborative; Better Government Association; Block Club Chicago; Bridge Magazine; City Bureau; Flint Beat; East Lansing Info; Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism; KCUR-FM; Madison365; Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service; MinnPost; Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism; South Dakota News Watch; St. Louis Public Radio; The Chicago Reporter; The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Wausau Pilot and Review; WDET; WFYI Public Media; and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
In the Northeast:
Adirondack Explorer; Baltimore Brew; CivicStory; Connecticut Health Investigative Team; City Limits; Delaware Currents; ecoRI News; Hidden City Philadelphia; Highlands Current; Hummel Report; 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 Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism; New Haven Independent; NJ Spotlight; Philadelphia Public School Notebook; PublicSource; The CT Mirror; The GroundTruth Project; VTDigger.org; and WHYY.
In the South:
Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism; Arkansas Nonprofit News Network; Austin Monitor; Borderzine; Breckenridge Texan; Carolina Public Press; Center for Sustainable Journalism; Centro de Periodismo Investigativo; Charlottesville Tomorrow; Daily Yonder; Florida Bulldog; Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; Frontier Media Group; Georgia Health News; Insider Media Group, Inc.; Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; KYForward.com; LkldNow.com; Mississippi Today; North Carolina Health News; Northern Kentucky Tribune; Oklahoma Watch; Scalawag Magazine; Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation; Texas Observer; The Austin Bulldog; The Lens; and The Texas Tribune.
In the West:
Alhambra Source; Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting; Aspen Journalism; Bay Nature Institute; BenitoLink.com; California Health Report; CALmatters; Crosscut; EdSource; High Country News; Honolulu Civil Beat; inewsource; InvestigateWest; KPBS; Mission Local; Montana Free Press; Mountain Independent; New Mexico In Depth; NowCastSA; Rivard Report; Rocky Mountain Public Media; Searchlight New Mexico; San Francisco Public Press; The Colorado Independent; The Nevada Independent; The Seattle Globalist; TucsonSentinel.com; Voice of OC; Voice of San Diego; Voices of Monterey Bay; WitnessLA; and WyoFile.
100 Reporters; Anthropocene Magazine; Center for Responsive Politics; Chalkbeat; Civil Eats; Current; Energy News Network; Ensia; FairWarning; Food and Environment Reporting Network; Fostering Media Connections; Futuro Media Group; Grist; Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance; In These Times; Injustice Watch; InsideClimate News; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Investigative Reporting Workshop; Mother Jones; MuckRock; National Parks Traveler; Next City; Orb Media; PassBlue; PBS NewsHour; PolitiFact; ProPublica; Public Radio International (PRI) / Public Radio Exchange (PRX); Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Religion News Foundation; Retro Report; Society for Science and the Public/Science News; Solitary Watch; The Center for Investigative Reporting; Tarbell; The Center for Public Integrity; The Conversation US; The Hechinger Report; The Intercept; The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute; The Marshall Project; The New Food Economy; The Trace; The War Horse; Threshold; Washington Monthly; and Youth Radio.
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. Visit newsmatch.org for more information.
IowaWatch is part of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to producing high quality investigative journalism while training journalism students on this work at a high, ethical level. IowaWatch provides mentorship to college students in Iowa who want to be journalists and helps in getting their work published by newspapers and news web sites, and exposed through broadcast outlets.
IowaWatch.org also publishes their work.
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 United States. 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
Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011, Democracy Fund has invested more than $100 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit democracyfund.org.
About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is available at macfound.org.
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 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.