2009 Grants

 

Program Area Totals

In 2009 the Foundation awarded 358 grants for a total of $17,592,145. This included $2,275 in Employee Matching Grants.  $200,000 in Program Related Investments were made.

Media 52 Grants for $3,505,180
Environment 83 Grants for $3,171,500
Animal Welfare 36 Grants for $885,000
Sustainable Ithaca 27 Grants for $729,300
Community Needs 59 Grants for $975,300
Memberships and Philanthropic Engagement 9 Grants for $91,680
Other Grants 52 Grants for $1,295,000
Higher Education 4 Grants for $6,936,910

2009 Grants


Media

The Foundation supports nationally-significant public interest media including: policy, investigative journalism, public broadcasting, and select environmental media projects.

National Policy

These grants include nationally-significant initiatives that promote fair and open public interest media systems and policies in the U.S.

Free Press

Florence, MA
General operating support
$250,000
www.freepress.net

Media Access Project

Washington, DC
General operating support
$15,000
www.mediaaccess.org

Proteus Fund, Inc.

Amherst, MA
General operating support for the Media Democracy Fund, a collaborative grantmaking initiative to build the media policy field and provide grants to grassroots and national advocacy efforts.
$75,000
www.proteusfund.org

Investigative Reporting & Public Interest Media

These grants include investigative reporting projects, watchdog and independent journalism, and other non-commercial media projects that serve the public interest and ensure a better informed citizenry.

American University

Washington, DC
General operating support for the Investigative Reporting Workshop
$150,000
www.investigativereportingworkshop.org

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$225,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc

New York, NY
General operating support
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA
Assignment 2020: Reporting as if the Future Depended on It, a collaborative journalism initiative on climate change issues
$100,000
www.motherjones.com

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$55,000
www.motherjones.com

Green America

Washington, DC
Minuteman Media and its free national distribution of progressive commentary to small circulation newspapers - www.otherwords.org
$10,000
www.Greenamericatoday.org

Independent Media Institute

San Francisco, CA
AlterNet, a news magazine and online community
$10,000
www.alternet.org

Institute for Media Analysis, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support for and syndication of GRITtv with Laura Flanders
$14,000
www.grittv.org

National Public Radio, Inc.

Washington, DC
Coverage of environmental issues
$100,000
www.npr.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
YES! magazine's High Impact Campaigns on issues related to education, the economy, climate change and the local food movement
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

Public Education Center, Inc.

Washington, DC
Investigative reporting of the National Security News Service
$20,000
www.dcbureau.org

Public Interest Projects, Inc.

New York, NY
Center for Investigative Journalism's research into the activities and policies of Cargill, Inc.
$15,000
www.publicinterestprojects.org

Environment

These grants include select film, radio, print and multimedia projects on critical environmental issues aligned with priority interests. These grants are primarily at the Foundation’s initiative.

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.

Sharon, MA
Cooked, a documentary and community engagement campaign about the 1995 heat wave in Chicago and the impacts of poverty and global warming
$20,000
www.documentaries.org

Center for Investigative Reporting

Berkeley, CA
Completion of the documentary film, Dirty Business: The Selling of Clean Coal; and an investigation into the "cap and trade" system and global carbon commodity markets
$20,000
www.centerforinvestigativereporting.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Coverage of threats to water safety from gas drilling through the Water Portal/Marcellus Shale clearinghouse on SourceWatch.org
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Collective Heritage Institute

Santa Fe, NM
Production and distribution of the radio series, Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
$25,000
www.bioneers.org

Connexus Communications

Arcata, CA
The radio show, A World of Possibilities, for coverage of the use of natural systems to remove toxins from industrial processes and goods
$35,000
www.aworldofpossibilities.org

Earth Action Network, Inc.

Westport, CT
Weekly column, Earth Talk: Questions and Answers About Our Environment, provided free to newspapers, magazines and web sites nationwide
$35,000
www.emagazine.com

Grist Magazine, Inc.

Seattle, WA
Implementation of a strategic plan to expand audience and make content accessible across multiple platforms
$43,000
www.grist.org

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Takoma Park, MD
Weekly radio program, If You Love This Planet, hosted by Dr. Helen Caldicott
$20,000
www.ieer.org

Link Media, Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Link TV's environmental news magazine, Earth Focus, featuring episodes on water issues
$10,000
www.linktv.org

Orion Society

Great Barrington, MA
General operating support for Orion Magazine with an emphasis on articles about water
$10,000
www.orionmagazine.org

Public Radio International

Minneapolis, MN
Coverage of environment issues on the news program, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji
$20,000
www.pri.org

Society of Environmental Journalists

Jenkintown, PA
Speakers' participation in Environmental Grantmakers Association's 2009 Fall Retreat Workshop, "Emptying the Newsroom and its Impact on Environmental Journalism"
$1,180
www.sej.org

Earth Island Institute

Berkeley, CA
Earth Island Institute's Green Journalism Fund to underwrite in-depth, investigative reporting on critical environmental issues in the magazine, Earth Island Journal
$10,000
www.earthisland.org

Public Broadcasting

These grants include underwriting for nationally broadcasted public affairs programs and select projects in conjunction with three major East Coast stations: WGBH (Boston), WNET (New York) and WETA (Arlington, VA/Washington, DC).

Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET-TV)

New York, NY
Series support for NOW on PBS
$125,000
www.thirteen.org

Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET-TV)

New York, NY
Series support for Bill Moyers Journal
$1,000,000
www.thirteen.org

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc. (WETA-TV)

Arlington, VA
Coverage of environmental, media, political and social issues on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
$275,000
www.weta.org

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc. (WETA-TV)

Arlington, VA
Children's program, Biz Kids, aimed at teaching youth about money and business
$60,000
www.weta.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston, MA
Series support for FRONTLINE
$400,000
www.wgbh.org

Documentaries

These grants support select independent documentaries, primarily at the Foundation's initiative.

Arts Engine, Inc.

New York, NY
Good Fortune, a film that examines U.S. foreign aid
$10,000
www.artsengine.net

Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET-TV)

New York, NY
No Tomorrow, a film about the death penalty
$10,000
www.thirteen.org

Independent Feature Project

Brooklyn, NY
Completion and distribution of the film, The Good Soldier, which explores the personal journeys of American soldiers from different wars
$20,000
www.ifp.org

Organic School Project

Chicago, IL
Lunch Line, film about a school lunch program
$25,000
www.organicschoolproject.org

Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles Chapter

Los Angeles, CA
Dr. James Yamazaki and the Children of the Atomic Bomb, a film about the effects of the nuclear bomb and its present day hazards
$5,000
www.psrla.org

Public Interest Pictures

Marina Del Rey, CA
Marketing and outreach for the film, Broadcast Blues, about media policy issues
$10,000
www.pipdocs.org

Teddy Bear Films

San Francisco, CA
SEEDS, a film about the social and economic crisis faced by farmers around the world
$10,000
www.teddybearfilms.com

The Kindling Group

Chicago, IL
Educational outreach campaign for the film, Do No Harm, about efforts to expose and rectify injustices in the non-profit hospital system
$10,000
www.kindlinggroup.org

Other

These grants are primarily made at the initiative of the Foundation.

Brave New Foundation

Culver City, CA
No War in Afghanistan Awareness and Advocacy Campaign, to increase media on public opposition to war
$25,000
www.bravenewfoundation.org

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC
2009 Environmental Film Festival
$15,000
www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

New York, NY
Production and distribution of the weekly media criticism radio program, CounterSpin
$10,000
www.fair.org

Homeless Empowerment Project

Cambridge, MA
The Homelessness Marathon, an annual live radio broadcast focusing on homelessness and poverty in the U.S.
$15,000
www.homelessempowerment.org

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
Expansion of the Institute's communications capacity to amplify progressive voices in the media
$10,000
www.ips-dc.org

International Center for Global Communications Foundation, Inc

New York, NY
Creation of an online media network for students
$15,000
www.mediachannel.org

Media Matters for America

Washington, DC
General operating support
$10,000
www.mediamatters.org

Mountain Area Information Network

Asheville, NC
General operating support
$20,000
www.main.nc.us

Pacifica Foundation

Berkeley, CA
WBAI Community News Stringer project to train students in broadcast news reporting
$12,000
www.pacifica.org

The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY
Columbia Journalism Review's News Innovation Initiative about the challenges and opportunities facing journalism
$25,000
www.cjr.org

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO
General operating support for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
$10,000
rji.missouri.edu

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