2011 Grants

 

Program Area Totals

In 2011 the Foundation awarded 312 grants for a total of $17,778,916. This included $6,788 in Employee Matching Grants.
Media 54 Grants for $3,870,000
Environment 83 Grants for $3,032,229
Animal Welfare 26 Grants for $700,000
Sustainable Ithaca 24 Grants for $551,845
Community Needs 52 Grants for $885,750
Memberships and Philanthropic Engagement 8 Grants for $72,638
Other Grants 52 Grants for $1,268,000
Higher Education 4 Grants for $7,398,454

2011 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
$300,000
www.freepress.net

Media Access Project

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

Proteus Fund, Inc.

Amherst, MA
Media Democracy Fund, a collaborative grantmaking initiative to build the media policy field and provide grants to grassroots and national advocacy efforts in the public interest
$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.

Community Service Society of New York

New York, NY
City Limit's investigative policy journalism project, "The Urban Agenda"
$10,500
www.cssny.org

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$30,000
www.motherjones.com

Nation Institute

New York, NY
The Investigative Fund to incubate and support groundbreaking investigative stories with the potential for social impact
$15,000
www.investigativefund.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
YES! magazine's, High Impact Campaign, for the Jobs and Livelihoods issue
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

Raleigh Public Record, Inc.

Raleigh, NC
Environmental reporting in Raleigh
$10,000
www.raleighpublicrecord.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Corporate Research Project to investigate the influence of corporations on bills introduced in legislatures across the country
$31,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$15,000
www.commondreams.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Arlington, VA
General operating support
$20,000
consortiumnews.com

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Investigative reporting grants to journalists for 12 groundbreaking stories in the U.S. on critical issues not reported in the mainstream media
$75,000
www.fij.org

Independent Production Fund

New York, NY
The multimedia project, Moyers & Company
$1,000,000
www.IPFmedia.org

American University

Center for Public Integrity

Media , DC
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Pacifica Foundation

Berkeley, CA
The WBAI Community News Stringer Project, providing training for community-based young people interested in learning the basics of news reporting
$12,000
www.pacifica.org

Public Interest Projects, Inc.

New York, NY
Center for Investigative Journalism's continued research into the activities and policies of Cargill, Inc.
$16,500
www.publicinterestprojects.org

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Washington, DC
General operating support for Global News Partnership
$20,000
pulitzercenter.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

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

Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media

St. Paul, MN
Marketplace's, Economy 4.0, radio series with David Brancaccio
$250,000
www.americanpublicmedia.org

Public Communicators, Inc./Free Speech TV

Denver, CO
Network expansion of Free Speech TV
$10,000
www.freespeech.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.

Earth Island Institute, Inc.

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

Envision Environmental Media Center

Sag Harbor, NY
General operating support for the Enviro Close-Up Series
$10,000
www.envirovideo.com

Grist Magazine, Inc.

Seattle, WA
General operating support
$30,000
www.grist.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Strategic expansion of the Campaign Against Fracking
$100,000
www.prwatch.org

Independent Production Fund

New York, NY
If Trees Could Talk, a PBS special that recognizes humanity's dependence upon trees and, in doing so, promotes more environmentally conscientious actions
$15,000
www.IPFmedia.org

Link Media, Inc.

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

New York Women in Film, Inc.

New York, NY
Distribution and outreach activities for the film, Semper Fi: Always Faithful
$10,000
www.nywift.org

Orion Society

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

The American Independent News Network

Washington, DC
Coverage of environmental issues with a focus on hydraulic fracturing through AINN's national bureau, The American Independent
$10,000
www.tainews.org

Connexus Communications

Trinidad, CA
Public radio educational campaign on natural gas and nanotechnology
$35,000
www.aworldofpossibilities.org

Collective Heritage Institute

Santa Fe, NM
The production-completion and distribution of Season XI and start up production costs for Season XII of the annual radio series, Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
$25,000
www.bioneers.org

Earth Action Network, Inc.

Media , CT
Weekly question and answer column, EarthTalk
$20,000
www.emagazine.com

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC
2011 Environmental Film Festival
$5,000
www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

Society of Environmental Journalists

Jenkintown, PA
General operating support
$25,000
www.sej.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).

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

Arlington, VA
Broadcast and online reporting of critical issues on the PBS NewsHour
$200,000
www.weta.org

Institute for Media Analysis, Inc.

New York, NY
The launch of The Laura Flanders Show on public television
$25,000

National Public Radio, Inc.

Washington, DC
Sustaining NPR's coverage of environmental issues
$100,000
www.npr.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston, MA
FRONTLINE 2012 Series Support
$600,000
www.wgbh.org

Documentaries

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

American University

Washington, DC
Production of the documentary, Shooting in the Wild, which will raise awareness of the environmental, wildlife and ethical issues surrounding the way filmmakers shoot and present their subject matter to audiences
$15,000
www.american.edu

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
The development and pre-production of the film on the climate crisis, The Message
$50,000

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.

Sharon, MA
The documentary film, COOKED, and a cross-platform engagement campaign, about the intersection of extreme heat/climate change, poverty and disaster preparedness
$20,000
www.documentaries.org

Documentary Educational Resources

Watertown, MA
The distribution and outreach for the Uji Films documentary, Lunch Line, which includes the perspectives of young people most affected by public food assistance programs
$10,000
www.der.org

Living Archives, Inc.

New York, NY
Completion and dissemination of The Loving Story, a documentary produced by Augusta Films, focused on the 1967 Supreme Court case that defeated bans on interracial marriage across the South
$10,000
www.living-archives.org

Other

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

Foundation for a Sustainable Community

Durham, NC
Institute for Sustainable Development's Green Plus program to work with small employers in economically challenged communities in North Carolina helping them improve their economic prosperity, environmental protection and civic engagement
$10,000
www.gogreenplus.org

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

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

International Center for Global Communications Foundation, Inc.

New York, NY
Upgrade and redesign Mediachannel.org, a website that monitors media performance and promotes media literacy
$10,000
www.mediachannel.org

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
Efforts to build the Institute's communications capacity, including OtherWords editorial service which distributes commentary aimed at amplifying progressive analysis
$15,000
www.ips-dc.org

Media Matters for America

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

Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs

Calabasas, CA
Dream of a Nation, a national public education effort to raise awareness of critical environmental and social issues, and the Project for Improved Environmental Coverage, to improve environmental coverage in the media
$20,000
www.saveourplanet.org

WNET.ORG

New York, NY
Money and Medicine, a PBS documentary tackling the nation's health care cost crisis
$20,000
www.thirteen.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
General operating support for the North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Brave New Foundation

Culver City, CA
Rethink Afghanistan, a campaign to bring public and mainstream media attention to the economic, physical and spiritual costs of the war in Afghanistan
$25,000
www.bravenewfoundation.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.accuracy.org

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