2015 Grants

 

Program Area Totals

From January through December, 2015, the Foundation awarded 361 grants for a total of $18,082,080. This included $11,740 in Employee Matching Grants. $350,000 in Program Related Investments were made.
Media 53 Grants for $3,507,500
Environment 77 Grants for $2,689,000
Animal Welfare 26 Grants for $695,500
Sustainable Ithaca 23 Grants for $884,186
Community Needs 41 Grants for $1,018,940
Memberships and Philanthropic Engagement 14 Grants for $139,628
Other Grants 47 Grants for $1,122,000
Higher Education 3 Grants for $7,204,446

2015 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
$400,000
www.freepress.net

Free Speech for People, Inc.

Amherst , MA
Citizens Inspired
$50,000
www.freespeechforpeople.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
The Edge of Change: Finding Hope at the Margins of America
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

Public Square Media, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support for BillMoyers.com (over 18 months)
$300,000

Represent.US Education Fund

Florence, MA
The Represent.Us Campaign: grassroots organizing through digital & social media 
$50,000
www.represent.us

Rootsaction Education Fund

Murfreesboro, TN
General operating support
$20,000

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
OtherWords
$15,000
www.ips-dc.org

New Venture Fund

Common Cause Education Fund

Washington, DC
Work to advance the cause of open, accessible and diverse media for society
and the health of our democracy
$100,000
www.commoncause.org

Tides Center

San Francisco, CA
General operating support for Open MIC
$25,000
www.tides.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.

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, MI
Water Project
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Arlington , VA
Consortiumnews.com General Operating Expenses
$20,000
www.consortiumnews.com

Earth Island Institute, Inc.

Berkeley, CA
Green Journalism Fund
$12,500
www.earthislandjournal.org

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
CounterSpin
$20,000
www.fair.org

Nation Institute

New York, NY
The Investigative Fund 
$40,000
www.nationinstitute.org

Project on Government Oversight

Washington , DC
General operating support for POGO Transparency, Accountability and Oversight
$25,000
www.pogo.org

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc.

St Petersburg, FL
Fact-Checking: Seeking Truth in an Election Year
$15,000
www.poynter.org

Tides Foundation

San Francisco, CA
Support for Independent Journalism in the Public Interest
$15,000
www.tidecenter.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston , MA
FRONTLINE 2016 Series Support
$600,000
www.wgbh.org

EducationNC

Raleigh, NC
General operating support for online journalism to transform education policy in North Carolina
$25,000
www.ednc.org

Institute for Public Affairs

Chicago, IL
General operating support for In These Times magazine
$15,000
www.inthesetimes.com

Lost Light Projects, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY
General Operating Support for InsideClimate News
$25,000
www.insideclimatenews.org

MapLight

Berkeley, CA
Tracking Money and Influence in U.S. Congress
$15,000
www.maplight.org

American University

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
Mother Jones' reporting on Dark Money and Climate Desk reporting
$100,000
www.climatedesk.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, NY
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

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

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
General operating support
$40,000
www.fair.org

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Grants for independent investigative reporters
$50,000
www.fij.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

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

iTVS

San Francisco, CA
ITVS Documentary Desk initiative
$75,000
www.itvs.org

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation

Kennesaw, GA
Support for Youth Today and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
$20,000
www.sustainablejournism.org

Nation Institute

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.

International WOW Company

Brooklyn, NY
Grassroots engagement campaign for the third film of the Gasland trilogy
$80,000
www.gaslandthemovie.com

One Ocean Media Foundation

Stone Ridge, NY
The film, "Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking In One
Voice"
$50,000
www.oceans8films.com

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.

Arlington, VA
General support for PBS NewsHour
$200,000
www.weta.org

Innovative Charitable Initiatives

Albany, NY
WRFI Community Radio general operating support
$50,000
www.nycon.org/subsidiaries/index.asp

International Media Project

Oakland, CA
Making Contact weekly radio series and web content
$15,000
www.radioproject.org

Brave New Films

Culver City, CA
Gun Safety Project
$25,000
www.bravenewfilms.org

Collective Heritage Institute

Santa Fe, NM
Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
$15,000
www.bioneers.org

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC
2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
$5,000
www.dceff.org

New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY
Out of Bounds Radio Show with Tish Pearlman
$15,000
www.nyfa.org

North Carolina Coastal Federation, Inc.

Newport, NC
Expanding Coastal Review Online
$20,000
www.nccoast.org

Public Communicators, Inc./Free Speech TV

Denver, CO
General operating support
$15,000
www.freespeech.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.org

Working Films

Wilmington, NC
General operating support
$10,000
www.workingfilms.org

Documentaries

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

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
The completion and associated outreach for the film, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
$100,000

Other

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

Demos

New York, NY
Emerging Voices Fellowship
$50,000
www.demos.org

Media Alliance

San Francisco, CA
General support, Ithaca Voice online news site
$35,000
www.media-alliance.org

Associated Press Media Editors Foundation

New York, NY
Community Journalism Public Service Initiative (over 2 years)
$10,000
www.apme.com

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Washington, DC
Community Broadband Networks Initiative
$25,000
www.ilsr.org

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