2016 Grants

 

Program Area Totals

From January through December, 2016, the Foundation awarded 392 grants for a total of $20,409,616. This included $13,528 in Employee Matching Grants. $394,573 in Program Related Investments were made.
Media 66 Grants for $4,830,000
Environment 81 Grants for $3,043,500
Animal Welfare 30 Grants for $815,000
Sustainable Ithaca 19 Grants for $872,638
Community Needs 49 Grants for $1,177,150
Memberships and Philanthropic Engagement 8 Grants for $43,800
Other Grants 49 Grants for $1,171,000
Higher Education 4 Grants for $7,538,000

2016 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.

Demos

New York, NY
Welcoming a New Emerging Voices Fellow
$50,000
www.demos.org

Free Press

Florence, MA
General operating support
$400,000
www.FreePress.net

Free Speech for People, Inc.

Amherst, MA
Citizens Inspired: Advancing the Democracy Movement Through Digital Media and Communications
$80,000
www.freespeechforpeople.org

New Economy Coalition

Boston, MA
New Economies Media Project
$45,000
www.neweconomy.net

Project on Government Oversight

Washington, DC
General support for POGO: Transparency, Accountability and Oversight
$30,000
www.pogo.org

Represent.US Education Fund

Florence, MA
General operating support
$80,000
www.represent.us

RootsAction Education Fund

Murfreesboro, TN
General operating support
$22,500
www.rootsaction.org

Alliance for Global Justice

Tucson, AZ
General operating support for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network Movement Building
$15,000
www.afgj.org

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Washington, DC
Community Broadband Networks Initiative
$15,000
www.ilsr.org

New Venture Fund

Common Cause Education Fund

Washington, DC
Advancing the Cause of Media for Our Democracy: Open, Accessible and Diverse
$100,000
www.commoncause.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

Oakland, CA
General operating support
$20,000
www.accuracy.org

Tides Center

San Francisco, CA
Open MIC
$30,000
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, WI
Water Project
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$100,000
www.commondreams.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
General operating
$15,000
www.fair.org

Nation Institute

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From a 12,000 Mile Road Trip Through a New America
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

ProPublica, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$125,000
www.propublica.org

Alliance for Justice

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

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
The Chemical Collusion Papers Project
$25,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
Common Dreams - General Operating Expenses
$15,000
www.commondreams.org

Government Accountability Project, Inc.

Washington, DC
Climate Science & Policy Watch: Climate Policy & Accelerated Fossil Fuel Devlopment Oversight
$30,000
www.whistleblower.org

Institute for Policy Studies

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

Institute for Public Affairs

Chicago, IL
General operations for In These Times
$15,000
www.inthesetimes.com

Media Alliance

San Francisco, CA
The Ithaca Voice - Audience Engagement Initiative
$35,000
www.media-alliance.org

Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

Washington, DC
Dangerous Medicines: Drug Safety Oversight
$15,000
www.citizen.org/hrg

Lost Light Projects, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY
General support for InsideClimate News
$50,000
www.insideclimatenews.org

American University

Washington, DC
Investigative Reporting Workshop
$200,000
www.american.edu

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$300,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
Mother Jones' reporting on Dark Money/Climate Desk reporting
$100,000
www.motherjones.com

Helen Caldicott Foundation

Asheville, NC
Support to complete the book editing from a 2015 Symposium
$15,000
www.helencaldicottfoundation.org

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation

Kennesaw, GA
General operating support
$20,000
www.sustainablejournism.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
North Carolina News Service Project
$15,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Brave New Films

Culver City, CA
Koch Brothers and Inequality
$25,000
www.bravenewfilms.org

Center for Responsive Politics

Washington, DC
General support for A Pivotal Moment: Changing Landscapes in Campaign Finance
$15,000
www.OpenSecrets.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.motherjones.com

Fund for Investigative Journalism

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

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.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 support investigative reporting on critical environmental issues in the magazine, Earth Island Journal
$15,000
www.earthislandjournal.org

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
Eco-Accountability Project
$100,000

Fresh Energy

Saint Paul, MN
Southeast Energy News
$20,000
www.fresh-energy.org

North Carolina Coastal Federation, Inc.

Newport, NC
Covering the News of the Coast: Coastal Review Online
$15,000
www.nccoast.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.

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

Innovative Charitable Initiatives

New York Public Radio

New York, NY
Public Radio Investigative Reporting on the Financial Industry
$50,000
www.wnyc.org

International Media Project

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

Fractured Atlas

New York, NY
Threshold
$10,000
www.fracturedatlas.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$30,000
www.democracynow.org

New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

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

Public Communicators, Inc./Free Speech TV

Denver, CO
General operating support
$20,000
www.freespeech.org

Documentaries

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

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Arlington, VA
Ken Burns's Crime and Punishment in America (over 4 years)
$1,000,000
www.weta.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston, MA
FRONTLINE 2017 Series Support
$600,000
www.wgbh.org

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc.

Melrose, MA
Can We Fix our Democracy?
$25,000
www.filmmakerscollab.org

IFP Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
Documentary, First Daughter and the Black Snake
$10,000
www.ifpmn.org/about

Independent Feature Project

Toronto, ON
All Governments Lie - Truth, Deception and the "Children" of I.F. Stone
$50,000
www.nymediacenter.com

Elon University

Elon, NC
Documentary on Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Namibia
$10,000
www.elon.edu

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
"The Best Democracy Money Can Buy": Vote Suppression Investigation, Public Education, and Multi-platform Outreach (in association with previously funded documentary)
$50,000

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC
2016 Environmental Film Festival in the the Nation's Capital
$5,000
www.dceff.org

ITVS

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

One Ocean Media Foundation

Stone Ridge, NY
Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now!
$20,000
www.oceans8films.com

Working Films

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

Other

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

Media Impact Funders

Philadelphia, PA
2016 Membership
$7,500
www.mediaimpactfunders.org

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Washington, DC
Operating Grant - Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
$20,000
www.rcfp.org

Student Press Law Center

Washington, DC
Active Voice
$10,000
www.splc.org

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