Press Release

News Match Opens with $3 million in Matching Support for Nonprofit Newsrooms Across the Country

Democracy Fund
October 3, 2017

Washington, DC – This week marks the launch of News Match 2017, a $3 million collaboration between Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support nonprofit news organizations that play a vital role informing the public and holding those in power accountable.

News Match is the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit and investigative news organizations. More than 100 organizations are eligible to receive up to $28,000 each in matching funding for all individual donations up to $1,000. Donors can contribute between now and December 31st at—the first one-stop platform for donating to nonprofit news. Donations can also be made directly to participating newsrooms.

Knight Foundation launched the inaugural News Match in 2016, helping 57 nonprofit news organizations raise more than $1.2 million in match donations. This year, in partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) and the News Revenue Hub, Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation will nearly triple the number of dollars available to more than 100 nonprofit news organizations. The Miami Foundation is serving as fiscal sponsor for the fund. In total, more than $3 million has been pledged to support state and local news, investigative reporting, and engaged journalism.

“We want 2017 to be a record-setting year for donations to news to ensure that innovative, nonprofit newsrooms have the resources they need to deliver high-quality reporting to the communities they serve,” said Josh Stearns, Associate Director for the Public Square program at Democracy Fund. “News Match comes at a time when journalists are facing a perfect storm of economic challenges and political attacks. A robust, independent press is essential to fostering an informed and engaged public and vital for a healthy democracy.”

“At a time when trust in media is at an all-time low, nonprofit journalism organizations are directly connecting with people to understand their needs and concerns, while providing vital news and information to communities across the nation,” Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation Vice President for Journalism. “This initiative will help news organizations that are imperative to our democracy build resources and widen their supporter base, just when they need it most.”

Nonprofit newsrooms depend on donations from their communities to produce public-interest news. In the last two decades newsrooms have lost more than 24,000 jobs. By donating to News Match you can help ensure your community and the issues you care about get the coverage they deserve. News Match organizers are inviting other foundations to join the effort by contributing additional funding, and INN and the News Revenue Hub are providing support for local and regional foundations who want to match donations to newsrooms in their region.

“People are increasingly looking to nonprofit news to fill their information needs,” said Sue Cross, Executive Director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News. “We need to continue that momentum and build an infrastructure that supports organizations that deliver fact-based, nonpartisan, accountable journalism.”

“The accountability and investigative function of journalism is essential for our democracy and it has been under-resourced for many years,” said Kathy Im, Director of Journalism and Media at MacArthur. “News Match endeavors to strengthen a free and independent press and help restore Americans’ faith in the news media.”

Donors can easily find and support trusted reporting in their community and on issues they care about. Organizations participating in News Match 2017:

Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism; Anthropocene Magazine; Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting; Aspen Journalism;; Better Government Association; California Health Report; CALmatters; Capital of Texas Media Foundation; Carolina Public Press; Center for Public Integrity; Center for Responsive Politics (; Center for Sustainable Journalism; Centro de Periodismo Investigativo; Chalkbeat; Charlottesville Tomorrow; City Bureau; City Limits; CivicStory / NJ Arts News; Civil Eats; Connecticut Health Investigative Team, Inc.; Connecticut News Project / Connecticut Mirror; Current; ecoRI News; EdSource Inc. ; Energy News Network / Fresh Energy; Ensia; FairWarning; First Look Media; Florida Bulldog; Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; Food and Environment Reporting Network; Fostering Media Connections; Georgia News Lab; Grist; Highlands Current Inc.; Honolulu Civil Beat; Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance; inewsource; Injustice Watch; InsideClimate News; Institute for the New Food Economy; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; InvestigateWest; Investigative Post; Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University School of Communication; Iowa Center for Public Affairs; Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Maryland Matters; Inc.; Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service; MinnPost; Mississippi Today; Mother Jones; NC Health News; New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University; New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism; New Mexico In Depth Inc. ; Next City; NJ Spotlight; Northern Kentucky Tribune; NOWCastSA; Oklahoma Watch; Orb Media; Philadelphia Public School Notebook; Pine Tree Watch/ Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; PolitiFact; ProPublica; PublicSource; Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Religion News Foundation; Rocky Mountain Public Media; Rivard Report; San Francisco Public Press; San Juan Independent; Scalawag; Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University; Searchlight New Mexico; Solitary Watch; St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU; Texas Tribune, Inc.; The Austin Bulldog; The Center for Investigative Reporting; The Center for Michigan; The Colorado Independent; The Crime Report; The Hechinger Report; The Hummel Report; The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute; The Lens; The Marshall Project; The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; The Seattle Globalist; The Trace; The War Horse;; Voice of OC; Voice of San Diego; Voices of Monterey Bay; VTDigger; Washington Monthly; Wausau Pilot and Review; WBUR; WFYI Public Media; WHYY, Inc.; Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; WyoFile; Youth Radio; 100Reporters; 365 Media Foundation

All news organizations participating in News Match must be 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 for more information.

About Democracy Fund:

The 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 $60 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit

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

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

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 U.S. INN is the only organization in the U.S. specifically focused on supporting the emerging nonprofit news sector. For more, visit

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

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

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