Our History


Our First Website

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media announces the launch of the GFEM Media Database, the first website to help funders across all issue areas support and use media to broaden impact and reach new populations.


Meet Our Executive Director

Vince Stehle, with his expertise as a media consultant with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and program director at the Surdna Foundation, joins GFEM as executive director.

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Introducing Impact Assessment

Launched Assessing Impact of Media (AIM) initiative to study and track impact tools and frameworks.

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Mapping the Fields of Media and Philanthropy

Launched the Media Grants Data Map, a free, interactive mapping and research tool developed in collaboration with the Foundation Center that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Introducing the Media Impact Forum

Held the first annual Media Impact Forum, which brought together funders from across the country with media makers and analysts to share insights about the field's most influential projects and trends. We come together for a day of inspiring media presentations and dialogue, and the chance to network with peers to deepen learning and spark collaboration.

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MIF Keeps Growing

Has 80+ organizational and individual members

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