Media Impact Funders is tracking funding resources specific to COVID-19. This resource references funding opportunities initiated by funders for inspiration to other funders, as well as potential collaboration opportunities between funders.
We’ll keep adding to this spreadsheet as more resources become available. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of a collaboration, initiative, fund or response that should be added here.
You’ll also find details about the online discussions we’ve organized for funders to share their response to COVID-19. Funders, if you missed any of these conversations and would like the notes, please email email@example.com.
With the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, journalists are on the frontlines reporting on what citizens need to know to be safe. As such, we hosted a funder-only virtual discussion on these pressing issues and more.
We heard from two journalists about the challenges and experiences newsrooms are facing, and how funders can support them during this crisis. We also heard about a new partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism about a $1 million grant to support U.S. and Canadian local news organizations covering the coronavirus.
Funders had an opportunity to share their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced in supporting COVID-19 reporting.
- Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief of Kaiser Health News
- Samantha Pak, Senior Editor for Sound Publishing’s Eastside publications
- Dorrine Mendoza, Strategic Partner Development, Facebook
April 02 – Supporting local journalism during the pandemic
With the rapidly changing situation caused by COVID-19 and its far-reaching economic disruptions, local journalism needs our support more than ever. We hosted a funder-only discussion on these pressing issues and more.
This discussion was an opportunity for funders to share what their organizations have done and learn about collaborative efforts from their peers.
- Molly De Aguiar, President, Independence Public Media Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors of Media Impact Funders
- Andres Torres, Program Officer, Democracy, McCormick Foundation
- Duane Heyman, Project Manager, Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism
- Teresa Gorman, Senior Program Associate for Local News, Public Square Program, Democracy Fund
- AmyJo Brown, Project Editor, Pittsburgh Media Partnership
- Nathalie Applewhite, Managing Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Devon Terrill, Stanley Foundation
- Danielle DeLuca, Program Manager for Advocacy & Development, Cultural Survivor
- Kaitlin Yarnall, Chief Storytelling Officer, Senior Vice President, National Geographic Society
- Simon Kilmurrary, Executive Director, International Documentary Association (IDA)
- Jennifer Preston, Vice President, Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors of Media Impact Funders
- Joy Lin, Vice President, Journalism, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
April 17 – Continuing MIF Dialogue: Media Philanthropy Responses to COVID
Building on our two previous online discussions on this topic, Media Impact Funders hosted another call to hear about ways our peers responded to critical needs and success stories in COVID-19 coverage and media efforts to adapt to new economic realities.
With the rapidly changing situation caused by COVID-19 and its far-reaching economic disruptions, local journalism needs our support now more than ever before. By this point, many nonprofit news organizations have established substantial efforts to provide life-saving guidance for their communities, as well as aggressive efforts to hold public officials accountable for how they are responding to this health crisis. Of special note, public radio is providing extensive COVID-19 coverage, at the national level by NPR, as well as in many local communities through its network of 265 NPR member stations. Philanthropy is helping these media outlets provide this essential information.
- Katie Brisson and Lenzi Abma of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
- Jon Funabiki of Renaissance Journalism
- Mauricio Palma of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- Anne Avis, board member of KQED
- Feather Houston of the Wyncote Foundation
- Elizabeth Hansen of the Shorenstein Center
- Josh Stearns of Democracy Fund
Building on our three previous online discussions on this topic, Media Impact Funders and the Journalism Funders Forum hosted a call to hear about ways international philanthropies are responding to critical needs and success stories in COVID-19 coverage and media efforts to adapt to new economic realities.
This discussion was an opportunity for funders to share what their organization are doing and learn about collaborative efforts from their peers.
- Sameer Padania of Macroscope
- Nishant Lalwani from Luminate
- Rasmus Nielsen of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
- Alex Jakana from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Nienke Venema from Stichting Democratie en Media
- Nathalie Applewhite of Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Jeanne Bourgault of Internews
May 14 – Supporting documentary films & storytelling during the COVID-19 pandemic
Building on our four previous online discussions on this topic, Media Impact Funders in partnership with the International Documentary Association and Doc Society hosted a call to hear about ways funders are responding to support filmmakers and storytellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations we heard from:
- Doc Society
- Ford Foundation
- International Documentary Association
- National Geographic Society
- MacArthur Foundation
- Participant Media
- The Redford Center
- Sundance Institute