October 2022—
18—19
8:30 am—3:00 pm

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This is a funder-only gathering.

Due to a scheduling conflict, we are changing the date of this event to Oct. 18-19 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA.


We’ve come a long way since 2001, when a handful of journalism funders got together to compare notes about the most pressing issues facing journalism and how funders could address them. We hope you’ll join us on Oct. 18-19 to celebrate and reflect on the last 20 years of journalism funders in community, and to co-design the future of journalism. Save the date by registering now, and we’ll be in touch soon with more details on the agenda, speakers, hotel accommodations, and more.

We look forward to seeing you all in person. Here’s what you need to know:WHAT IS J-FUNDERS?This annual gathering, which began 20 years ago, provides an important opportunity to strengthen connections among journalism funders and to provide opportunities for funders to discuss their work and share ideas with one another. WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?We know that funders rely in part on the expertise of other funders. This meeting will help you make connections to peers who are eager to share best practices and lessons learned. By taking a broad view across the field of media funding to include many different types of platforms, issues and philanthropic goals, we are uniquely able to bring funders together around specific topics, connect funders and media makers who might not otherwise cross paths, and in the process, expand the field of journalism funding.WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA?This year’s agenda will feature discussions on new initiatives in the field, innovative funding models, efforts to build and sustain media equity, and more. Stay tuned for more details as we continue to shape this program. In the meantime, see what we discussed at our 2021 gathering.HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?Members (in person): $250 Non-members (in person): $300 WHAT IS THE JOURNALISM FUNDERS NETWORK?MIF’s Journalism Funders Network is a strong and active network of MIF and comprises a diverse constellation of philanthropic organizations. Through convenings, original research reports and field-building activities, we aim to strengthen connections among journalism funders and offer them opportunities to discuss their work among peers. Learn more.CAN YOU HELP SPONSOR THE JOURNALISM FUNDERS GATHERING?Generous sponsorship comes from the Lumina Foundation. Additional support comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation. If you are interested in providing sponsorship, email Courtney Eshleman, MIF’s director of development & member engagement, at courtney@mediafunders.org.

(Please note: Proof of vaccination is required to attend J-Funders. Even though COVID-19 restrictions are easing around the country, we are still monitoring health guidelines. If we decide to cancel the in-person meeting entirely, we’ll all convene remotely as we have been.)