January 2024—
12:00 pm—1:00 pm

Zoom online meeting

This is a funder-only meeting.

How can news leaders and funders work together to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the journalism industry?

In this member briefing organized in partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), Inasmuch Foundation, The Joyce Foundation and the Pivot Fund, INN will share key findings from its latest DEI Index Report, which draws on survey responses and interviews with INN Network members to explore how DEI is reflected in the nonprofit news sector’s staffing and leadership, operations, engagement with underserved communities, and revenue patterns. Like the INN Index, the DEI Index Report aims to serve as a useful resource for the field, contributing to a much larger effort among journalists, researchers, funders and others to illuminate, discuss, innovate, and challenge the way DEI is and can be better reflected in the news industry.

This session will provide an overview of the research methodology of the DEI Index and key findings, as well as a discussion with newsroom leaders to share their experiences and observations on what’s needed to support DEI in news. We hope to provide ample room for questions and dialogue, creating space for a nuanced exchange around the current state of DEI in the nonprofit news sector and what funders and other stakeholders can do to support and sustain progress going forward.

You’ll hear from:
  • Moumita Chakraborty, Director of Institutional Giving, Institute for Nonprofit News
  • Susanna Dilliplane, Independent Consultant
  • Vandana Kumar, President & CEO, India Currents
  • Shamus Toomey, Publisher & Co-Founder, Block Club Chicago
  • Moderator: Alicia Bell, Director of the Racial Justice in Equity Fund, Borealis Philanthropy


This member briefing is organized in partnership with The Institute for Nonprofit News, Inasmuch Foundation, The Joyce Foundation and The Pivot Fund.

The Institute for Nonprofit News seeks to build a nonprofit news network that ensures all people in every community have access to trusted news. Since 2009, the INN Network has grown from 27 to more than 425 newsrooms. Members are held to INN standards of independence, editorial excellence, and transparency as a promise to their communities. INN provides critical infrastructure to support our member organizations and promote the value of public service journalism, including journalism philanthropy. We also produce the annual INN Index, the definitive measure of trends and opportunities in nonprofit news, which is used by a diverse array of stakeholders to inform their work and advance the field.

Inasmuch Foundation: Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord in 1982, Inasmuch Foundation supports charitable causes that enhance the progress and quality of life for all Oklahomans, particularly vulnerable children and families. Today, the foundation continues Edith’s rich legacy, connecting the community for good by championing journalism, education, human services, and community-focused initiatives.

The Joyce Foundation is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy that invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. It supports policy research, development, and advocacy in Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, the Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, and Journalism.

The Pivot Fund invests in the future of local news by funding hyperlocal publishers who have earned the trust of the communities of color they serve. These outlets, many in rural areas, often publishing only on social media, and largely unknown to traditional philanthropy, reflect a generational shift in the way people connect with news and information.