June 2020—
9:00 am—5:00 pm

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
320 E. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10017

This is a funder-only gathering.

We’re excited to announce our 2020 Media Impact Forum, which will take place June 2, 2020, at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York. We hope you’ll join us for this important event. Here’s what you need to know:

We’ve been hosting the Media Impact Forum since 2013 with the purpose of bringing funders together to network, deepen learning and spark collaboration. This is special because funders of journalism, documentary and other media seldom cross paths in their everyday work. The Forum provides a wonderful opportunity to come together for a day of inspiring media presentations and to stay up to date on current trends, issues and opportunities facing the field.

For example, this year’s Forum paid special attention to philanthropy’s role in creating and sustaining crucial connections with communities through new and innovative radio and audio projects. And in 2018, we focused funders’ attention to the special role of science in our national debates, the importance of sharpening the communication of science, and broader issues about understanding how and when communications and storytelling make a difference.

In keeping with our strategic objective to focus our programming on climate change and the environment, our upcoming Forum will focus on philanthropy’s role in amplifying media’s efforts to address this increasingly urgent global crisis.

The media, for its part, has an incredible opportunity to give the topic more prominence in political debates, the 2020 presidential election, and beyond. And philanthropy can play a pivotal role in shifting behavior and awareness. We believe that regardless of your programmatic focus, climate change must now be a through line for all of our work moving forward.

After undergoing a yearlong strategic planning process to help us better serve the growing fields of media and philanthropy, we have decided to implement a member and non-member fee. Find all the details on the registration page.
Members: $250
Non-members: $300

Westgate New York Grand Central
304 East 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10017
(Less than 5-minute walk to the Ford Foundation)

We’ve secured a room block from June 1-3 at a rate of $340 per night for a queen, and $360 per night for a double. Book by May 1, 2020, to take advantage of this special rate. New York can be expensive in June, so we encourage you to book your room as soon as possible.