As the world faces extraordinary challenges and ever more interconnected economic, social and communications systems, we know that media plays a key role in addressing and shaping the most pressing issues of our time—making global media philanthropy increasingly important. From supporting local reporting and protecting freedom of expression to improving health through public service radio campaigns and ensuring equitable internet access, media philanthropy impacts which communities have a voice, the quality of available information, and the kinds of stories we share.

Understanding this global media funding landscape is critical for the philanthropic sector. While the funding landscape for U.S.-based philanthropies investing in media is well-documented, the picture for international philanthropy is far less clear.

To help shed some light, we are pleased to share our new report, Global Media Philanthropy: What Funders Need to Know About Data, Trends and Pressing Issues Facing the Field. Written by Sarah Armour-Jones and Jessica Clark, consultants to Media Impact Funders, the research draws on data from our media grants data map, results from a survey of leading organizations engaged in funding media-related projects around the world, analyses of existing literature and reports, and insights offered by experts across a range of media funding issues. The report was produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Highlights include:

  • Data on available global media philanthropy and the need for better data collection;
  • Funder perspectives on their media grantmaking priorities and concerns;
  • The need for greater security measures among media makers and their funders;
  • The power of regional coordination and cooperation in promoting press freedom and open media;
  • The challenges facing independent journalism in India and Africa;
  • The unique funding structures for journalism in Europe; and much more.

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Media Impact Funders traces its roots back to the Council on Foundations, a longtime philanthropy-serving organization. Formerly Grantmakers in Film, Video & Television, MIF began on a volunteer basis in 1984 as an affinity group for funders interested in the power of film to highlight social issues. Reflecting changes in technology and media behavior over the past decade, it was renamed Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM) and formally incorporated in 2008 to advance the field of media arts and public interest media funding. It had 45 members and was headed by former MacArthur Foundation Program Officer Alyce Myatt. GFEM was renamed Media Impact Funders in 2012 and has since expanded its strategy to include a broad range media funding interests such as journalism, immersive technologies, media policy and more. Since that time, MIF has grown to more than 80 organizational members representing some of the largest foundations, and holds more than 40 in-person and online events yearly.