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Foundation Maps for Media Funding: Introducing a new tool for unlocking the power of media grants data

Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center Announce New Mapping Tool for Media and Philanthropy

2016 Media Impact Festival Case Studies

Since 2014, Media Impact Funders has been showcasing the work of producers dedicated to creating documentaries in the public interest through our annual Media Impact Festival. This year, we are celebrating the power of interactive technologies to deepen the relationship between news and documentary projects and their audiences. Our 2016 selections — celebrated at our annual […]

Collaborate with a nonprofit news outlet, win a Pulitzer

Several nonprofit news organizations—including past winners and new entrants—are celebrating this week with the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists.

Effective Communications and Creating Momentum for Social Change

By Vince Stehle |Originally posted on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog Foundations are in the business of making the world a better place. Preserving the environment, reducing violence, and improving education are a few examples among the many philanthropic objectives that foundations may pursue. But are we applying ourselves as effectively as we might?

Film on Campus Rape Could Take Philanthropy Activism to a New Level

Originally published in Philanthropy.com The signs of an avalanche were stirring at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, one that could have especially strong reverberations for everyone who is concerned about promoting social change — including activists, donors, and fundraisers. That low rumble you hear comes from the premiere of The Hunting Ground, a film about […]

Outrage Over Garner and Brown Cases Should Keep Philanthropy Focused on Criminal Justice

Originally posted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy The streets of Ferguson, Mo., New York City, and many other cities across the nation have been overflowing with protests for the past month in reaction to grand-jury decisions not to indict police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The New Jim Crow: The Role of Books in Leveraging Social Change

By Diane Wachtell, Executive Director of The New Press Books and films offer their creators entrée into a range of media — and access to new audiences — that are not available to those without such platforms.

Race, Justice and Media – A Special Event Report

On November 20, 2014, as the world waited for the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, Media Impact Funders and The Atlantic Philanthropies hosted a conversation on race, justice and media with philanthropic leaders and media makers. The event was designed to explore how media is changing public opinion and policy on multiple criminal justice […]

What Can Media Funders Learn from #Ferguson?

“Soon the television cameras will get packed up,” reflected Alex Altman for Time the day after Michael Brown’s funeral, “leaving a town that has become the latest shorthand for America’s racial divide to figure out how to translate the energy, intensity and anger of the past two weeks into concrete change.”

MIFocus: AIM and Shoot Zooms in On Impact, Photography

“Photography has a special capacity to serve the public interest,” Media Impact Funders Executive Director Vince Stehle told attendees at the March 5 Media Impact Focus event, AIM and Shoot. And who could imagine a better venue to explore this topic than the Skylight Studios of the Annenberg Space for Photography?

Media Impact Focus: AIM and Shoot

On March 5 we continued the discussion of cutting-edge impact analysis methods we began last November, and added documentary photography to the list of topics covered. Read the storify from the day. We heard from leading funders and media makers from the National Geographic Society, Open Society Foundations, Participant Media, and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, among others, to […]

Media Events at COF Annual Conference

Read our Storify covering our events in Chicago. We kicked off our Chicago visit with a celebration of the Henry Hampton Award winning film, DETROPIA,  featuring filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, with award presentation by director Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch). DETROPIA is a requiem for the death and rebirth of a great American city and explores resilience, […]