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.
MIF receives $300,000 grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to grow its network of journalism funders
Media Impact Funders (MIF)—which advances and catalyzes the work of a diverse range of funders committed to media that informs, engages and inspires—has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the goals of its Journalism Funders Network. A diverse group of philanthropy organizations working in journalism and media, the Journalism […]
The 2020 Media Impact Forum
This is where you’ll find recaps of each our Media Impact Forum sessions, happening Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 25. This year’s Media Impact Forum is paying specific attention to environmental media and the need for our decisions to be centered around protecting our planet and its natural resources. After each session, we’ll load […]
COVID-19 funding resources
Media Impact Funders is tracking funding resources specific to COVID-19. This resource references funding opportunities initiated by funders for inspiration to other funders, as well as potential collaboration opportunities between funders. We’ll keep adding to this spreadsheet as more resources become available. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of a collaboration, initiative, fund or […]