Tag Archives: Education

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 sexual violence on campuses that has the potential to take activism to a new level, especially among philanthropists and lawmakers. Read more


Funded by: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

StoryCorps is the acclaimed American oral history project which is helping the country recognize the power and value in the stories we find all around us, teaching the importance of listening and helping us realize that every story counts and every life matters equally. StoryCorps shares select interviews of everyday Americans with the nation over public radio, public television, books and new media. Read more

Funder Rebellion — PopTech Reflections

Media Impact Funders recently went to Camden, Maine for PopTech 18 — Rebellion. We convened a small group of funders and made our way to that very rainy and quaint coastal village for an exploration of media innovation, especially as it relates to the conference theme of rebellion and its place in social change. Read more

Media Impact Forum: Community News Reimagined

Collaboration and invention were key concepts for the mid-afternoon sessions at the June 4 Media Impact Forum, which honed in on how cross-platform public media initiatives are filling holes in local news and healthcare coverage and influencing audiences and policymakers. Read more

Media Impact Forum: Remaking Public Media

Retooling public broadcasting for a digital, participatory age has been a significant area of focus for many media funders over the past decade. On June 3-4, our Media Impact Forum at the Kaiser Foundation’s DC-based Barbara Jordan Conference Center explored how “public media” is expanding to include an array of new platforms and partners, with an increasing focus on impact.

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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 more

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, hope, anger and change against the backdrop of staggering job and populations losses; a dramatic “downsizing” of an American city; and cuts to basic services. Following the award we had a lively discussion with the filmmakers, J. Mikel Ellcessor, General Manager of WDET, Rahsaan Harris, Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, moderated by Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Documentary Film Program. Read more