• Topics

  • Categories

WATCH: Funding environmental journalism—the landscape, best practices & new projects

This month’s journalism webinar marked the second in a series exploring innovative ways to fund reporting on science, health and the environment. This time, we looked at the field of environmental reporting and heard about successful partnerships and scalable models.

We are the cure

Grant Oliphant | President, The Heinz Endowments Early in Fiddler on the Roof, the character Tevye asks God, “Send us the cure. We’ve got the sick-ness already.” On Saturday both sickness and cure came home to my neighborhood of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh. The sickness came, as the entire country now knows and will too […]

MIF announces 3 new members to its board of directors

Media Impact Funders is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our board of directors: Kaitlin Yarnall, senior vice president of Media Innovation at the National Geographic Society; and Tim Isgitt, managing director of Humanity United; and Carmen Lee, communications officer with The Heinz Endowments. Yarnall and Isgitt, whose appointments begin in […]

Funders turn fresh attention to diversity in media in troubling times

The recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has thrust racist ideas into the national conversation in ways Americans haven’t experienced before. Of course, tensions around race relations in the U.S. have been steadily building over the past few years, with high-profile protests around police shootings and a resurgence in hate groups. Intolerance in the streets has mirrored […]

Crossing the abyss

Grant Oliphant | President, The Heinz Endowments A common aphorism has it that “one man with courage is a majority.” Most of us instinctively don’t believe that. Most of us think one man standing athwart the tide makes for a powerful photo but a predictably tragic ending.

Silence

By Grant Oliphant | President, The Heinz Endowments Lately I have found myself stupefied into virtual silence. And I know, from speaking with many colleagues and many of you reading this, that I am not alone.

The role of philanthropy in changing police culture

Editor’s note: Last week, following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and then five police officers at the tail end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration, Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, wrote a poignant piece about the responsibility we have in our field to bear witness to these unspeakably tragic events. […]

Heinz Endowments funds indoor air quality monitor to help reduce potential health risks

By Megha Satyanarayana  | Originally from h Magazine As Judy McAuley chats with customers at her baby supply store, a small white box on the counter flashes numbers on its digital display: 20, 19, 21. The customers at Happy Baby Company stop to look before paying for natural teething necklaces, cloth diapers and BPA-free baby bottles. The […]

The (New) Power of Partnerships and Listening

The Center for Effective Philanthropy held its Leading Effective Foundations conference in San Francisco last month, convening more than 300 foundation executives and thought leaders in the nonprofit sector. Among featured speakers, Laurene Powell Jobs offered an eye-opening introduction into the innovative work of her Emerson Collective in defending immigrant rights and expanding educational opportunities, […]