June 1, 2022

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. ET

National Geographic Society

1145 17th St.
Washington, D.C.

This is a funder-only gathering. 
  • About the 2022 Media Impact Forum: Stories for Justice

    The 2022 Media Impact Forum will showcase media and dialogue about the ways in which funders can support storytelling as a powerful lever in the fight for equal justice.

    Storytelling can make injustice more visible and more visceral, and it can create pathways for deeper understanding and empathy. It can also uplift communities and mobilize and empower them to take action. Funders, journalists and media makers can expand their toolkit for driving social change with more innovative ways to support, create and disseminate stories reflective of the communities most impacted by injustice.

  • Ways to Participate

    The Media Impact Forum is an in-person event, but we will have a livestream available for those who choose to attend remotely. You will be sent further instructions for joining the livestream once you register.

    Questions? Email info@mediafunders.org.

  • Cost

    Members: $200 Non-members: $250

    Questions? Email info@mediafunders.org

  • Health & Safety

    Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required to attend this event. Masks may be required depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 at the time of the event.

    Questions? Email info@mediafunders.org

  • Accessibility

    The National Geographic Society is an accessible building.

    Please email info@mediafunders.org if there is a barrier for your participation or if you need to share additional access needs.

  • Hotel Accommodations

    We are not securing a room block for this event, but there are plenty of hotel options nearby.

  • Sponsor the Media Impact Forum

    Your support helps us serve our growing network of funders who care about effective use of media, and the programs we create to serve them. Demonstrate your commitment to media in the public interest by supporting our efforts to catalyze innovation at the intersection of media and philanthropy.

    Email Courtney Eshleman, Director of Development & Member Engagement, at courtney@mediafunders.org.

  • Media Impact Forum Planning Committee

    Thanks to the planning committee for their leadership and guidance.

    • Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society

    • Angelica Das, Democracy Fund

    • Courtney Bengtson, Wichita Community Foundation

    • Shawn Mooring, Lenfest Institute for Journalism

    • Megan Gelstein, Catapult Film Fund

    • Sadia Zaman, Inspirit Foundation

    • David Nassar, John Templeton Foundation

  • About the Media Impact Forum

    We've been hosting the Media Impact Forum since 2013 with the purpose of bringing funders together to network, deepen learning and spark collaboration. This is special because funders of journalism, documentary and other media seldom cross paths in their everyday work. The Forum provides a wonderful opportunity to come together for a day of inspiring media presentations and to stay up to date on current trends, issues and opportunities facing the field.

    Funders will have the opportunity to:

    • Focus on the critical issues facing media philanthropy today

    • Dissect your media strategy with your peers

    • Hear inspiring stories of high-impact media, the strategies behind them and the funders who made them happen

    • Expand your network by networking with funders who represent national, place-based, and community foundations from across the country.


The 2022 Media Impact Forum: Stories for Justice will showcase media and dialogue about the ways in which funders can support storytelling as a powerful lever in the fight for equal justice.  The schedule will continue to be updated as more sessions are confirmed.


Here’s our lineup for the day.