June 1, 2023

8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. ET

KQED Headquarters

2601 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

This is a funder-only gathering. 
  • About Day 1: The 2023 Media Impact Forum—Stories of Community

    Join us for our annual showcase of inspiring and change-making media, and hear from the media makers and journalists creating change on the local level—and from the funders supporting that change.


    The 2023 Media Impact Forum will focus on uplifting voices from the news outlets and media organizations that are deeply rooted in community. Uniquely positioned to reflect local concerns and surface appropriate solutions, media that’s created in and reflective of the communities it serves plays a vital role in our information ecosystem, providing the means for cultural expression, discussion, and debate.

  • About Day 2: Funders in Community and Collaboration

    Can you stay in San Francisco an extra day?


    On Friday, June 2—one day after the Media Impact Forum—MIF will be hosting funder-only breakout groups/discussions at the offices of the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). We will be organizing two separate working sessions for our journalism funders and for our documentary film funders.

    Journalism Funders Working Session

    In recent months, some of the largest funders in journalism have convened to discuss efforts to catalyze more funding for news and information. These funders have been working to identify the most valuable opportunities to stimulate financial resources for local news. Throughout the day, we will discuss strategies to advance these ongoing initiatives.

    Throughout the day, funders will have the opportunity to participate in different tracks related to journalism:

    • Solutions to the crisis in local news
    • Challenges and opportunities facing international journalism funders, including duty of care, supporting independent journalism in non-democratic countries, and cross-border journalism collaborations
    • Grappling with the impact of technology—including AI, misinformation and disinformation, and ATSC 3.0—and its relationship to journalism


    Documentary Funders Working Session

    This is an exciting and turbulent time for nonfiction storytelling, amid shifts in both the form of documentary and the field itself. There is rapid growth of independent field infrastructure, alongside opportunities and challenges presented by consolidation of the distribution landscape. Documentaries are trusted source of information and increasing their role in society, politics and culture, becoming flashpoints in culture wars in the process. And the documentary field is leading the way in conversations around community-centered ethics and accountability relevant across all media. Join the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation | JustFilms, and the Perspective Fund for a deep dive into these emergent topics. Come away with ideas for collaboration and alignment in service of proactively championing the independent and equity-focused storytellers in this high-stakes moment and for the long-term.

  • 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.

    Register Now

    Questions? Email info@mediafunders.org.

  • Cost

    In-person: Members: $300 Non-members: $400 Livestream: Members: $150 Non-members: $200

    Register Now

    Questions? Email info@mediafunders.org

  • Accessibility

    KQED is an accessible building.

    Media Impact Funders is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion. 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.


    Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Media Impact Forum Planning Committee

    Thanks to the planning committee for their leadership and guidance.

    • Brian Eule, Heising-Simons Foundation

    • Neha Singh Gohil, Hewlett Foundation

    • David Littlefield, California Wellness Foundation

    • Amy Low, Emerson Collective

    • Lauren Pabst, MacArthur Foundation

    • David Rousseau, KFF

    • Jessica Salinas, New Media Ventures

    • Jasmine Sudarkasa, Curve 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.

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    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.


We have an incredible lineup of storytellers, musicians, journalists, and funders. Check out our agenda!


See who’s speaking at the Media Impact Forum.