May 21 & 22, 2024

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 10th Floor
165 West 65th St.
New York, NY 10023

This is a funder-only gathering. 
  • About the 2024 Media Impact Forum

    The 2024 Media Impact Forum is a special two-day gathering on May 21 & 22 that centers the most pressing issues and exciting solutions in media philanthropy today.

    Programming at a glance:

    May 21: Funders will experience a showcase of some of the field’s most innovative and impactful projects, and will have ample networking time to reconnect with colleagues old and new.

    May 22: We’ll make space for funders to dig into their work with focused facilitated discussions. Funders will be able to choose from one of three discussion tracks:

    • Climate-focused media & journalism
    • International journalism
    • Local journalism


    Check back soon for more information on the agenda and speakers as we continue to shape this two-day program.

  • Cost

    Funders can participate in person or via livestream. Livestream participants will receive further instructions for joining the livestream a week prior to the event.

    Members: $600 | Non-members: $800

    Members: $125 | Non-members: $150

  • Accessibility

    The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse is an accessible space.

    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 if there is a barrier to your participation or if you need to share additional access needs.

  • Can you 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, at to get started.

    Special thanks to the Joyce, Lumina, Knight, Skoll, Colorado Health and Walton Family foundations for sponsoring the 2024 Media Impact Forum.

    Download our sponsorship packet.


  • Health & safety

    We’re asking all attendees to take precautions to keep each other safe. If you feel unwell before the Media Impact Forum, please do not attend. (Remember: We have a livestream option!) If you feel unwell onsite, while programming is under way, we ask that you halt your participation.

    We encourage you to take a COVID test the day you arrive.

    Masks are optional. For anyone who’d like to wear one, they’ll be available at the registration desk.

    If public health guidelines change for any reason, and we need to implement additional measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we will notify you of any changes to our protocols.

  • Photography and video

    Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By attending this event, you consent to your image/likeness, voice, and/or name being used in photographs and/or film, and any reproductions or adaptations thereafter, by Media Impact Funders to use in any and all print and digital media in perpetuity.

    If you do not wish to be photographed and/or filmed, please contact Nina Sachdev, Director of Communications, at

  • 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 Media Impact 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 attending the Media Impact Forum 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.

Sessions & Speakers

The agenda is shaping up! Check out our confirmed speakers so far:

  • David Boardman, Dean of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communications at Temple University
  • Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that reports on the U.S. criminal justice system to make it more fair, effective, transparent and humane.
  • David Byrne, artist, musician and Founder of Reasons to be Cheerful, a nonprofit online magazine that tells stories that reveal a surprising number of reasons to feel cheerful.
  • Nicholas Ma, award-winning writer, director and producer who is currently directing “Leap of Faith,” a forthcoming documentary film about twelve Christian pastors from all walks of life who are brought together to learn about living across difference.
  • Hillary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Programs at the Ford Foundation.
  • Tony Richardson, President of The George Gund Foundation.
  • Haruka Sakaguchi, a Japanese documentary photographer whose work focuses on cultural identity and intergenerational trauma.
  • Liz Simons, Board chair of the Heising-Simons Foundation and The Marshall Project.
  • Alison Stewart, journalist, author and host of All of It with Alison Stewart, a live radio show on WNYC about culture and the culture in and around New York City.
  • Henry Timms, President and CEO of Lincoln Center.