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. 
  • Agenda

    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.

    See the agenda for May 21.

    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

    See the agenda for May 22.

  • Ways to Participate

    Attendees can participate in person or via livestream.

    The Media Impact Forum is an in-person event, but for those who choose to attend remotely, we will have a livestream available for the mainstage programming on May 21 and for the Next Challenge Awards Celebrations on May 22 from 5-6 p.m ET. Funder discussions on May 22 will NOT be livestreamed.

    You will be sent further instructions for joining the livestream once you register.

  • Cost

    Members receive a discount on tickets to the 2024 Media Impact Forum.

    Members: $600 | Non-members: $800

    Members: $125 | Non-members: $150

  • Refund/Cancellation Policy

    Media Impact Funders is committed to providing exceptional experiences for all attendees of our events. We understand that circumstances may change, and you may find yourself unable to attend.

    We strive to accommodate our attendees to the best of our ability while also managing the resources necessary for hosting successful events.


    Instead of requesting a refund for your ticket, we invite you to consider the following options:
    1. Turn your ticket cost into a powerful contribution that will directly impact MIF’s mission, work and initiatives. 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.
    2. Transfer your ticket to a colleague at your organization. Just let us know the name and email of your colleague!


    Refund/Cancellation Policy
    • Registration requests made on or before April 2, 2024, will receive a full refund (minus $55 processing fees).
    • Registration requests made after April 2 through April 21 will receive partial refund of 50% of your ticket cost (minus a $55 processing fee).
    • We are unable to offer refunds on or after April 22, 2024.
    • Refunds will not be provided for virtual-only registrations.
    • Refunds will be processed within 3-5 business days after approval.


    Please contact MIF Director of Development Courtney Eshleman at to convert your ticket cost into a donation, transfer your ticket to a colleague, or to request a refund.
  • 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 following sponsors of the 2024 Media Impact Forum.

    Download our sponsorship packet.

    MIForum 2024 Sponsors


  • 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.