This category includes articles about nonprofit organizations and NGOs that are actively working to accomplish a social mission. The work of foundations that primarily work as grantors to other nonprofits is covered in Philanthropy.
This category includes articles about nonprofit organizations and NGOs that are actively working to accomplish a social mission. The work of foundations that primarily work as grantors to other nonprofits is covered in Philanthropy.
First Museum donors provide new gift to support the institution’s capital expansion projects, completion of its New Orleans campus
Press Release – NEW ORLEANS (February 19, 2019) – New York’s Peter and Mary Kalikow – the first donors in the history of The National D-Day Museum – have pledged an additional $1 million to the institution now known as The National WWII Museum to support its $400 million Road to Victory Capital Campaign, which funds the campus expansion. The Capital Campaign, which also supports exhibit design and fabrication, endowment, and ongoing digitization efforts, has raised over $345 million towards its goal.
Peter Kalikow – whose father was a WWII veteran with the US Marine Corps – is the family’s third generation president of H.J. Kalikow & Company, LLC, one of New York’s leading real estate firms. Through an initial gift of $50,000 in 1990, Peter Kalikow helped realize Stephen Ambrose’s dream of creating a museum dedicated to Americans who served on D-Day in Normandy. The early donation represented critical seed money for opening the doors of The National D-Day Museum in 2000.
“In 1990, after Stephen Ambrose hatched the Museum concept, and we were both trying to figure out how to get started, Peter Kalikow was the only person willing to risk $50,000 to pay for a modest feasibility study to test our idea,” said Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, Founding President & CEO, who worked alongside his friend Ambrose to develop the Museum and continues to serve in an emeritus role. “That took courage. In those early days, most thought we were just two crazy historians with an impossible dream.”
The Kalikow family’s additional support for preservation of oral histories in the Eisenhower Center Peter Kalikow World War II-era Collection at the University of New Orleans also provided an invaluable resource for the Museum’s research and publications work. The Museum manages the collection.
Today, The National WWII Museum spans five pavilions featuring several permanent exhibits, which now tell the complete story of America’s road to war and the fight to secure freedom overseas. Permanent exhibits include The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front, Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and the institution’s original exhibit The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, which recently reopened to the public after undergoing renovations.
“It is my sincere hope that our most recent donation to the Museum will help ensure a successful continuation and expansion of the physical campus,” said Peter Kalikow. “It is imperative that our succeeding younger generations have a permanent place to visit and witness the loyalty, the pain and the sacrifices made by what was truly the Greatest Generation. My wife Mary and I are proud that our contribution will support the final push towards the completion of a world-class facility.”
When complete in 2021, the Museum’s campus will have quadrupled in size since its opening. The Bollinger Canopy of Peace – a 150-foot-high architectural structure – will rise above the institution and become an iconic element on the New Orleans skyline. Additional expansion plans include The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, an elegant property that will feature 230 guest rooms and more than 18,000 square feet of conference space to support the institution’s expanding visitation and educational programs; the Hall of Democracy pavilion, which will house academic and outreach programs as well as additional exhibit and retail space; and the Liberation Pavilion, focusing on end-of-war and postwar experiences, as well as the war’s meaning for citizens today.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. The 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards ranks the Museum No. 3 in the nation and No. 8 in the world. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.
Press Release – Stockholm, Sweden, February 18, 2019 – Bluewater, a world leader in drinking water technologies and solutions for homes, commercial operations and public dispensers, today published a white paper jointly with Portugal’s leading science-led Mirpuri Foundation detailing how plastics pollution may be having a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of people around the planet.
The white paper – entitled ‘The Global Plastic Calamity’ – details how the unmitigated pollution of the planet’s oceans, land, and air by throwaway plastic that is breaking down into microplastic particles found increasingly in the water we drink and the food we eat is releasing thousands of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are believed to be behind a worrying rise in multiple illnesses.
“There is now solid scientific evidence that so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDC’s, now commonplace in the natural environment as a result of plastic pollution, are blocking the natural function of hormones,” said Dr Ivone Mirpuri, one of Europe’s leading specialists in hormonal modulation – how hormones play a pivotal role in regulating the body’s systems.
Dr. Mirpuri described EDC’s as the ‘No1 threat’ to humankind on an extinction level as they are now pervasively found in the food we eat and the tap and bottled water we drink and wash with.
She added that her research and observations as a hormonal modulation specialist has confirmed that chemicals in plastic have triggered rising levels of abnormal development and illnesses over the past five decades, ranging from stunted fertility and male/female sex malformations to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart attacks and cognitive, behavioral and other brain-related problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADH).
“The United Nations says the unmitigated use of plastics has put the planet on ‘the edge of a global plastic calamity’. And it is clear from the research spotlighted in the White Paper that by messing with human hormones we are messing with the health and wellbeing of all living creatures,” said Bluewater CEO and founder Bengt Rittri, a leading environmental entrepreneur.
Mr. Rittri founded Bluewater in 2013 with the mission to deliver pure water to everyone in a sustainable way that ended the need for single-use plastic bottles and their polluting transportation over long distances. In a call for action, Bengt Rittri added: “For the sake of human and planetary health we need as individuals to cut our consumption of single-use plastics from packaging to bottles or face the worst of outcomes for future generations.”
Hormones control every function in our body. This includes blood pressure, heartbeat, blood sugar, fertility, immune function, mood and emotions, quality of sleep, body water content, for example (Source: https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones)
There are more than 85,000 manufactured chemicals, of which thousands may be EDCs found in plastics and other consumer products. Another group of chemicals linked to hormone disruption, phthalates, are found in personal care products such as cosmetics, children’s products, food packaging and medical tubing. (Source: Endocrine Society. “Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 September 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160920130828.htm)
A study by a research team at US lobbying group Orb Media found ‘a single bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles.’ Tests by Orb Media on more than 250 bottles from 11 brands reveal contamination by plastics such as polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). (Source: https://orbmedia.org/stories/plus-plastic/multimedia)
About Mirpuri Foundation
The Mirpuri Foundation was established by its President Paulo Mirpuri with the commitment to make the world a better place for future generations. The non-profit organization partners with governments, businesses, communities, and individuals to address a range of projects in Marine Conservation, Wildlife Preservation, Aerospace, Medical Research, Performing Arts and Social Responsibility. Earth and ocean sustainability have been granted special attention and Mirpuri Foundation has put into practice several campaigns to raise awareness towards current challenges and emerging threats.
Bluewater harnesses patented technology to deliver enhanced water quality in a world where tap water taste and safety can no longer be taken for granted. Our technology delivers water for homes, commercial operations and public dispensers that is free of bacteria, toxic metals, pharmaceutical and chemical residues, micro-plastics and limescale.
Bluewater is a world leading water purification company with its global headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Bluewater innovates, manufactures and comercializes compact water purifiers for residential, business and public use that harness the company’s patented reverse osmosis technology to remove virtually all pollutants from tap water, including lead, bacteria, pesticides, medical residues, chlorine and lime-scale. Please visit us at www.bluewatergroup.com
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Where You Live Should Not Determine If You Live: Komen Chicago Uses Powerful Evening to Ensure Quality Care for All
Press Release – CHICAGO (February 2019): Over the last 22 years, Komen Chicago has raised over $17.5 million to reduce the grave impact of breast cancer, a diagnosis that 15 Chicago women will receive each day, with the mortality rate being 40 percent higher for African Americans. To ensure all women have access to early detection, which is the key to survival, hundreds of supporters congregated on Friday, February 8 at McCormick Place for Komen Chicago’s pre-event private reception at the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity annual black-tie fundraiser that raised over $2.8 million for 18 local nonprofit organizations.
Guests of the sought-after reception were welcomed to an enchanting oasis, designed by Emily Mackie of Inspired Interiors, that allowed people to imagine a world without breast cancer. With walls lined with a daring display of clear scan mammogram artwork from actual survivors, all African American women, and beautiful furniture, cherry blossom trees and a sprinkle of lights gracing the entirety of the space, the room created a powerful statement that represents the beauty of survivorship. Highlights of Mackie’s visual experience included:
“By creating a space that enabled breast cancer patients to envision life without the disease, I hoped to offer a vision of hope for these brave women,” says Emily Mackie, Founder of Inspired Interiors.
To top off this remarkable evening, Komen Chicago united several of Chicago’s bravest and boldest community leaders and notable personalities to draw increased awareness to the non-profit’s impact on fueling global research and funding community grants for this crucial cause. In addition to VIP early-access to the Auto Show, guests were treated to an elegant reception and inspiring remarks from emcee Val Warner, co-host of ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE, a keynote address from Cheryle Jackson, breast cancer survivor and influential activist, and a meet-and-greet with Israel Idonije, longtime Komen supporter and former Chicago Bear. Komen Chicago is confident that their recognition and support will help bring the organization one step closer to the goal of reducing breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026.
“We want to thank our partners who brought this exceptional evening to life, as funds raised from the event will help expand access to critical preventive and treatment services for those most in need” says Bailey. “We are extremely proud of the strides made thus far, Komen Chicago will continue working tirelessly to achieve health equity and realize our vision to live in a world without breast cancer.”
About Susan G. Komen Chicago:
Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find cures. Susan G. Komen Chicagoland is the local source for funding programs that provide breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in a five-county service area. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants, and dedicates the remaining 25 percent to national research to find a cure, with a bold goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.
100% Commitment to Justice aims to correct historic lack of funding and media coverage and promote feminine leadership that builds power from the ground up
Press Release – Oakland, Calif. — The Solutions Project, which led the charge for 100% clean energy for all, is doubling down on its commitment to feminine leadership and the diversity it nurtures with a pioneering 100% Commitment to Justice. By next year, the grantmaking nonprofit will invest 95 percent of its resources in innovative frontline leadership of color, with at least 80 percent going to organizations led by women. Research consistently links greater diversity of leadership to more successful results, and when it comes to curbing climate change, success is the only option.
“For a challenge as great as climate change, we need everyone on deck — including women and people of color who are leading clean energy efforts on the front lines of climate change, too often without resources or recognition,” said Don Cheadle, award-winning actor, Solutions Project board member, and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. “When people who live every day with the effects of dirty energy and a changing climate draw on that experience to create solutions and drive change, the results can be game-changing.”
The Solutions Project’s groundbreaking new strategy aims to address gender and racial inequities in media coverage and in philanthropy, especially as they relate to climate change. Approximately 95 percent of each year’s $60 billion in U.S. foundation funding goes to organizations led by white people, while 70 to 80 percent goes to organizations led by men. About half of climate funding is concentrated in just 20 organizations, with demographics that match this extreme homogeneity in leadership.
Studies consistently show racial, ethnic and gender diversity leads to greater team performance in decision-making and financial results. Startup company teams with at least one woman performed 63% better than all male teams. And in times of crisis, McKinsey research shows, women employ more of the leadership qualities organizations need, and their organizations perform better during and after crises.
“We challenge our fellow grantmakers — especially climate and clean energy funders — to join us in making philanthropic funding reflect the diversity of American leadership. They can start by pledging at least 10 percent of their funding to groups led by women of color,” said The Solutions Project’s executive director, Sarah Shanley Hope.
“It will be exciting to see how members of the philanthropic community respond to The Solutions Project’s challenge,” said Justin Winters, a Solutions Project board member and executive director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is a Solutions Project funder. “Imagine if communities most harmed by dirty energy and implementing the most innovative climate solutions actually had the resources they need.”
“The Solutions Project was in the front of the pack as the first national organization to call for 100% clean energy for all, and now it’s in the lead again with its 100% Commitment to Justice,” Winters said.
The race and gender disparity in climate and clean energy funding also extends to news coverage. While studies show climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and women, a new analysis by The Solutions Project finds these voices are underrepresented in media coverage of climate and clean energy. The media report finds:
To help remedy the situation, The Solutions Project funds frontline leaders of color and provides media support for diverse leaders who empower communities from the ground up. In New York, for example, PUSH Buffalo’s Rahwa Ghirmatzion engaged neighbors in a low-income community of color to turn an abandoned school into solar-powered affordable housing for seniors and a community center. This was the first solar project in New York to offer discounted energy entirely to low-income subscribers.
“This is energy democracy in action: regular people — working class and low-income — coming together and figuring out how to generate cleaner, healthier energy in their own neighborhood,” Ghirmatzion said. “The Solutions Project understands the importance of getting the word out that no matter what might be going on in Washington, real-world communities are advancing equitable and sustainable economic development powered by clean energy.”
Other grantees of The Solutions Project include the Rev. Leo Woodberry of Florence, S.C., who is engaging community groups across the South in the Justice First movement’s push for 100% clean energy, forest protection and environmental justice. The California Environmental Justice Alliance and its leader, Gladys Limon, are ensuring Sacramento’s commitment to 100% clean electricity by 2045 benefits every California community. Nathaniel Smith and his Partnership for Southern Equity are making sure that equity is at the center of Atlanta’s efforts to meet its commitment to 100% clean energy.
“These leaders embody feminine leadership that emphasizes cooperation, collaboration, empathy, and decisions made from the bottom up rather than top-down directives imposed from on high,” said The Solutions Project’s Hope. “Feminine leadership — practiced by people across the gender spectrum — creates space for all kinds of people to lead. And when it comes to solving climate change, we need everyone at the table.”
“The Solutions Project has a great track record of investing in and amplifying the work of unsung groups led by women and people of color on the front lines of climate change,” said Shamar Bibbins, senior program officer for the environment at The Kresge Foundation and a Philanthropic Trustee of The Solutions Project. “If the 100% Commitment to Justice inspires more foundations to look at diversity in the leaders they fund and see how their funding actually shapes the public narrative in terms of the solutions stories covered by the media, this could make a major difference in our response to the climate crisis.”
Diverse Group of Journalists Embarks on 10 Weeks of Critical Work at the Carey Institute
Press Release – Rensselaerville, N.Y.— The Logan Nonfiction Program is pleased to announce its Spring 2019 class of fellows, a group comprised of 21 celebrated writers, photojournalists and documentary filmmakers from across the world. The class is presently beginning work at the Carey Institute for Global Good on critical long-form investigative articles, books and documentary films.
“We are thrilled to welcome this class of accomplished writers, photojournalists and filmmakers to Rensselaerville,” says Program Manager Carly Willsie. “They build upon the success of our previous Logan fellows, whose body of work is making a deep and lasting impact throughout the world. Long-form, independent nonfiction is more critical than ever and we’re proud to support the creation of this essential work.”
Hailing from six countries, the new class of fellows include Rana Sabbagh, the founder of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)network; award-winning filmmaker Mikaela Shwer, who received a George Foster Peabody Award for her feature documentary, ”Don’t Tell Anyone/No Le Digas a Nadie”; Katherine Corcoran,former AP bureau chief for Mexico and Central America; and renowned photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg, who was a TIME contract photographer for nearly 30 years; among many other accomplished reporters and filmmakers.
The Logan Nonfiction Program supports nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators working on deeply reported projects. The program provides fellows with lodging, meals, professional guidance and community for up to 10 weeks on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre historic estate in upstate New York.
The program brings together diverse applicants working on an array of socially relevant political, health, environmental, human rights and justice topics. Seeking to strengthen democracy and contribute to an engaged and informed public, the Logan Nonfiction Program assembles an inclusive community of fellows at work on projects that ignite constructive dialogue and create sustainable change.
Applications are currently open for the Fall 2019 class of Logan Nonfiction fellows. Long-form nonfiction creators working in all media are encouraged to apply on the Logan website by June 15.
Primary funding for the Logan Nonfiction Program is provided by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by empowering world-changing work in investigative journalism, arts and culture, and documentary film.
Additional foundation support for the fellowship is provided by the Open Society Foundations and the European Journalism Centre.
The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. Polk Carey and is dedicated to building a strong, educated and just society. We provide education, tools and resources to practitioners of the global good to help them succeed. We put practitioners first—teachers, journalists, farmers—because we know that they have the power to change their communities and inspire others to do the same.
Press Release – WeMindTheGap, the charity borne out of Moneypenny today announced that it has received £1.1 million of National Lottery funding from The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery), to increase opportunities for disadvantaged women.
The charity model is a six-month paid traineeship, followed by a further six months of support, as former trainees use their new skills to gain employment, education and a better life in general. The charity aims to help underprivileged young women transition from “prisoners of circumstance” to “pilots of their own lives”.
This grant means that the charity can now grow its core team to set up 16 traineeships in different cities across the country. By 2023, the charity will provide six months’ employment for 160 trainees in 16 different communities, sustain continued support for over 450 graduate trainees as they make their way in the world and work with over 140 local employers.
Co-founder of Moneypenny, Rachel Clacher, is WeMindTheGap’s Founder and Chair. “We saw a real need to address social mobility in our community, and we applied the same ethos that Moneypenny was founded on, to focus on helping young people in need,” said Rachel.
“We strongly believe in doing the right thing, treating people well and providing ongoing support. This is not about ticking boxes, it’s about business and communities. We have proven that public and private partnerships work, and more importantly that under-served young people can achieve real careers and real choices if they have access to the right opportunities. This grant allows us to have the resources to bring those opportunities to so many more young people, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve.”
Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at the National Lottery Community Fund said: “We’re proud that National Lottery funding is helping more young women thrive in their local communities by expanding this successful project. Through coaching and mentoring, WeMindTheGap empowers women to gain the skills they need to gain confidence and full time employment.”
About The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
In Wrexham and Flintshire alone, the National Lottery has awarded around £101m to over 4,600 good causes since it was launched 25 years ago. Charities, community groups, grassroots sports projects, arts organisations, athletes, film makers, and heritage sites have reaped rewards from the funding.
Tax-Deductible Donation Supports Charities that Give Kids a Better Life
Press Release – GRAVETTE, ARK – Feb. 18, 2019 – The national charity sweepstakes for a pair of Bullitt Edition Ford Mustangs is headed toward the finish line with the lucky winner of the 1968 and 2019 model year cars being named on April 16, 2019. The “Mustang Dream Giveaway” is a nationwide drawing sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Home, a charitable organization dedicated to providing a safe and therapeutic living environment for abused, neglected, and displaced children ages 5 to 17 years old. Enthusiasts, collectors and philanthropists have one last chance to win the grand-prize package that includes a restored 1968 Mustang Bullitt restomod and new 2019 Mustang Bullitt Limited Edition, plus $25,000 for taxes.
“This pair of magnificent muscle cars would be the crown jewel of any collection,” said Christopher Phillip, Director of Communications of Dream Giveaway. “They are truly one-of-a-kind Mustangs that will garner enormous attention wherever they go. And best of all, the lucky winner will enjoy their cars knowing that they helped kids find a brighter future.”
New Beginning Children’s Homes (NBCH), the sponsor of this giveaway, is a 501(c)3 provider of family-style long-term residential care. The organization’s mission is to provide foster children with a safe and faith-centered family atmosphere where they can heal, grow, and be loved while working through difficult life issues. In addition to the funding they receive, “Enter To Win” donations to NBCH will also provide grants to several worthwhile charities, including Honor Flight of West Central Florida, National Guard Educational Foundation, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Bright Pink and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
The grand prize includes a pair of spectacular muscle cars.
The first half of the grand prize is a top-tier restored 1968 Mustang Bullitt restomod. This old-school Mustang is powered by a classic 390ci Ford V8 engine pumping out 400 estimated horsepower and featuring a modern five-speed manual transmission with a street performance clutch and flywheel, billet belt-drive system, big brakes and dual four-barrel carburetors. Finished in show-quality metallic green with a black interior, this Mustang comes equipped with a Bullitt-themed engine bay and interior. The muscle car features the finest restomod upgrades available in the world today, including Bullitt callouts on the valve covers and air cleaner, steel inner-fender-panel kit, independent front suspension kit, single-adjustable billet coilovers, polyeye rear coilover suspension, 4-piston brakes, A/C, 3:89:1 rear end and much more.
The second vehicle of the grand prize package is a brand-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt Limited Edition. This car was created by Ford to help celebrate 50 years of the movie “Bullitt.” It is powered by a 480-horsepower Ford 5.0L V8 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The V8 engine sports a high-flowing intake from the Shelby GT350, an open air-filter element, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module recalibration.
This Mustang Bullitt is loaded with all of the content available on the Mustang GT Premium and also includes Brembo six-piston front brakes, a larger rear anti-roll bar and an oversized radiator. This Mustang was built with all four factory-option packages including the Bullitt Technology Package, Magneride Damping System, Recaro sport seats finished with ebony leather and accent stitching, and a full vehicle car cover. Other upgrades include a short-throw shifter, half-shaft upgrade and suspension kit, all specially selected Ford Performance parts.
Entries to win both Mustangs can be made by calling (866) 600-0646 and using the exclusive promo code PL1218M to double the number of tickets or online at www.dreamgiveaway.com/dg/mustang/?promo=PL1218M.
Knight calls on funders and individuals to join effort to rebuild trust in democracy from local level up
Press Release – MIAMI — Feb. 19, 2019 — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced that it would double its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over five years, with a focus on building the future of local news and information, which are essential for democracy to function.
Knight called on individual and institutional funders to join in this opportunity to rebuild trust and foster sustainability in journalism, an essential democratic institution, starting on the local level.
Knight’s initial investments are in scalable organizations committed to serving communities at the local level — all of which are seeking additional support. These organizations are building new business models, strengthening investigative reporting, protecting press freedom, promoting news literacy, and connecting with audiences through civic engagement and technology.
Newsrooms across the nation have been decimated by the collapse of traditional business models brought on by the impact of digital technology and social media, which have drawn readers and advertisers to other information sources on the internet. As a result, many communities have turned into news deserts, with little or no local reporting.
“Without revenue, you can’t pay reporters. Without reporters, you can’t develop consistently reliable news reports about what’s happening in your town. Without that reliable news report, you can’t figure out how to run local government. It isn’t rocket science,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president. “We’re not funding one-offs. We’re rebuilding a local news ecosystem, reliable and sustainable, and we’re doing it in a way that anyone who cares can participate.”
“Reliable news and information are essential for people to make democracy work,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “By investing in projects and people with bold ideas, Knight and others who care about journalism and democracy have the opportunity to reverse years of declining trust and revenues and help build a sustainable future for local news and information in the 21st century.”
The initiative is an effort to find a different, collaborative, digital, local way to reliably inform Americans by supporting national organizations working in partnership on the local level. It further seeks to galvanize support from other funders and individuals across sectors for these organizations; the descriptions below contain links to learn more and support at any level.
Knight’s investments aim to revive vigorous, local, investigative reporting and accountability journalism, largely by supporting national organizations working in partnership at the local level, including:
The initiative also recognizes that today’s journalists, and local news organizations in particular, are less able to pursue legal cases around free speech and freedom of the press due to a lack of resources and support. Knight is making a major investment to tackle this challenge:
In addition, the initiative includes $10 million in support for the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, a partnership with the Lenfest Institute for Journalism announced in September 2018, which established a fund for the digital transformation of local news organizations. The latest Knight investment will support further expanding the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative (formerly “Table Stakes”) within dozens of new communities and establishing a shared resource hub for local news organizations.
Building on Knight’s previous work to address the rapid spread of misinformation and promote accurate news, other investments will support news literacy initiatives, community engagement, and tools that help people become better consumers of news. These include:
Knight is investing an additional $35 million in research to support the creation and expansion of research centers around the United States. This research will study the changing nature of an informed society in America and will help build an emerging field of study to address pressing questions about the health of an informed society and citizenry in the digital age.
Today’s announcement by Knight, the nation’s leading funder of journalism, comes two weeks after the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy —a joint initiative between Aspen Institute and Knight— released a report based on more than a year of work by experts across sectors. It offers recommendations for the press, technology platforms, as well as public and philanthropic actors to rebuild the trust in the media and other democratic institutions calling for: online news services to protect their users; radical transparency from media organizations; and a commitment to civics education. Several recommendations focus on strengthening local news including developing viable nonprofit, hybrid and for-profit local news models, and advancing collaboration among journalism entities at all levels.
As the leading funder of journalism and media innovation in the country, these investments further Knight’s commitment to fostering more informed and engaged communities, which are essential to a healthy democracy.
To learn more on how to get involved in the initiative and support the rebuilding of local news visit: kf.org/localnews.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org.
Funding helps the nonprofit mentoring organization provide after-school mentoring for middle school students in Los Angeles
Press Release – Los Angeles, CA — February 12, 2019 — A grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation was received by Los Angeles Team Mentoring (LATM), Los Angeles’ pioneering non-profit organization guiding middle school students from challenging urban neighborhoods to reach their full potential and develop their leadership skills. The funds will be used to support the TeamWorks program, an after-school program for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, a very critical and formative period in a young adult’s life. The program utilizes a team model to promote positive self-image, build strong peer-to-peer and peer-to-adult relationships, increases school engagement and on-time grade promotion, and emphasizes the importance of teamwork and diversity.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities.
“We are experiencing a continuous trend where the cost of living in Los Angeles is rising dramatically, while comparatively, wages remain stagnated,” says Maria Melton, LATM’S Executive Director. “This has forced many parents to work longer hours outside the home in order to support their family, leaving kids susceptible to negative outside influences and the opportunity to make crucial, potentially life-changing decisions in the absence of adult supervision or guidance. Our program focuses on the critical out-of-school hours (after-school) to ensure students have a safe and structured environment, as well as positive role models, information, and collaboration. We are proud that a recent study conducted by ERC, 3rd party evaluation experts and sole contractor to LAUSD for data gathering and analytics, revealed that 95% of LATM mentees graduate high school, as compared to LA County School District’s rate of 73%. These findings confirm our mentees are moving on to higher education at a higher rate than their peers—and that the impact of our mentoring program remains long after students leave our care. We are grateful to the S. Mark Taper Foundation for supporting these students, and this much needed program, with this extremely generous grant,” adds Ms. Melton. LATM students are between the ages of 10 and 14, with 29% living in a home where no parent/guardian has graduated from high school, 35% living with a single-parent, and 89% of students living in very low-income households.
Since its inception, the organization has impacted the lives of over 27,000 young people through two and a half million hours of after school mentoring. Now in its 27th year, LATM was born out of the 1992 civil unrest, launching its first program at Horace Mann Middle School immediately thereafter, located just three miles from the epicenter of the Los Angeles Riots. Its team-based mentoring model, developed by the Princeton Center for Leadership, was instituted to train and encourage that leadership, the benefits of which have long been helping to modify the effects of gang activity, violence, poverty and high school drop-out rates of young people.
MORE ABOUT LOS ANGELES TEAM MENTORING:
LATM’s core team mentoring model, TeamWorks, includes a team of three mentors consisting of a teacher, a college student, and a community/business volunteer that utilize an activity-based curriculum enabling students to develop social emotional skills and resiliency. In addition, LATM conducts Summer Leadership Camp which gives students the college knowledge needed to become competitive applicants. The LATM program is available in 11 middle schools:
• Bethune Middle School in South LA • Wilmington Middle School in Wilmington • John Burroughs Middle School in Mid-Wilshire • Peary Middle School in Gardena • Para Los Niños Charter Middle School in Skid Row, Downtown LA • James Madison Middle School in North Hollywood • Johnnie Cochran Middle School in Mid-City • Webster Middle School in West LA • Thomas Edison Middle School in South LA • Pacoima Middle School in the San Fernando Valley • Richard Merkin Middle School in Downtown LA/Pico-Union •
For more information, please visit www.latm.org
Joins President Jamie Williams to lead one of the country’s largest conservation nonprofits
Press Release – Durango, CO (February 15, 2019) – The Wilderness Society announces the promotion of Melyssa Watson, formerly vice president of conservation, to a new role as executive director of the organization. In this role, Melyssa will lead The Wilderness Society’s programmatic work from regional and national campaigns focused on public lands and energy policy, to making public lands part of the climate solution and ensuring more equitable access for all to the outdoors. Jamie Williams continues his role as president, leading the organization and its overall vision for public land conservation.
“For the past 20 years, Melyssa’s outstanding leadership at The Wilderness Society has been the foundation on which our conservation successes rest,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “She has been focused and unwavering given the unprecedented political threats facing our nation’s public lands and has a successful track record of finding locally-driven, bipartisan solutions and lasting protection for America’s wild places. We are thrilled to chart a future vision for our organization with Melyssa in this role.”
Melyssa served most recently for the last six years as vice president of conservation for the organization. She oversaw 11 regional offices as well as our science, policy, national campaign and government relations teams with a total of 75 staff working within both rural and urban communities closest to the nation’s diverse public lands system.
During Melyssa’s tenure, The Wilderness Society has permanently protected more than ten million acres of public land via wilderness and other conservation designations, national monument proclamations, and other means. Key achievements over the past five years include launching the People Outdoors program, securing strong climate and energy policies for public lands, and facilitating collaborative, landscape-scale conservation plans for sage grouse across the West—all in the face of recent administrative and congressional challenges to the concept of protecting parks and public lands in perpetuity.
Melyssa came to The Wilderness Society in 1999 and co-founded the Wilderness Support Center, working to build and lead grassroots wilderness campaigns across the country. She has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of the Wilderness Support Center, Senior Director for Wilderness and Assistant Vice President for Southwestern Regional Conservation.
She works from the organization’s Durango, Colorado office, and enjoys exploring the Southwest’s wildlands and rivers with her family.