NewsMatch, an initiative launched in 2016 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to provide challenge grants to member organizations of the Institute for Nonprofit News, has announced that more than a hundred and fifty news sites — up 40 percent from last year — will participate in this November’s campaign.
In 2017, NewsMatch equipped more than a hundred news sites with professional fundraising, tools, and technology, helping them raise more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of private funders that provided matching funds of up to $1,000. The campaign also enabled participating organizations to cultivate more than forty-three thousand new donors. The initiative is supported by the News Revenue Hub, the Democracy Fund, the Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with the Miami Foundation serving as fiscal sponsor.
News organizations eligible to receive matching funds this year include the Adirondack Explorer, Chalkbeat, Delaware Currents, Flint Beat, the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, The Lens, Mississippi Today, Rocky Mountain Public Media, and WitnessLA.
"There is an incredible amount of excitement building around NewsMatch 2018 from news organizations across the country," said Sue Cross, executive director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News. "We are encouraged to see such strong growth in community support of news because NewsMatch makes it easy for communities and individuals to find and fund their local sources of trusted news."
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