The Craig Newmark Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica in support of its ongoing efforts to produce independent investigative journalism in the public interest.
The unrestricted grant will enable ProPublica to deploy resources where they are most needed, including adding staff and addressing opportunities over a wide range of issues. Launched in 2008 with support from the Sandler Foundation, the online news outlet has seen a surge in donations since the election of Donald Trump as president. The organization, which ended the year with $2.9 million in individual contributions, up some 540 percent from 2015, according to the Poynter Institute, recently opened a newsroom in Illinois.
Newmark, who founded craigslist and, in 2016, gave $1 million to the Poynter Institute to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics as well as $1.5 million to Wikipedia, has said he plans to give "another $3.5 million" in support of journalism in 2017.
"At this critical moment for America, probing and fearless accountability journalism is more important than ever," said ProPublica president Richard Tofel. "We are deeply grateful to Craig Newmark, a longtime friend. This grant will allow ProPublica to extend our ability to dig into the actions of government, business and other institutions — and hold those in power to account."
"A trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy," said Newmark. "As citizens we can only make informed decisions when we have news we can trust. Independent investigative reporting is essential to shoot down false claims and expose bad actors. ProPublica is a leader in that kind of journalism, and we need more of it."