The Oklahoma City-based Inasmuch Foundation has announced a series of changes aligned with its new strategic plan, including the consolidation of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation into the foundation.
Since their establishment in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord, both foundations have been governed by a single board, shared a single staff, and have collectively championed issues and funding priorities their founder cared deeply about, including journalism, community improvement, education, and human services. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Inasmuch Foundation in 2015, and going forward the two will be officially consolidated under the Inasmuch brand.
As part of the consolidation, Inasmuch will launch an initiative aimed at strengthening the news and information ecosystem in central Oklahoma. In January, the foundation approved $1.23 million in journalism grants, including awards totaling $575,000 to Oklahoma Watch, The Frontier, NonDoc, KGOU, and the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Oklahoma.
"The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation brand may be retired, but our dedication to a free and thriving press is stronger than ever," said Inasmuch Foundation chair and CEO Bob Ross. "Through our recent strategic planning process, we listened to the community and are excited to continue and increase our commitment to journalism."