Our GranteesAs communities across the U.S. lose their newspapers and call for a new approach to local news, the American Journalism Project supports social entrepreneurs in building sustainable nonprofit news organizations where they live.
Civic News Organizations
What distinguishes each of these CNOs is strong, entrepreneurial leadership and community buy-in. They are eager to take on the challenge of creative new business models for local news, but what’s been missing until now is philanthropic capital.
Taken as a whole, our portfolio reflects AJP’s vision. We see possibility in a thriving ecosystem of local, civic journalism that strengthens democracy in the U.S. and is made up of CNOs that are governed by, sustained by and look like the communities they serve.
Our support is designed for nonprofit news organizations with ambitious plans to grow their revenue and programs that support informed communities, plus targeted early stage investments in leaders and communities that present a unique opportunity to change the local news landscape where they operate.
We currently support these 12 CNOs:
Racial Equity in Journalism Fund
The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund is a new donor collaborative based at Borealis Philanthropy that seeks to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by people of color and to increase civic engagement for communities of color.
AJP is proud to participate in the fund along with Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Google News Initiative, and the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.