Sources of funding

The American Press Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from several sources, including philanthropic foundations that support our mission of helping news organizations toward a sustainable future by becoming more audience-focused. Current funders include:

KNIGHT-LENFEST LOCAL NEWS TRANSFORMATION FUND
The Knight-Lenfest project, supported by the Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, fosters “innovation in journalism, community engagement, technology and business models.” The funding supports API’s work with Table Stakes, a comprehensive change management program for news organizations.

ROBERT R. MCCORMICK FOUNDATION
The Chicago-based McCormick Foundation works with communities “to develop educated, informed, and engaged citizens.” The funding supports API work on the connection between community listening in news and revenue.

Funding for hosted projects

Trusting News, a project of the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the American Press Institute that’s hosted at API, receives current support from RJI, Democracy Fund and New Pluralists.

Previous support

Since its reorganization in 2013, API also received funding from other organizations for general operations or specific projects. These include Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Democracy Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, the North Carolina Local News Fund, the Rita Allen Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, among others.

Other sources of funding

The bulk of API’s funding comes from investment assets accumulated through the organization’s history, which dates back to the 1940s, including assets from the former Newspaper Association of America Foundation, which merged with API in 2012.

Other funding sources for API include support from news organization partners through programs like Metrics for News.