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:

CRAIG NEWMARK PHILANTHROPIES
Craig Newmark Philanthropies funds efforts related to trustworthy journalism, among other topics. The funding supports efforts on journalism ethics, accountability journalism and trust.

DEMOCRACY FUND
The Democracy Fund “invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.” The funding supports API general operations.

JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION
The Knight Foundation “champion(s) the First Amendment and support journalism excellence in the digital age.” The funding supports API efforts on newsroom learning, change management and providing news organizations access to our Metrics for News program.

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.

NEWS INTEGRITY INITIATIVE AT THE CRAIG NEWMARK GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AT CUNY
The News Integrity Initiative supports efforts to connect journalists and other leaders to “foster informed and engaged communities, combat media manipulation, and support inclusive, constructive, and respectful civic discourse.” The funding supports API’s work on community listening in news.

Since its reorganization in 2013, API also received funding from other organizations for specific projects. These include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the Rita Allen Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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.