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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 as of November 2018 include:

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

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.

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.

The Knight Temple Lenfest News Initiative is a comprehensive program in change management that helps news enterprises accelerate their transformation to a digital future. API is a partner in the initiative and receives funding for its work.

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.

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