Our Funders

Learn more about who funds the Center

As a collaborative network of news organizations, journalists, and academics, we are committed to fostering a sustainable and vibrant local news ecosystem through collaboration, innovation, and education. We are grateful for the support of our partners, who share our vision and commitment to the future of local news.

We believe in transparency and accountability, and we want our community to know who our partners are and how they contribute to our mission. Our partners include foundations, philanthropies, public institutions, private companies, individuals, and other organizations that share our values and support our initiatives.

We are proud to work with a diverse group of partners, who provide funding, expertise, and other resources that help us to advance our mission. We believe that our collaborative approach to local news is essential to building a stronger and more resilient local news ecosystem, and we could not do it without the support of our partners.

Questions about the Center or our funders? Email us directly at [email protected].

Current operational funding and project support

2019-2020 operational support

Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s nine colleges and schools serve more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs.

New Jersey Local News Lab Fund

The New Jersey Local News Lab Fund is a partnership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a private foundation based in Morristown, New Jersey. Established in 1974, the foundation‌ focuses on issues critical to New Jersey and nonprofit organizations whose work has a direct and meaningful impact in the state.

Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that the American people come first in our democracy. (Note that Democracy Fund is also supporting two projects based at the Center, in addition to being an operational sponsor.)

Abrams Foundation

The mission of the Abrams Foundation is to nurture creative, deeply informed communities, while promoting equity and fairness. Grant making is concentrated in three areas: journalism and narrative, arts and creativity, and access and opportunity.

2019-2020 project support

Rita Allen Foundation

The Rita Allen Foundation invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems.


The Facebook Journalism Project is designed to support journalism and news literacy, and to serve as a hub for journalists and publishers to learn and share.

2019-20 event sponsors:

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism

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Airtable was founded on the belief that software shouldn’t dictate how you work—you should dictate how it works. Our mission is to democratize software creation by enabling anyone to build the tools that meet their needs.

Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists was founded in 1974 and is the nation’s oldest professional association of Journalists-of-Color. With over 100 active members, it is also one of the largest and the founding chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.


WHYY is the leading public media organization in the Philadelphia Region, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond.


EdNC is the online, daily, independent newspaper of EducationNC, which is a collection of nonprofits and initiatives that works to expand educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools.

Past operational funders, project funders, and event sponsors

Google News Lab 

American Press Institute 

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford

Malheur Enterprise


Web Publisher Pro




Other support

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For more information about our supporters, or to discuss how you can support the Center and its mission, contact Stefanie Murray at [email protected].