The American Journalism Project (AJP)
Strategic & Organizational Planning, Fundraising, Board Development
The first critical goal for AJP was raising an initial fund of $50 million. At the time the organization officially launched in February of 2019, they announced $42.6 million in lead funding commitments, a Board of Directors and the organization’s first three hires.
The Knight Foundation announced its leading support for the American Journalism Project with a 5-year, $20 million commitment. Joining The Knight Foundation as American Journalism Project lead supporters were: Arnold Ventures, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, philanthropists Christopher Buck and Dr. Hara Schwartz, Emerson Collective, the Democracy Fund, Lumina Foundation, Erin and John Thornton, Abrams Foundation and the Facebook Journalism Project.
Through this first $50 million fund, AJP will make substantial, course-altering investments in 25-35 CNOs with the goal of fostering their transition into sustainable media organizations with multiple revenue streams. Currently, AJP is funding 11 CNOs that serve 20 million+ people across the U.S. Over the next few years, AJP will raise the visibility of the vital role of CNOs and mobilize a national movement to sustain and grow an independent local press across the country. Learn more about the American Journalism Project.
At the time of launch in February 2019, AJP announced $42.6 Million in Lead Funding Commitments