INN is committed to transparency. We think our members and anyone interested in becoming a member deserves to know how we're funded and how we spend that money. Below, you'll find every 990, audit, annual report and funder we've had since we opened our doors.

Annual Reports



For more official documentation, visit our Governance section.

The Institute for Nonprofit News extends its sincere thanks to our funders, without whom the formation and work of this organization would not be possible.

The craigslist Charitable Fund (CCF) provides millions of dollars each year in one-time and recurring grants to hundreds of partner organizations addressing four broad areas of interest: Journalism, Open Source, and the Internet; Non-Violence, Veterans, and Peace; Education, Rights, Justice, and Reason; and the Environment and Transportation.

democracy-fundThe Democracy Fund aspires to the highest ideals of the American republic—government of, by and for the people. The foundation invests in social entrepreneurs working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the priorities of the American public and has the capacity to meet the greatest challenges facing our country.

eejfThe Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. EEJF does so through contributions to media institutions and journalism schools nationwide, primarily in areas of investigative reporting, youth education, professional development and special opportunities.

Ford FoundationAround the world, the Ford Foundation makes grants
that support the visionary people and organizations who
work to challenge inequality in all its forms. The Ford
Foundation is guided by a vision of social justice—a world
in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward
the protection and full expression of their human rights;
are active participants in the decisions that affect them;
share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society;
and are free to achieve their full potential. Across eight decades,
the foundation’s mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice,
strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation,
and advance human achievement.

knightThe John S. and James L. 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.

macarthurThe John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

mccormickThe Jonathan Logan Family Foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by promoting world-changing work in investigative journalism, the arts, the environment, education, equity and inclusion, and documentary film. The foundation seeks to be a catalyst for ideas and actions that illuminate the world and create positive change.

osf The Joyce Foundation supports policies that improve quality of life, promote safe and healthy communities, and build a just society. Joyce focuses its grant making in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and partners with funders to explore promising policy solutions in other states or at the federal level.

mccormickThe Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is one of the nation's
largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

osfThe Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Working in every part of the world, they place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people
in marginalized communities.

Driehaus FoundationThe Richard H. Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities by supporting the preservation and enhancement
of the built and natural environments through historic
preservation in neighborhoods throughout Chicago,
encouragement of quality architectural and landscape design,
and conservation of open space.
The Foundation also supports arts and culture,
investigative reporting and government accountability,
and organizations that provide opportunities for working poor people.


Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. The RBF's grantmaking is organized around three themes: Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development.

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust


Other funders who have supported INN:

The INN Board

Atlantic Philanthropies
Buzz Woolley
Karin Winner
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Park Foundation
Patterson Foundation
Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation
Rocker Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The Inner Circle
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
William Penn Foundation

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