News Match, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism foundations contribute to Pine Tree Watch long-term sustainability
AUGUSTA — Every year, millions of Americans mark the Tuesday after Thanksgiving by donating to nonprofit and philanthropic causes as part of Giving Tuesday. This year, Pine Tree Watch is proud to participate in News Match — the largest-ever grassroots campaign to strengthen nonprofit journalism across the United States — that is launching #GivingNewsDay as part of this nationwide effort.
“This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking our readers to support the groundbreaking coverage that we do every day. Whether it’s reporting that leads to new campaign-finance laws or stories exploring the treatment of mentally ill Mainers, donations to Pine Tree Watch produce journalism that has an impact,” said Jed Davis, president of the Pine Tree Watch/Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting board of directors. “Today, we have a simple message: Without your support, stories go untold.”
With a goal of making 2017 a record-breaking year for donations to nonprofit news, Pine Tree Watch is joining more than 100 local and investigative newsrooms who are eligible to receive up to $28,000 each in matching grants, totaling more than $6 million in new support for journalism. Pine Tree Watch will receive the News Match grant only if it is successful in raising $28,000 from individual donors by December 31.
The News Match opportunity is in addition to a matching grant from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, which is matching all new or increased donations to Pine Tree Watch dollar-for-dollar — up to $25,000. Together, these two grants lay the foundation for the long-term sustainability of Pine Tree Watch and nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative journalism for Maine.
News Match 2017 was launched by Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation to support nonprofit news organizations like Pine Tree Watch that play a vital role informing the public and holding those in power accountable.
“Trusted nonprofit news organizations like Pine Tree Watch are essential to building stronger communities, holding our decision makers accountable, and providing people with the information they need to contribute to civic change. Ensuring they have a bright future is in all of our interests,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism.
Anyone can contribute by going to Pine Tree Watch’s website, pinetreewatch.org and clicking on the “Donate” option or by visiting newsmatch.org between now and the end of the year. All news organizations participating in News Match are members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, must be transparent about funding sources, and produce investigative and/or public-service reporting. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
About Pine Tree Watch:
Pine Tree Watch is the nonprofit, nonpartisan news service of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Our news team uses data- and document-based reporting, plus challenging interviews, to produce investigative journalism that has an impact. Our stories hold Maine state government and institutions accountable and fulfill the responsibility of a free press in our democracy. In addition to publishing all of our stories on our website, pinetreewatch.org, we distribute our investigative journalism across the state through more than 30 media partners and via social media.
About the Institute for Nonprofit News:
The Institute for Nonprofit News is an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms, strengthening the sources of independent, public service information and investigative journalism for thousands of communities across the U.S. INN is the only organization in the U.S. specifically focused on supporting the emerging nonprofit news sector. For more, visit INN.org.
About the Democracy Fund:
The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011, Democracy Fund has invested more than $60 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit democracyfund.org.
About the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation:
Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, 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. For more, visit journalismfoundation.org.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.
About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is available at macfound.org.