Omidyar Launches $100m Media Fund

A major new philanthropic fund was announced today by the Omidyar Network at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK. The philanthropic investment firm is pledging US$100 million to support investigative reporting, combat hate speech, and bolster civic technology. Among the first recipients is GIJN member ICIJ, which will get $4.5 million over the next three years. Omidyar's Stephen King hopes this will inspire other donors to join the cause. "This is a lot of money, but it’s also not a lot of money," he says. "We need others to step up to the plate." 

Source: Omiydar Network

Posted on: April 5, 2017

Omidyar Funds Give $12m to IJ Nonprofits

Investigative journalism nonprofits got a $12 million boost today from two funds supported by tech philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. The Democracy Fund and First Look Media are awarding three-quarters of the money to the three largest U.S. nonprofit investigative newsrooms, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Center for Public Integrity, and ProPublica (all GIJN members). Additional grants are going to the Investigative Journalism Workshop at American University, a new State and Local Investigative Fund to support local reporters, a new "laboratory" for community-supported investigative reporting, and a program to provide legal and information access support to US journalists.

Source: democracy fund

Posted on: March 27, 2017