The Associated Press, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Conversation announced today funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the news organizations cover philanthropies and charities and their impact on society.
The funding includes a $2.75 million grant to The Conversation, which will act as a fiscal sponsor for funds to support AP’s coverage of philanthropy. An additional $2.2 million grant will be given to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Both grants will support the organizations’ collaboration to expand fair and accurate coverage of the nonprofit world to strengthen public awareness of the perspectives, approaches and people trying to advance the common good through philanthropy.
Each organization will regularly produce independent journalism and add staff to provide more robust news and analysis of the philanthropic world.
This builds on a 2020 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to The Conversation that helped launch collaboration among all three organizations to strengthen reporting, analysis and commentary about the philanthropic sector.
AP will add two journalists to its team already covering philanthropy: a reporter dedicated to covering disaster aid and relief, and a reporter who will cover Gen Z trends in giving and technology’s impact on philanthropy.
“This collaboration will give AP the ability to provide important and insightful reporting that goes far beyond philanthropy. We will cover all the aspects of education, health care, business, disaster relief and technology that are affected by private donations and volunteerism,” said AP Deputy for Newsgathering Michael Giarrusso. “We look forward to continuing to build on our work with The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Conversation, and are pleased that Lilly Endowment has renewed its funding for this effort.”
The grant to The Conversation will help it retain an editor assigned to philanthropy stories and will support the organization’s efforts to collaborate and conduct outreach and engagement around the joint reporting effort including the development of a philanthropy newsletter featuring the reporting and analysis produced by the three organizations.
"The Conversation is thrilled that Lilly Endowment will continue to fund this important collaboration with The Associated Press and The Chronicle of Philanthropy to explain and examine the important work of foundations and nonprofits,” said Bruce Wilson, chief innovation and development officer at The Conversation. “The first three-year grant proved the impact a grant like this can have on covering this sector and sharing it with broad and demographically diverse audiences."
The grant to The Chronicle of Philanthropy will support the organization's director of partnerships, three editorial team members, and bolster the organization’s fellowship program that awards local journalism organizations an opportunity to develop in-depth reporting around notable nonprofit and philanthropic topics of importance to their regions.
“We are excited that this grant will provide us even more opportunities to inform the public about the work nonprofits and foundations do every day to meet urgent challenges and enable us to partner with even more local journalists to train them to cover the social sector with sophistication,” said Stacy Palmer, CEO of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. “Going forward, we will be particularly focused on surfacing local nonprofit solutions with the potential to expand and transform communities nationwide.”
AP works with a variety of philanthropic organizations, including Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Report for America and others, to expand coverage and reach new audiences. In all such collaborations, AP retains complete editorial control of all journalism.
AP’s standards for working with outside groups are available online: http://apne.ws/lt9xQ2C