Factoid – Free Press Received at Least $15 Million in Foundation Support since 2003

by Mike Wendy on September 9, 2011

Factoid – In testimony made before Congress last March, Free Press’ Derek Turner said he would provide a list of supporters to Representative Marsha Blackburn (listen here).  At last check, no such list has materialized from the group.  In an effort to fill out the public record, this is what Media Freedom has learned about Free Press’ foundation support.

Between 2003 and 2009, Free Press received at least $15.4 million in IRS-disclosed grants from foundations, including a third of that from Schumann (almost $4.7 million), as well as grants from the Partridge Foundation ($1.5 million), OSI/FPOS ($1.26 million), Ford ($1.1 million), Park ($1.125 million), and the Sandler Foundation ($1 million).

Examples of some of these grants include (purposes of each grant shown where reported / uncovered):

Ford Foundation

  • $100,000 in 2006 for research and content development for state and local issues
  • $300,000 in 2007 to leverage knowledge about electronic media policy on the ongoing debates on media reform
  • $300,000 in 2008 for general support to promote diverse and independent media ownership
  • $400,000 in 2009 to support independent media ownership

Joyce Foundation

  • $30,000 in 2005
  • $50,000 in 2006 to organize Future of the Media town hall meetings

Open Society Institute

  • $200,000 in 2004 to help fund the National Conference on Media Reform
  • $200,000 in 2005 for general support
  • $410,000 in 2006 for general support and enable distribution to fighting for air
  • $450,000 in 2008 to provide general support

Park Foundation

  • $75,000 in 2004 for general operation support
  • $250,000 in 2005 for the Campaign for the Future of Public Broadcasting
  • $200,000 in 2006 for general operations
  • $250,000 in 2007 for media reform work to take place in 2008
  • $225,000 in 2008 for general operating support
  • $250,000 in 2009 for general operating support

Schumann Center for Media and Democracy

  • $478,000 in 2003 as a challenge grant of $600,000 to advance citizen action on media reform
  • $600,000 in 2004 again as a challenge grant
  • $755,000 in 2005 as a challenge grant
  • $1.6 million in 2006 as a challenge grant
  • $500,000 in 2008 for general support to advance citizen action on media reform
  • $750,000 in 2009

Tides Foundation

  • $9,882 in 2005
  • $35,870 in 2006
  • $82,000 in 2006
  • $87,100 in 2007

Source: FoundationSearch.com

 

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