Frequently Asked Questions

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What is J-Funders?

This annual gathering began in 2002 when a handful of journalism funders got together to compare notes about the most pressing issues facing journalism and how funders could address them. For the past 11 years, MIF has been hosting this gathering, which continues to provide an important opportunity to strengthen connections among journalism funders and to provide opportunities for funders to discuss their work and share ideas with one another.

Why should I attend?

We know that funders rely in part on the expertise of other funders. This meeting will help you make connections to peers who are eager to share best practices and lessons learned. By taking a broad view across the field of media funding to include many different types of platforms, issues and philanthropic goals, we are uniquely able to bring funders together around specific topics, connect funders and media makers who might not otherwise cross paths, and in the process, expand the field of journalism funding.

What's on the agenda?

This year’s agenda will feature discussions on new initiatives in the field, innovative funding models, questions around best practices, efforts to build and sustain media equity, and more.

How much does it cost?

Members (in person): $500

Non-members (in person): $700

Members (virtual): $125

Non-members (virtual): $150


The Ford Foundation is a fully accessible building. Please direct questions about accessibility to Roshni Melia at

Are there hotel accommodations?

We don’t have a room block, but there are plenty of options near the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.

We recommend: Westgate Resorts New York Grand Central, 304 E 42nd St., New York, NY 10017.

How do I help sponsor the journalism funders gathering?

Generous sponsorship comes from:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Rita Allen Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Outrider Foundation

If you are interested in providing sponsorship, email Katy Resch, MIF’s Director of Member Engagement, at

What is the Journalism Funders Network?

MIF’s Journalism Funders Network is a strong and active network of MIF and comprises a diverse constellation of philanthropic organizations. Through convenings, original research reports and field-building activities, we aim to strengthen connections among journalism funders and offer them opportunities to discuss their work among peers. Learn more.