Donate to: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting





Any new donations, or donations from lapsed donors, count toward a $20,000 match from the Maine Center’s largest funder, the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Donate now to support this campaign. Every penny build capacity and sustainability for accountability journalism in the Pine Tree State.

Newsfunders summary for the prospective donor

We at Newsfunders had the chance to visit the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting a few years ago in their small office in the basement of the Maine statehouse in Augusta. Naomi Schalit, one of the Maine Center’s founders, conducted the tour, and recalled a time when there were 20 full-time reporters in the statehouse press wing, representing a wide variety of newspapers and news agencies.

Today there are just five full-time reporters left, and the Maine Center has become a critical bastion for statewide accountability reporting. Investigative journalism is hard, but the Pine Tree Watchdog is the real thing, working out of a tiny office with a minimal staff, and piles of talent and commitment.

See below for details on their reporting achievements, their media partners, and their guiding philosophy.

Coverage examples:

Media Partners:

Your support of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting doesn’t just benefit one single nonprofit news agency. Their reporting is shared with more than two dozen media partners statewide, including:

  • Sun Journal
  • Bangor Daily News
  • Times Record
  • Journal Tribune
  • Portsmouth Herald
  • The Ellsworth American
  • Mt. Desert Islander
  • The Forecaster
  • American Journal
  • Lakes Region Weekly
  • Sun Chronicle
  • The Reporter
  • Lincoln County News
  • York Weekly
  • York County Coast Star
  • St. John Valley Times
  • Boothbay Register
  • Fiddlehead Focus
  • Courier-Gazette
  • Camden Herald
  • The Republican Journal
  • Portland Press Herald
  • Morning Sentinel
  • Kennebec Journal
  • PenBay Pilot

Links to Donate and About pages:

Follow or subscribe to the Pine Tree Watchdog, publication of the Maine Center for Investigative Reporting:

Nonprofit & financial status:

      • 501c3 organization, Tax ID 27-2623867
      • 2014 Budget: $194,265


Vision: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting will fulfill the responsibility of a free press in the American democracy by looking beneath the surface of Maine government and writing clearly and without fear or favor about what it discovers.

Mission: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting will keep citizens informed about their government and their public servants through high-quality, independent investigative reporting that is published by media outlets across the state.

In recent years, most newspaper and broadcast news outlets in Maine have reduced newsroom staffs through layoffs, early retirements and attrition. One of the first victims is in-depth journalism — stories which often take one or more reporters “off the street” for weeks or even months.

Serious coverage of the electoral and legislative process has also suffered. In Maine, statehouse coverage has declined from about 20 year-round reporters in 1989 to 10 in 1999 to the current five.



Donate to: Making Contact



“Putting Immigrant Voices on the Air” (Deadline Oct. 8)

You can help Making Contact’s special team of six immigrant journalists explore how immigrants are participating in the 2016 election. Your donations will be doubled by a $20,000 matching gift, but if the campaign doesn’t hit the $40K mark, it all expires on Oct. 9 at 11:14 AM EDT.

Newsfunders summary for the prospective donor

Making Contact, produced by the National Radio Project out of Oakland, California, produces longer investigations and enterprise coverage of issues that often don’t get a lot of depth in mainstream media. The program has won a variety of awards and is heard on public and community radio stations around the United States. Coverage goes deep on issues that are often politicized and of particular interest to left and progressive communities. Founded in 1994, Making Contact’s scope of coverage is international.

Coverage examples:

Links to Donate and About pages: 

Follow or subscribe to Making Contact:

Nonprofit status:

  • 501c3 organization, Tax ID 94-3239511, INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PROJECT is Making Contact’s official non-profit name


Reporting & issues

“Making Contact produces media that analyzes critical issues and showcases grassroots solution, in order to inform and inspire audiences to action.

“Rather than cover breaking news, we specialize in long-format sound-rich radio features. We are particularly interested in WHY and root causes, structures and systems, as well as who what where when.

“We want the people most affected by issues to be at the center of our stories. Our topics are often at the intersections of these topic silos: Environment, racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQ, women’s health and reproductive rights, police and prisons, undue corporate influence, food and ag, culture, international affairs, war, peace and much in between.

“Hosts Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, and Jasmín López work with a team of freelancers and storytellers from around the world to bring you some of the most important social justice and human rights issues of our time.”

Medium — Radio and audio

“We believe that evocative sound-rich radio has a unique effectiveness as well as the ability to reach beyond ‘readers’ to a very broad audience. Occasionally when we are slow-cooking on one of our enterprise pieces, we will present a strong speech or panel presentation or adapt a video-documentary.”


“We are delighted when community groups applaud our work along with recognition and awards from journalism organizations — for instance, two awards in 2014 from the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California.”

Partnerships & distribution

“Our focus is on radio and audio podcasts but we enjoy cross platform collaborations with print, web and video partners.

“We are broadcast each week on 112 radio and another two dozen stations air our programs frequently as specials. These non-commercial stations span 33 states and include National Public Radio affiliates, Pacifica Network and university stations, community stations, grassroots/low-power FM stations, and Native American-owned stations.

“We reach approximately 70,000 listeners via radio and tens of thousands more via our digital channels.”

Does Making Contact accept commercial sponsorships or ads?

“We are independent and non-commercial. We have recently for the first time accepted a material donation in exchange for a thank you mention on our website text, and in our podcasts (but not broadcasts) — ‘Our software sponsor for the Community Storytelling Fellowship is Hindenburg,’ with a Hindenburg logo and a link on the page.

“It is challenging to make our work sustainable, and we are exploring other income streams and discussing taking on very selective underwriting. Currently however, we receive no corporate or government funding and the majority of our income comes from small family foundations and individual donations–or as we say in public radio, ‘people like you.'”

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Financial Details



Donate to: The San Francisco Public Press

Organizational details for prospective donors.


Donation and About pages:

Follow the San Francisco Public Press:

  • Facebook — Be sure to select “Get Notifications” under the “Like” button so that Facebook can’t throttle your access to their news feed!
  • Twitter
  • Newsletter

Organizational summary:

The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit, public-interest news organization with a noncommercial mission statement to “to enrich civic life in San Francisco by delivering public-interest journalism to broad and diverse audiences through print and interactive media not supported by advertising.”

They publish a quarterly, four-color, ad-free print newspaper, and a website with daily and weekly news-blog updates.

They also produce a issues-focused public programs — such as the Hack the Housing Crisis conference — and engage in wide-ranging content partnerships through with SF Bay Area news organizations, including KALW, KQED, Bay Nature, El Tecolote, the Commonwealth Club and others.

The San Francisco Public Press spends most of its budget on paying freelance writers, and on publishing, marketing, promoting and distributing their content. Editors mostly work on a volunteer basis.

News coverage:

The San Francisco Public Press publishes deep-dive, locally attuned reporting on public interest issues, a focus that often puts them out ahead of the pack with award-winning coverage, including:

Financial information:

Newsfunders provides access to the most recent, publicly available financial documents and details. 

  • 2013 Expenses Budget: $64,160
  • 2013 IRS Form 990
  • Institutional funders include: The San Francisco Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and others.
  • The Public Press also has an ambitious membership program with several hundred members paying $35 for an annual subscription and other benefits.

Read more about the San Francisco Public Press on Newsfunders.