A free press is essential to sustaining a functioning democracy.
Journalists serve as a vital check on power, relying on rigorous reporting to maintain an informed citizenry, uncover corruption, shine a light on systemic failures and inspire change and progress. A prolonged assault on our nation’s fourth estate coupled with the rise of disinformation and deep financial losses within the for-profit journalistic sector have threatened to undermine the watchdog reporting necessary for transparency, accountability, and policy change.
To preserve the ability of our government and society to function freely, fairly, and effectively, it is imperative that newsrooms have the support they need to investigate, research, gather the data, follow the evidence, and publish news that changes lives. We must safeguard our democratic institutions by strengthening a press that embraces the principles of fairness, objectivity, balance, and ethics. To that end, we fund nonprofit groups and news-gathering organizations that advance the values of freedom of the press and produce the highest-quality journalism. While the majority of our money goes toward investigative journalism, data transparency, and accountability reporting, we also support associations that protect and defend journalists, journalism education and training, state capitol and local newsrooms, and topical reporting.
Houston Local News Initiative
A coalition including three of Houston’s leading philanthropies have invested $20 million to establish a new, independent, nonprofit news organization in Houston.Learn More