ONA receives $100K Open Society Foundation grant

Executive Director named New Executives Fund Recipient

By on August 30, 2017

Washington, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, received a $100,000 grant from the Open Society Foundation to provide support to the association.  

The grant is provided through OSF’s New Executives Fund, which named ONA’s Executive Director Irving Washington as a recipient. The Fund, awarded to executives who have been in their position for less than one year, helps newly appointed directors to implement their vision of change. ONA’s two-year grant will support investments in the organization’s growth, including the development of its next strategic plan.

“Our community of digital journalists has never been more important than it is now,” said ONA Board President Joshua Hatch. “This grant is a testament to Irving’s leadership and I’m excited about where the organization is headed.”

“It’s an honor to be among a cohort of nonprofit leaders across the world impacting change,” added Washington.  “As we embark on our new strategic plan, this grant will allow us to invest in setting our future direction and ensuring we provide targeted resources, opportunities and training for our community.”

Since its inception in 2013, the New Executives Fund has awarded 75 grants for a total of $7,295,000, to executive directors across the world.  

Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer is a digital strategist dedicated to public service who has spent her career building communities online and offline. Jennifer leads communications and social media strategy for the Online News Association (ONA), the world's largest association of digital journalists. She also designs training programs and industry-leading conferences for journalists, with a focus on bringing digital tools to underserved communities and developing female leadership in newsrooms.