Thanks to all our supporters

We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our funders, donors, partners and sponsors who support key initiatives that move digital journalism forward. ONA gift policy statement.

Major Funders

The Democracy Fund’s generous grant provides major support for the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, a two-year micro-grant program.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grants the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, as well as our annual Online Journalism Awards and HBCU Fellows and the Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program. Knight has also supported ONA’s Local community-building initiative.
The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s renewed grants support the continued development of, our Build Your Own Ethics Code tool, as well as the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education and the Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program.
The Gannett Foundation’s generous renewed grants funded the start-up and growth of ONACamps, our free traveling training workshops, and the annual Online Journalism Awards.
A generous McCormick Foundation grant helps fund the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, and a 2013 grant made possible an action summit and thought leadership session on issues surrounding social media.
With its generous grant, the Rita Allen Foundation joins the funding consortium for the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.
Dow Jones Foundation A generous grant from The Dow Jones Foundation supports our Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. Prior to that, a grant supported our Digital Media Leadership Breakfast series, invitation-only gatherings that offer media leaders a forum to network and share ideas and strategies.
The Harnisch Foundation’s funding seeded our ONA Local groups, now in communities around the globe.
A generous grant from the Ford Foundation helped support the launch of the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in 2016-2016.

Leading Partnerships

Google News Initiative is a partner with ONA and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Journalism 360, which supports grants, workshops, best practices and networking opportunities for journalists working with immersive content. Google has also supported ONA’s Local initiative’s leadership program.
MSN and MSN International’s generous donation and committee involvement makes possible the selection of current and future international MJ Bear Fellows.
NPR generously helps to provide our ONA staff state-of-the-art office space in its headquarters in Washington, D.C. VIP generously provides support for development of the ONA websites, as well as hosting beginning in August 2018.


Major Donors

MJ Bear Fellowship Fund
On behalf of our Board and staff, our warmest appreciation goes to the Bear and Carpenter families — Philip Bear, Robin Bear, the late Jeanette B. Bear, Dinah Bear, Linda Carpenter, Bob Carpenter, Jake Carpenter and Blake Carpenter — for ensuring the legacy of ONA founding member and digital journalism pioneer MJ Bear, whose fellowship identifies and nurtures journalism stars under 30.

We are also grateful to the many individual donors who continue to support this fellowship in MJ’s memory. Below, we acknowledge those who have contributed to the MJ Bear or General Support funds with recent gifts of $500 or more.

  • David Payne, Gannett Foundation
  • Richard Gingras, ONA Advisory Board, Google News
  • Rich Jaroslovsky, ONA Founding Member, Bloomberg News/Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Jon Hart and Margaret Stevens
  • Melissa Metzger
  • Eileen Glasser Wesley and Mark Wesley
  • Bob Scarborough
  • The Levitt Foundation
  • Elizabeth Anne Osder
  • Liz Lufkin
  • Google
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Last, but in no way least, we are deeply grateful for the annual financial support and leadership of our Board of Directors.

Major Sponsors

Sponsorships make possible our state-of-the-art annual conference, and support our ONA Local group activities and events.

  • The Facebook Journalism Project
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • NPR
  • Microsoft News
  • Google News Initiative
  • Chartbeat
  • Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
  • Gannett Foundation
  • NBC News
  • Storyful
  • Twitter
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
  •  Women’s Media Center
  • TEGNA Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Bing
  • Chorus by Vox Media
  • First Draft
  • Hearst Television
  • John S. Knight Journalism (JSK) Fellowships at Stanford University
  • McClatchy
  • Piano
  • ProPublica
  • Reuters
  • SmartNews
  • Social News Desk
  • SocialFlow
  • Trisolute News Dashboard
  • Yahoo News
  • Viafoura

General Supporters

Our deepest thanks go out to each and every Friend of ONA who has donated to help support digital journalists and the critical work they do.

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As part of the CARES Act, ONA received Paycheck Protection Program funds in 2020 to support payroll expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.