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News Match to Raise Money for Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism on #GivingNewsDay

Schuster Institute and Foundations Join Forces, Ask Public to Join a National Day of Giving


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News Match—the largest-ever grassroots campaign to strengthen nonprofit journalism across the United States — is launching #GivingNewsDay as part of a nationwide effort to mark the Tuesday after Thanksgiving by donating to nonprofit and philanthropic causes as part of Giving Tuesday


By the numbers


100+ local & investigative nonprofit newsrooms are eligible for News Match

$28,000 The amount of matching grants each news organization could receive

$6 million  Amount of new support for journalism generated by these grants

1 Nonprofit investigative newsroom dedicated solely to social justice reporting...the Schuster Institute!

2 All donations up to $1,000 are doubled with News Match

3 Foundations provided funding for News Match: Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation

“This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking our readers to support our groundbreaking news reporting that we do every day. As Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, 'Sunlight is the best disinfectant.' Your gift helps us use our journalism to shine a light on injustices so that policy makers can be better informed and make needed changes happen. Without your support, stories go untold,” said Florence Graves, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism founding director.

“Trusted nonprofit news organizations like the Schuster Institute are essential to building stronger communities, holding our decision makers accountable, and providing people with the information they need to contribute to civic change. Ensuring they have a bright future is in all of our interests,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism.

Our Work

The Schuster Institute's investigations have led to the exoneration of two wrongfully convicted men in the past two years; pressured Congress to pass a federal law to protect babies from being stolen for international adoption; and exposed slavery in the fishing and palm oil industries, forcing corporations to take responsibility for their supply chains.



All news organizations participating in News Match are members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, must be transparent about funding sources, and produce investigative and/or public-service reporting. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Visit newsmatch.orgfor more information.



About the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism:

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University is a nonprofit investigative newsroom focusing on social justice and human rights issues as well as government accountability and transparency. We dive into systemic problems afflicting those who are poor, voiceless, or forgotten—with an eye toward informing policymakers and public debate. Launched in 2004 by Florence Graves to help fill the void in high-quality public interest and investigative journalism, the Institute was the nation’s first independent, investigative reporting center based at a university. The Institute’s pioneering “Newsroom Without Walls,” our collaborative impact journalism model, includes more than 70 contributors, including staff, Schuster Institute Fellows, Visiting Research Scholars and paid Brandeis student researchers. They report on such subjects as human trafficking and modern-day slavery; criminal justice; race and justice; food and health; government and corporate wrongdoing; environmental justice; gender and justice; political and social justice; and border issues and immigration. Please see for more information.

About the Institute for Nonprofit News:

The Institute for Nonprofit News is an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms, strengthening the sources of independent, public service information and investigative journalism for thousands of communities across the U.S.  INN is the only organization in the U.S. specifically focused on supporting the emerging nonprofit news sector. For more, visit


About Democracy Fund:

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011, Democracy Fund has invested more than $60 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit


About the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation:

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. For more, visit


About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit


About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is available

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