Our Funders

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Center for News Literacy’s major sponsor, with two grants totaling $1,750,000.

By 2010, more than 5,000 students had taken the course at Stony Brook University and a dozen campuses from Maine to Alaska had launched news literacy courses. To speed the spread of News Literacy courses, The Knight Foundation invested $1,700,000 in a crash program to teach 10,000 students, assess outcomes, refine the course and export The Stony Brook Model to other campuses.

At the first national News Literacy conference in 2009, Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen announced an additional $50,000 planning grant for the Center to plan “The Big Idea”, a proposal to find funding to train a nationwide corps of 50-100 out-of-work journalists to teach News Literacy at schools and universities in their home states.


The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Four grants, totaling $530,000 to fund the Digital Resource Center, online trainings, Civics Education in Chicago, the after-action report for the Center for News Literacy’s first conference, a teaching materials production partnership with the Project for Excellence in Journalism, funding for Center for News Literacy’s second national conference in 2011.


The Ford Foundation

Two grants, totaling $385,000 to fund the first national conference on News Literacy, and four summer programs on News Literacy for High School Teachers. Ford has also funded an online mini-course created by Center for News Literacy’s faculty and hosted by the Poynter Institute.


The MacArthur Foundation

One $330,000 grant to help fund the development of the Digital Resource Center.


The Leon Levine Foundation

One $50,000 grant for general News Literacy Center support.


The Atlantic Philanthropies

One $25,000 grant to help fund the 2011 National News Literacy Conference.



New York Community Bank

Two grants, totaling $20,000 to finance a News Literacy scholarship each semester for the outstanding final essay by an undergraduate at Stony Brook.