Hundreds of individual donors helped ICT qualify for $50,000 in matching funds that will strengthen the news organization’s political coverage in this mid-term election year.
The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, which supports organizations that “advance social justice by empowering world-changing work,” awarded ICT a three-year, $450,000 grant in February to support political coverage and the hiring of a political reporter. As part of the terms, the foundation disburses $100,000 annually and makes available an additional $50,000 per year if ICT matches that additional amount.
More than 900 donors contributed toward the “Changing Our World Campaign” ranging from $3.15 to $1,050. The campaign, which kicked off in March and ran through early May, raised $59,617 in qualified contributions. By meeting the match, the donors helped ICT double the $100,000 grant award in 2022.
“We are amazed by our supporters who give what they can to help us in our work to cover the Indigenous world,” said Karen Michel, president/CEO of IndiJ Public Media, the nonprofit organization that owns ICT, formerly Indian Country Today. “Their contributions, along with the match from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, will allow us to invest more in our political coverage in a critical election year.”
Through the foundation’s grant, ICT hired Pauly Denetclaw, a Diné reporter with years of experience, in April. An award-winning reporter, Denetclaw has worked for the Navajo Times and Texas Observer covering Indigenous communities. She is a board member of the Native American Journalists Association.
"This is a crucial time for reporting on American democracy and elections," said Jonathan Logan, President and CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. "We are pleased and proud that so many generous donors have stepped up and joined us to make it possible for ICT to support the coverage of a dedicated political reporter whose work will elevate Indigenous voices and stories that have been invisible in most news coverage of national politics."
“We were very happy, and honored, to get a grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation to pay for this position,” said ICT editor-at-large Mark Trahant, “what made the partnership even better was the foundation asked us to raise $50k. Our readers and viewers didn’t blink.”
ICT is an independent nonprofit, multimedia news enterprise with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and bureaus in Alaska and Washington, D.C.. The award-winning digital news source covers the Indigenous world, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Country Today produces a public media broadcast carried via public television stations, including FNX: First Nations Experience and Arizona PBS World channel. ICT is owned by IndiJ Public Media, a 501 (c)(3) public charity that sustains itself with funding from members, donors, foundations, and supporters worldwide.