The mission of the Local Media Foundation is to ensure a healthy future for local journalism, which is essential to a strong democracy, by reinventing business models for news.

To that end, LMF supports innovative and transformative projects rooted in our four strategic pillars:

Additionally, LMF serves as fiscal sponsor to local media company projects with impactful journalism projects that demonstrate genuine charitable or educational intent and the potential for significant community impact.

Your tax-deductible donation to any of these LMF-sponsored programs will help ensure the sustainability and growth of local journalism:

Covering Climate Collaborative

The Covering Climate Collaborative is a best-in-class partnership of the leading science and journalism organizations, supporting 22 newsrooms across the country with a track record of inclusive reporting on climate change as well as social justice issues. Our local newsrooms include Pulitzer-prize winners, top local TV newsrooms, innovative digital start-ups, and leading journalism schools. Together, the Covering Climate newsrooms are reporting on critical climate issues affecting their regions, such as sea level rise, drought, and wildfires, and sharing the ways communities can take action.

News Is Out

In early 2022, six local and queer-owned LGBTQ+ publishers came together to form News is Out, a national Queer Media Collaborative with a mission to deliver compelling journalism that engages, amplifies, and connects the LGBTQ+ community. Our goal is to advance LGBTQ+ equality through solutions-oriented journalism, in the face of continued discrimination.

Word In Black

Word In Black is a groundbreaking news collaboration of the nation’s leading Black publishers who have teamed up to focus on both high-impact journalism projects and business transformation toward long-term sustainability. Word In Black frames the narrative and fosters solutions for racial inequities in America.

Ways to give


We accept online donations for LMF programs here, via Givebutter.

By check

Please address checks to Local Media Foundation. To designate your donation to a specific project, write the project name on the memo line of the check. Send to:

Local Media Foundation
P.O. Box 85015
Chicago, IL 60689-5033

By electronic bank transfer (ACH)

To pay by electronic bank transfer (ACH) or similar means, please contact Janice Norman at LMF for details.

Programs are administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. Unless otherwise expressly indicated, donations to LMF are tax-deductible to the extent of the law, and no goods or services are provided in exchange for contributions. Please consult a tax advisor for details.