Impact Media Fund

Join us to support impactful local journalism

The future of news is going to look different as traditional delivery channels continue to be distrupted and as reader and viewer habits change. And yet the potential to reach people and the need for quality information have never been greater.

Make a gift to support local journalism

The Impact Media Fund allows for focused attention to the interconnected challenges we face as a community. Additional reporting and engagement on key topics provide an opening for our diverse communities to be heard, to grow relationships, and to share in the responsibility for seeing the region’s necessary transformation through. 

Through the Impact Media Fund, the community is being asked to invest in a different kind of way. The Fund exists to manage and fund projects and programs that drive transformation and improve our community through research, community engagement and education, solutions-based and investigative journalism, and storytelling throughout the Sacramento region.

The Impact Media Fund is building a team of journalists to bring attention to the issues critical to the advancement of our community.

Projects within the Impact Media Fund, such as the Equity Lab, will be directed by Foundation staff in coordination with stakeholders, educational and community partners, local journalists, and/or other vendors. Funding for the Impact Media Fund will come from a variety of public, private, and/or philanthropic sources.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation maintains control over the disbursement of all funds. While donors and contributors may direct funds to specific projects, they do not have editorial control over content produced with fund resources or the interpretation of data. The Foundation, the Impact Media Fund, and all related projects will be held to strict donor transparency and editorial independence policies.

Contributions to The Fund will be tax deductible as provided by law, and meet the exempt purposes set forth in the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

Learn About a Program The Fund Will Support

We have launched a groundbreaking community-funded team of journalists to highlight the inequities and triumphs of communities that have long been underserved.

The Bee will add three reporters and will welcome an editor to lead this team, which will focus on surfacing solutions to longstanding challenges. Engagement within our communities will be central to the work of this community voices team and reporting lab.

Our mission is to help drive community conversations about the pressures facing the Sacramento region. We aim to elevate voices and accountability reporting to ensure all groups have what they need to be successful — healthcare, jobs and education — and that they have equal access to these resources.

The goals are to effect positive change, deepen our news organization’s relationships with underserved communities and highlight the value of local news in the lives of the people we serve.

Reporting will be shared with other organizations in the community for publication across platforms.

We are raising funds to support a 3-year commitment to the Equity Lab. We are fully funded for Year 1 and now raising funds for Year 2. The Tipping Point team is a $300,000-a-year effort.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • 1 weekly enterprise story with video and photos that build understanding of the challenges, successes and opportunities in our communities.
  • 2 – 4 daily stories per week that leverage data, offer high-utility news or let readers know how they can engage over the same timeframe.
  • Regular virtual or in-person listening sessions.
  • A bi-annual webinar, where we’ll share what we’re working on, what’s worked, and input on the issues we should cover next.
  • Live events, virtual for now, to put the spotlight on this topic and to convene key stakeholders as we drive toward a more inclusive environment for Sacramento-area residents.

Make a Gift

To support this fund by mail, please make your check payable to "Sacramento Region Community Foundation" and note the "Impact Media Fund" in the "Memo" section. Please mail your check to:

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
955 University Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825

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