The Lenfest Institute partners with like-minded organizations and individuals to help transform the news industry in the digital age to ensure that quality, local journalism remains a cornerstone of our democracy. The Institute is partnering with successful entrepreneurs and startups, major foundations, leading academic institutions and world-class news organizations.


Both awarding and receiving grants, the Institute is focused on supporting its mission of developing and supporting sustainable business models for great, local journalism. In late 2016, the Institute awarded its first investigative news grant to The Philadelphia Inquirer for the expansion of its ground-breaking coverage of lead poisoning in Philadelphia, “” You can learn more about our current grants here.


The Lenfest Institute is funded by donors, foundations, and sponsors supporting key initiatives that provide resources and solutions to heritage news organizations, develop new platforms and product development in partnership with respected universities; and advance news reporting through impactful projects.

All donations to the Institute are used to further its core mission, and allocation of funds is subject to the oversight of the Institute’s Executive Director and independent Board of Managers.

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The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is an affiliate of the TPF Special Assets Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation (“TPF”), a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and a public charity.