Lenfest News Philanthropy Network

The Lenfest News Philanthropy Network is a community of practice designed to support and build capacity for fundraising and development professionals in journalism. 

Participation in the Network is free, and open to publishers of all sizes and business models — nonprofit, for profit, legacy, start up, digital, broadcast and print — with a singular and deep focus on supporting and fostering a cohesive, collaborative, and growing cohort of development professionals who are serving a vital need for news organizations by creating contributed revenue streams. 

Applications and Registrations are now open for the following Courses and Workshops:


Building a Major Gift Pipeline

During this four-week course, you will work with experienced fundraising professionals who will help you learn the key building blocks to building relationships and developing a pipeline of major gift donors. Key lessons will include: 

  • Developing a case for support
  • Building the major gift pipeline
  • Effective listening and observing techniques
  • Moves management
  • The art of the ask

In order to foster an interactive learning environment, participation is limited to 30 people.

Led by Schultz & Williams, the course will meet once every other week for two-hour sessions on Wednesdays between May 12 and June 23 at 1 p.m. EDT. 

Learn more and apply here


These one-time sessions last one or two hours and are focused on highly practical skills. Participation in Fundraising Fundamentals and Mid-Level Donor Strategies is open to all.

Community Chats

Lenfest News Philanthropy Network Community Chats are unstructured small group conversations designed to bring together groups of professionals who are interested in similar topics and facing similar challenges. Each group will have a moderator to help guide the conversation, but ultimately the scope and range of the conversation will be up to participants. These sessions are an opportunity to network and deepen community.

Our next Community Chat will be held on Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 4 p.m. EDT. Initial conversations have focused on: 

  • Donor Stewardship 
  • Membership 
  • Building a Culture of Philanthropy with your Newsroom 
  • Events 

Join our mailing list to get notified when we open registrations for the next Community Chat

Together with RevLab at The Texas Tribune and The Membership Puzzle Project, The Lenfest News Philanthropy Network is currently offering the following programs. Applications are now closed.