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. 

Join us for the inaugural News Philanthropy Summit

The Summit will be fully virtual this year, and we hope you’ll join us for three days of learning and networking from November 3-5, 2021. Like all News Philanthropy Network events, the Summit will be free to attend and is open to all — regardless of where you live and whether you work for a nonprofit or for-profit news organization.

Learn more and register here.


Fall 2021 Workshops

Register for free workshops from The Lenfest News Philanthropy Network in partnership with The Inclusion Firm

Is there a ‘new’ normal in philanthropy?

The session will draw on leading reports documenting transformative gifts focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Ethical storytelling to honor communities

This workshop will embrace ethical storytelling and explore a human-centered approach to curating social impact. 

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Courses

Applications are now closed for The News Philanthropy Network’s Summer 2021 programming. Learn more about the free courses:

Fundraising Fundamentals: Launching a Successful Development Program

This four-week introductory course is designed for journalists or media professionals who are new to fundraising. Anna Barber, President and Principal Consultant of Barber & Associates, will lead the course.

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Deepening Major Donor Relationships with RevLab at The Texas Tribune

This training is designed for media executives and development staff with experience cultivating major gifts, who want to optimize their programs and tailor their approach for newsroom funding.

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Together with RevLab at The Texas Tribune, The Membership Puzzle Project, and other partners, The Lenfest News Philanthropy Network recently offered the following programs. You can view recordings and access slides or other resources below:

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. 

We are no longer accepting applications, but we will share resources from the course upon its completion.

Workshops

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. We will update this page with upcoming Workshops, but please feel free to access information from recent Workshops below:

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.

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