The 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. 

Introduction to Prospect Research

Introduction to Prospect Research course will provide participants with practical fundraising skills needed for news organizations and introduce them to assorted research screening tools, websites, databases and targeted research strategies. 

Donor Stewardship for News Organizations

This two-part workshop will focus on how publishers can will build relationships with existing donors and community members. Participants will explore stewardship practices specific to readying members, readers, listeners, and friends for a gift and how to thank, recognize, and build relationships with donors in between asking for gifts. 

Intro to Grant Writing for News Organizations

This training will equip new grant writers with both skills and confidence to meet the unique challenges of raising money for news organizations. In this five-week course you will work with experts in the field and small peer-groups to learn the science and the art of crafting competitive grant proposals.

Led by Penn Creative Strategies, the course met once a week from Monday April 25, 2021 to Monday May 23, 2022 at 3 p.m. EDT/Noon PDT. Applications are now closed.

Newsletters for Fundraising workshop

Join The Lenfest News Philanthropy Network on Tuesday March 1, 2022 at 3pm EST/noon PST for “Newsletters for Fundraising,” a free one-hour workshop on how to best utilize email newsletters for fundraising and stewardship.

Fundraising Fundamentals course

This introductory Fundraising Fundamentals course is designed for journalists or media professionals who are new to fundraising. The course will meet every other week for one or two hour sessions beginning January 13, 2022. The deadline to apply for the course was Monday December 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Learn more here.

Catch-up on the inaugural News Philanthropy Summit

The Summit was fully virtual this year, and it featured three days of learning and networking from November 3-5, 2021. Like all News Philanthropy Network events, the Summit was 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 catch up on session recordings here.

Fall 2021 Workshops

Catch up on these free workshops from The Lenfest News Philanthropy Network in partnership with The Inclusion Firm

Is there a ‘new’ normal in philanthropy?

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

Watch the full session here

Ethical storytelling to honor communities

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

Watch the full session here


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, participants worked with experienced fundraising professionals who will helped teach the key building blocks to building relationships and developing a pipeline of major gift donors. Key lessons 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 was limited to 30 people.

Led by Schultz & Williams, the course will met once every other week for two-hour sessions on Wednesdays between May 12 and June 23, 2021. 

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


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