Supporters donate to The Lenfest Institute for Journalism in the belief that independent local journalism is critical to Philadelphia and cities across the United States.

The Institute’s work is entirely supported by private philanthropy, and these donors help fund investments in impactful investigative news coverage, cutting-edge technology for news operations, improved digital products for readers, and greater diversity in both newsrooms and their audiences — all key building blocks for sustainable local journalism.

Individual donors who support the Institute with an annual gift of $2,500 or more are eligible to join the Lenfest Council for Journalism and Democracy, a philanthropic society that includes a host of benefits that deepen members’ engagement and understanding of the transformation of the news that is happening at this historic moment. If you are interested in joining the Lenfest Council, click here.

The Lenfest Institute is committed to transparency. Donors have no input into any journalism produced by The Philadelphia Inquirer or other news organizations that receive grants from The Lenfest Institute. The following list contains all donors who have given $2,500 or more to support The Lenfest Institute’s work in Philadelphia and across the country.

25th Century Foundation

Timothy Abell and Firstrust Bank

Barbara Adams

Advance Local

James and Julie Alexandre

Laura and John Arnold

Sandra K. Baldino

Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Barbey

John Binswanger                      

David and Barbara Winslow Boardman

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz­

William and Laura Buck

Michael X. Delli Carpini

Ceisler/Hartocollis Donor Advised Fund

David L. and Rhonda R. Cohen

Norman and Suzanne Cohn

David and Nancy Colman


Mike and Sandy Dean

Tobey and Mark Dichter


Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Renuka and Terry Egger

The Erie Community Foundation

Craig Forman

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Richard Fox and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Robert and Penny Fox

Jim Friedlich and Melissa Stern

Amy Ginensky and Andrew Rogoff

Good Words Foundation


Charles D. and Alison B. Graham

William A. Graham, IV and The Graham Company

Carole Haas Gravagno

Richard Green

David Haas

Otto Haas Charitable Trust

Stephen J. Harmelin and Dilworth Paxson LLP

Katherine Hatton and Richard Bilotti Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation

The Heinz Endowments

Suzie and Crawford Hill

Henry L. Hillman Foundation

Feather Houstoun

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Public Media Foundation

Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden

Caroline Kennedy

Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation

The Kopelman Foundation

Robert and Hale Krasne

Adam Landau and Permit Capital

Geraldine Laybourne

Ethelyn Leaphart Foundation of The Philadelphia Foundation

Lancaster Community Foundation

H.F. “Gerry” and Marguerite Lenfest

Thomas A. and Kathleen M. Leonard

Judy and Peter Leone

Rodger Levenson and WSFS Bank

Charisse R. Lillie

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation

Sara Lomax-Reese

Bill and Diane Marimow

David and Sandy Marshall

Sam McKeel

J. J. Medveckis Foundation

Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation

M&T Bank

Martin and Anne Nisenholtz

The O’Toole Family Foundation

Neil Oxman

The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation

Michael Pearson

The Philadelphia Foundation

The Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust

Hong Qu

Vijay Ravindran

Rosalind Remer

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Roy Rosin

The Steinman Foundation

The Joy H. Tartar Charitable Fund

Brian P. Tierney and Brian Communications

Judith M. von Seldeneck

Waterman II Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation

Harriet and Larry Weiss

Constance and Sankey Williams

A. Morris Williams, Jr.

William Penn Foundation

Wyncote Foundation

York County Community Foundation

Michael F. and Sue E. Young Fund

Zisman Family Foundation