Supporters

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
  • Consensys
  • Mike and Sandy Dean
  • Tobey and Mark Dichter
  • Facebook
  • 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
  • Google
  • 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