Sources of funding

The American Press Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps individual journalists and news organizations understand and engage diverse audiences, grow revenue, and succeed at organizational change. It is an educational affiliate of the News/Media Alliance.

Most of API’s funding comes from investments accumulated through the organization’s history, which dates to the 1940s, including assets from the former Newspaper Association of America Foundation, which merged with API in 2012.

The American Press Institute also receives funding from philanthropic foundations that support our mission.

Other funding sources for API include revenue generated by its news products, such as Metrics for News and Source Matters, and its consulting services.

The Table Stakes Local News Transformation Program, a comprehensive change management program for news organizations, is underwritten by the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund. The fund is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism to foster “innovation in journalism, community engagement, technology and business models.”

Funding from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation supports API’s Inclusion Index in Pittsburgh. The API Inclusion Index assesses and improves how multiple news organizations in one area connect with and cover communities of color, while also improving their internal culture.

Beyond Print helps guide traditional newspaper organizations away from print models and toward a sustainable digital future with resilient business models focused on the changing habits and attitudes of news audiences. Beyond Print is supported by an anchor donation by the Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund with additional funding from The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, a joint initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

In 2022, the Levi Strauss Foundation awarded the American Press Institute a two-year contribution to support its general operating budget.

Funding for hosted projects

Trusting News, an independent project of the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the American Press Institute, receives current support from the American Press Institute and RJI, as well as The Knight Foundation, New Pluralists, Mercatus Center, Henry Luce Foundation, and Scripps Howard Fund. API also serves as the project’s fiscal sponsor.

Previous support

Since 2013, the American Press Institute has received funding from the following organizations: the Boston Globe, Craig Newmark PhilanthropiesDemocracy Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationGoogle, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick FoundationNews Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, the New York Times, the North Carolina Local News Fund, the Rita Allen Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, among others.