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Transition to Nonprofit Status

After more than three decades as a for-profit media company, the Chronicle of Philanthropy is transitioning to nonprofit status.

In May 2022, the Chronicle announced plans to become a nonprofit, and we received approval from the Internal Revenue Service in January 2023. We expect to spin off from our parent company, the Chronicle of Higher Education, this spring and begin operations as an independent organization.

Foundation Grants

To support the creation of the new organization, the Chronicle of Philanthropy has received general operating funds from a number of foundations:

  • Hewlett Foundation ($3 million)
  • Ford Foundation ($2 million)
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation ($500,000)
  • Open Society Foundations ($300,000)
  • Walton Family Foundation ($200,000)
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation ($100,000)
  • John D. and Catherine MacArthur ($100,000)
  • Heinz Endowments ($50,000)

All of our grants are accepted under our gift-acceptance policy, which requires disclosure of our financing. We do not allow grant makers to influence our articles or other content in any way.

See all of our gifts and grants.

Board Oversight

To oversee the nonprofit’s work, we have appointed a Board of Directors, which we plan to expand in the weeks ahead. We will also add an advisory council. Our board members are:

  • Trabian Shorters, founder, BME Community (chair)
  • Ana Marie Arrilagos, chief executive of Hispanics in Philanthropy
  • Amanda Barrett, vice president of news, standards, and inclusion at the Associated Press
  • Pamela Gwaltney, chair of the Chronicle of Higher Education Inc.
  • Anna Nirmala, consultant to news organizations and former vice president of portfolio success at the American Journalism Project
  • Michael Riley, chief executive of the Chronicle of Higher Education Inc.