Building Collaboration in NC: [Part 3] Funding Your Collaborative

Building Collaboration in NC: [Part 3] Funding Your Collaborative

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This is Part 3 in a series of training sessions about launching news collaborations and partnerships. The sessions are virtual over Zoom.

About this event

Journalism takes money. Collaboration takes money. Everything takes money. We all know that the news industry continues to face economic challenges, but there can also be an opportunity to increase local support through collaboration. In this training, you will learn about the diverse ways you can approach fundraising for your collaborative work.

We’ll break down the following:

  • Revenue opportunities: grants, foundations, corporate sponsorships, individual donors, membership and earned revenue
  • Understanding Fiscal Sponsorship and how to apply for a grant
  • Building revenue for local news together vs. fundraising competition
  • Making your case for funding
  • What happens when you don’t get funding? Next steps in building a relationship with a potential funder

You'll walk away with the following takeaways and tools:

  • Sample fiscal sponsorship agreement
  • Fundraising model(s)
  • Sample sponsorship guide(s) and thank you letters
  • Sample case statement
  • Elevator speech worksheet

Guest Speakers:

  • Melanie Plenda, Director at the Granite State News Collaborative
  • Charles Thomas, Knight Foundation

Your Hosts:

From starting a collaborative to fundraising, join Shannan Bowen and Chris Rudisill for a three-part training on Building Collaboration in NC. Each workshop will include tools that you can use, whether you are thinking of launching a collaborative or hoping to strengthen the partnerships you already have. All workshops will be on Zoom and include a 30-minute open consultation time with presenters.

Shannan Bowen is the executive director of the NC Local News Workshop. Having started her professional career as a reporter at the Wilmington StarNews, Bowen is well versed in North Carolina’s media landscape and previously served as director of product engagement for McClatchy.

Chris Rudisill is the director of the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative. With a combined background in nonprofit leadership, communications and journalism, Rudisill specializes in empowering organizations to achieve mission-based initiatives, build sustainability and increase their impact on local communities.

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