We are a nonpartisan organization committed to transparency and editorial independence. We do not support or advocate for any particular idea, model, organization, or agenda.
As a non-profit project, we receive funding from a variety of foundations (see right for a list of funders; we disclose the identities of all funders). We recognize that there are ethical concerns inherent in using philanthropy to fund journalism that explores efforts to advance solutions. The reality is that the ecosystems of philanthropy and social change are interconnected. It is, therefore, inevitable that some journalists we support will report on issues that involve our organization’s funders.
Our policy is to request that any journalist who receives support from us use his/her ethical judgment to navigate potential conflicts of interests on a case by case basis, in consultation with their editors. We request that journalists who we fund disclose any potential conflicts of interest in their published work.
Some of our funders are large scale foundations that have supported thousands of organizations in dozens of fields. If journalists who received funding from us had to avoid reporting on any of them, it would be a disservice to readers as it would force them to exclude much of the social innovation in society.
The Solutions Journalism Network accepts financial support from foundations and individual donors only when they agree at the outset that they have no control over what journalism projects receive support and that all funding relationships are disclosed publicly on our website.