A case for giving

Support the Important Work of Journalism

A gift to the Poynter Institute is an investment in the journalism that strengthens democracy.

Journalists who leave Poynter are more attuned to the stories that matter to their communities and better equipped to tell them.

We cannot settle for talk radio. We cannot rely upon shouting commentators. We dare not stand by while those with agendas hijack our country’s discourse with half-truths and outright falsehoods.

Your support of Poynter makes clear your belief that the work of our democracy is too complex and too important for us to be informed by anything less than the very best journalism we can get.

Poynter is working to make sure we get the journalism we need. You can help us make sure that happens.

Ways to Give Online

  • Buy a Commemorative Brick

    Honor a mentor or remember a loved one. A personalized brick in Poynter’s courtyard costs $250. All donations support scholarships and Poynter programs. Leave your mark.

  • Leadership Giving: The President's Circle

    Become a member of Poynter’s premiere leadership giving society. Annual leadership gifts help us provide opportunities for journalism students, attract and retain distinguished faculty and develop innovative academic programming.

  • The Fund for Digital Media Development


    Aspiration: The will to reach, hope for a meaningful result, a strong desire to achieve something great

    Poynter fuels aspirations and has done so for nearly 40 years.

    Those who touch Poynter find what they need to know, meet colleagues with like-minded goals and gain inspiration to strive on.

    Over the years I have heard others tell what Poynter means to them, but I also have my story. I came to Poynter in 1985 to attend a seminar for educators.

  • Sponsor a Scholarship

    Many of our participants have seen their organizations’ training budgets evaporate, hampering their ability to grow their skills or deepen their knowledge. New technologies and organizational downsizings are making the need for training in leadership, multi-media, writing and editing, and the core values of journalism even more vital.

  • Memorial Contributions

    Eugene Patterson Memorial Fund

    Honor Gene’s memory, as his family suggests, with a contribution to Poynter. A donation in Gene’s name will support all Poynter programs, including on-site and online teaching, student programs and community events.

    The Naughton Fellowships

    A three-year project to raise $250,000 to reinstitute and sustain a program that produced a succession of outstanding journalists and leaders who served a one-year fellowship at Poynter.org. The program is named for its founder and former Poynter president Jim Naughton, who passed away in August 2012.

Other Ways to Give

  • Planned Giving: The Nelson Poynter Circle

    The Nelson Poynter Circle acknowledges those who have made plans for The Poynter Institute through trust, estate or other future gifts. Named for Mr. Poynter, who founded the institute through his own estate plans, the circle recognizes the vital role benefactors play in the institute’s emergence as the global center for journalism education. Legacy gifts will help us ensure the future of the institute. Contact Director of Development, Elisa Jackson at (727) 553-4676 or ejackson@poynter.org.

  • Sponsor an Event: Community Conversation

    Your sponsorship allows you and members of the community to spend an evening with world-class speakers and thought-provoking topics. Poynter’s popular “Community Conversations” and writing workshops benefit the institute’s student journalists. Held several times a year, the public events are designed to provide citizens with an opportunity to engage with featured journalists. For more information, contact Elisa Jackson at (727) 553-4676 or ejackson@poynter.org.


This course gave me the practical tools I need to go back to my job and take action.

Rachel Nixon
2010 Seminar Participant, Digital Skills and Strategies for Today's Managers