A case for giving

Democracy Needs Journalism. Journalism Needs You.

In a time of extraordinary news and accelerating transformation of the media industry, Poynter’s role in elevating journalism and the people it serves has never been more critical.

Readers and viewers from around the globe turn to Poynter to explore the intersection of media, ethics, technology and trends that define and redefine journalism. From the impact of fact-checking in the 2016 campaign to events that explore the edge of digital transformation, Poynter remains steadfast in its mission to advance journalism and democracy during an age of profound change.

Together, we can ensure an informed electorate and a healthy democracy.

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Ways to Give Online

  • Journalism Needs You. Support Poynter.

    The role of accountability journalism has never been more important during this season of fake news and rapid claims. For more than four decades, The Poynter Institute has been highly regarded as a global leader in journalism excellence, training more than 100,000 journalists worldwide last year alone.

  • You Can Support the Future of Journalism — and Poynter

    “We can’t have democracy, as we know it,
    without a free press and that’s why
    Poynter is so important.”

    - Bob Schieffer
    Recipient of Poynter’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teachapalooza/Ken Carpenter Fund

    Ken Carpenter Memorial Fund

    Giving In honor of Ken Carpenter’s memory will support other educators who may need help attending future Teachapalooza programs. The Ken Carpenter Memorial Fund is a scholarship in his name to help other educators from community colleges attend Teachapalooza. Ken was an earlier supporter of the Teachapalooza program, attending 4 of the first 5 programs.

    Please choose an option below. If you would like to give a different amount, please contact us directly at seminars@poynter.org.

  • The Write Field - Poynter and the Tampa Bay Rays

    The Write Field is a dynamic program designed to improve the academic performance and life skills of selected middle school boys. We are pleased to be in the sixth year of the program, which meets one Saturday each month during the school year.

    You, too, can become part of The Write Field. For information about how to become a mentor or a participant or for more information about the program, please contact Poynter at 727-821-9494 or seminars@poynter.org.

  • The Fund for Digital Media Development

    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. Early next year I will retire as Poynter’s President after 25 years at the Institute, two decades in leadership, 10 years as chief executive.

    As I leave I want to see that others continue to find Poynter as a place that helps them dream and achieve.

  • 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 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.

  • The Poynter Institute Women in Leadership Scholarship

    Women In Media Leadership
    Mitra Kalita

    While the percentage of women in media careers has grown dramatically, journalism leadership positions are still held predominantly by men.

    The gains that women have made in journalism leadership have stagnated. Poynter is committed to reigniting that progress. Through the Women in Leadership Scholarship, Poynter will provide women with the opportunity to advance their leadership roles and to grow the scope, influence and impact of women leaders in journalism and the media.

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