The Journalism Funders Forum is an open community of European funders working together to ensure more effective and impactful funding of journalism in Europe. It was founded by the European Journalism Centre in 2017, was hosted in 2021-22 by GFMD, and is now hosted by Philea.

What we do

We serve the journalism funding field in Europe through three strands of work:

  1. Improve learning and knowledge about journalism funding across Europe.
  2. Increase the number and diversity of – and connections between – journalism funders in Europe
  3. Help to build a more effective, transparent and equitable funding environment for journalism in Europe

We do this primarily through:

  1. our regular newsletter, which explores key and emerging trends in journalism funding and public interest journalism in Europe
  2. online and in-person events for funders, including expert briefings, deep thematic dives, and joint sessions with other funder networks
  3. research and other resources that we create, commission or curate

JFF events are usually held under the Chatham House rule to encourage candour.

JFF does not assist or advise organisations or individuals looking for funding, and we will not connect grantseekers with JFF members. All our events are no-solicitation – in other words, they must not be used for fundraising.

Who supports the JFF?

The Journalism Funders Forum is kindly supported by the following funders:

  • Adessium Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Isocrates Foundation
  • Limelight Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Schöpflin Stiftung
  • Stichting Democratie en Media

If you would like to discuss joining them in supporting the JFF with funding or in other ways, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

For its startup period, the JFF also received funding from the News Integrity Initiative.