Media Democracy Fund

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"The Media Democracy Fund (MDF) works with foundations, companies, philanthropic advisors, and individual donors to award grants that protect the public’s rights in a digital age. MDF’s deep expertise in media and technology and our partnerships with publicinterest and civil society organizations around the world enable us to guide our funding partners through a rapidly changing set of issues and develop strategies that support equity in the digital age. The Fund is a US-­‐based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization housed at the New Venture Fund. " [1]

The Media Democracy Fund (MDF) "is a newly formed foundation and donor collaborative in support of media reform and media democracy. The fund grew out of research conducted by the Ford Foundation, the Phoebe Haas Charitable Trust, and the Albert A. List Foundation on how to increase philanthropic investment in media policy, and is rooted in the belief that freedom of expression and access to information are necessary elements to civil society and basic human rights. MDF is an active member of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media's Media Policy Working Group, which offers a range of excellent resources for donors and grantees." [1] Launch Press Release

Initiating Foundations

Accessed March 2008: [2]

First Round of Grants

Accessed March 2008: [3]

MDF's 2006 grantees.

Total: $545,000. An additional $100,000 has been set aside for a Rapid Response Fund.

2007 Rapid Response Fund Grants



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  1. About MDF, Proteus Fund, accessed March 17, 2008.
  2. About MDF, Proteus Fund, accessed March 17, 2008.
  3. 2006 Grants, Proteus Fund, accessed March 17, 2008.