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Like interactive storytelling? Join our next Documenting Impact discussion

MIF Research and Strategy Director Jessica Clark will lead an engaging dialogue about three projects that are changing the way we think about race, justice and rural America. The Counted, Hollow, and Question Bridge—three of our 2016 Media Impact Festival winners—span a range of interactive techniques, including participatory reporting, physical installations, and personalized digital experiences. Don't miss this chance to connect with the projects' producers.

When: Thursday, Sept. 22 | Noon-1 p.m. EST

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Van Jones shares his vision for achieving equality

Van Jones quotes Prince
CNN commentator and civil-rights activist Van Jones talks to philanthropists and educators at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia last month.
On July 24, the night before the opening of the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia, Van Jones—CNN commentator, social activist, author and president & co-founder of The Dream Corps—offered his candid thoughts on the state of our increasingly divided nation at an event organized by MIF. He also shared his vision of what’s possible in the field of social justice by working across the political spectrum. His comments are breathing life into our national conversations around racial and political divides.
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The Look of Silence and the collapse of fear in Indonesia

Last month, we had the opportunity to sit down with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and Rebecca Lichtenfeld, director for social impact at the Bertha Foundation, to discuss the film that bore witness to and helped initiate the end of 50 years of silence after the 1965 Indonesia genocide.

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Important updates on Foundation Maps for Media Funding

  • We unveiled this new data mapping tool in June. Is your data on the map? If not, learn how to e-report directly to the Foundation Center. It's easy as 1, 2, 3.
  • Beth Kanter, everyone's favorite nonprofit communicator, likes the map. Thanks, Beth!
  • Will you be at the Online News Association (ONA) conference in Denver? MIF team members Sarah Armour-Jones and Jessica Clark will be giving demos of the tool. Stop by to see the map in action and learn more about how it can help you.

A special message to funders: We're going to PopTech. Join us!

We are pleased to once again extend a special invitation from our friends at PopTech to attend their inspiring festival of ideas, which takes place Oct. 20 to 22 in Camden, Maine. This year, the conference celebrates its 20th anniversary with a program to address race, justice, politics and other highly relevant issues. As usual, the conference will harness intelligence from the fields of culture, technology, science and social innovation.

To that end, PopTech is offering a deeply discounted rate for funders attending through Media Impact Funders. 

The deadline for this generous offer is 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 2. We hope to see you in Camden.
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Last week, we attended the screening and discussion of All the Difference at the offices of WHYY, the PBS/NPR local affiliate here in Philadelphia. The film, directed by Tod Lending, follows the lives of two Chicago teens over five years as they defy the odds of graduating high school and pursuing a higher education. MIF board member Joy Thomas Moore and her son Wes helped produce this film, which provides a much-needed voice to the many low-income Americans who face steep challenges on their path to higher education. Congratulations to Joy and Wes on this important film. And don't miss the film's broadcast premiere on PBS POV on Sept. 12. 
B Lab is a business engine for social good, and its conductors are tackling the world's most pressing challenges. Meet the winner of this year's John P. McNulty Prize.
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After the political conventions, it's time for foundations to focus on change.

Does philanthropy have a role in changing police culture? Just ask the Heinz Endowments.

Using TV & film to advance your cause (no ad budget required). Thoughts from Neill Coleman of the Rockefeller Foundation on AndACTION, a nonprofit that connects causes to upcoming relevant TV and film storylines.
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