INN Receives MacArthur Foundation Grant for Training, General Support

Encino, Calif., May 6, 2015 -- The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) has received $200,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for general support of INN and for video training for INN member groups.

This is the second year of MacArthur’s original grant of a total of $400,000. The first year’s $200,000 also provided general support and video training provided by the Bay Area Video Coalition.

“We deeply thank the MacArthur Foundation for its continued support of INN,” said Brant Houston, chair of the INN board of directors. “This ensures that we can once again offer education in shooting great video and provide other services to our members.”

With $50,000 from the grant, INN will join with the Bay Area Video Coalition, an INN member, to bring in reporters from around the country for a video workshop in San Francisco.

The week-long crash course teaches reporters with little or no video experience how to shoot and edit video on the devices they have access to in their newsrooms.

The grant will subsidize the reporters’ travel costs and the training, which likely will be in fall of 2015. The training also includes built-in support of participant filmmaking projects, with recurring check-ins and feedback sessions scheduled with the instructors over the three months following the course

About the Institute for Nonprofit News

The Institute for Nonprofit News (formerly the Investigative News Network) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in the nonprofit investigative and public service sector. INN was founded in 2009 to help the increasing number of nonprofit newsrooms produce and distribute stories with impact, achieve cost efficiencies by pooling resources, and develop new revenue streams to become sustainable businesses. For more, visit or follow us on Twitter @INN.

About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the largest private philanthropies based in the United States. The Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. For more, visit