Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.


Donor Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts and grants from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence. 

City Bureau has received support upward of $5,000 from the following organizations:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Conant Family Foundation
Democracy Fund
The Dow Jones Foundation
The Field Foundation
The Knight Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Reva and David Logan Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Voqal Fund

For more information on how City Bureau uses individual and foundation support,
subscribe to our newsletter and see select posts from our blog below:

Investing in Our Documenters = Investing in Our Community  

On June 22, City Bureau was awarded a $50,000 prototype grant from Democracy Fund and the Knight Foundation — here’s what we plan to do next (June 27, 2017)

Disruptors or Repairers?

How City Bureau Fits in the Local Media Landscape (June 15, 2017)

What 100K Can Do for Civic Journalism in Chicago 

Ensuring that growth is sustainable and accountable to the people (April 13, 2017)

This is What You Get for Reporting in the Open  

Finding the unexpected at a City Bureau open house (August 23, 2016)

Interested in supporting our nonprofit newsroom, donate today or connect with our staff: info@citybureau.org