On Tuesday, The Seattle Globalist was deeply honored to receive a major pooled fund Arts & Culture grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation (WWF).
“We are so grateful for the powerful and timely support, which comes at a critical moment in Seattle Globalist history, as well as a critical moment for our country, our city, and for journalism,” said Globalist Executive Director Jessica Partnow. “Being able to enter this new era with this award means we’re poised to take this challenge and turn it into greater impact in our communities.”
Last fall, when Globalist staff and board learned that they were losing significant institutional funding from the University of Washington, they launched the “#PowerYourMedia” fundraising campaign. In response, community supporters stepped up to commit monthly, quarterly, or annual gifts that paved a financial path forward. This mass support not only helped build predictable revenue, but positioned the Globalist to win the prestigious WWF award: $100,000 over the course of the next three years.
“This grant will enable the Globalist to build sustainability into the future,” said Partnow. “It also allows program staff to focus more on the mission-driven programs that make the biggest impact in the community. One that is at the heart of what we do is our youth apprenticeship program, where we train and mentor the next generation of diverse media leaders.”
As the Globalist enters a new era of independence, our mission of elevating diverse voices through media will remain strong with new organizational stability. It’s great news in this political climate, when you need a lot of muscle to break barriers to entry in media for women, immigrants and people of color.
And with a little more help from dedicated readers like you, we’ll be able to relaunch the Globalist Youth Apprenticeship Program, a paid training and mentorship opportunity for young, diverse, aspiring journalists, whose alumni are making a ripple in media and our communities.
Want to see young journalists of color rise? Consider becoming a Globalist sustainer to support our youth apprentices and making a monthly donation today.
Learn more about the impact of the Globalist Youth Apprenticeship Program from alumnus Esmy herself as she shares in a powerful acceptance speech from the Washington Women’s Foundation special awards ceremony on Tuesday night: