ANF supports independent, watchdog journalism to inform and educate in North America and beyond

We are a 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting news outlets that provide coverage on a local level and strive to achieve exceptional journalism.

Fiscal Sponsorship Projects

ANF provides fiscal sponsorship for fledgling news outlets, established local news providers, and those looking to start news operations to serve local communities

“Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."

ANF News & Announcements

ANF Announces Ellen J. Meany as First Executive Director

ANF Announces Ellen J. Meany as First Executive Director     WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Alternative Newsweekly Foundation (ANF) is pleased to announce the appointment of  Ellen J. Meany as its first-ever executive director. Ellen brings decades of relevant experience to this role, most recently serving as the organization’s president, and guiding ANF into its current form as fiscal sponsor to independent news organizations throughout the country.       A graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Ellen worked at community newspapers in New York and Illinois before settling into her longtime role as creative director with Isthmus alt weekly in Madison, Wisconsin. She served on the board of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) for ten years, as its inaugural design chair and then as treasurer.       Most recently, Ellen has been the publisher at The American Prospect, a nationally renowned nonprofit public policy magazine, where she built a digital

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Project Tips & Announcements

6 Steps to Writing a Compelling Fundraising Story

The individual donor:nonprofit relationship is emotion based. Supporters consciously choose your organization to make their tax-deductible gift from the myriad of choices because your mission matches their value system.    This is different from the subscriber:publication relationship which is fee

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Cultivate New Donors with LinkedIn Features & Tips

A key to fundraising success and organization sustainability is reaching younger donors, specifically Generations Y/millennials (1981-1996) and Z. (1997-2012). Now is the time to create an emotional connection and investment in your organization as they enter and/or grow in the

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