MLK50: Justice Through Journalism follows the standards set by the Institute for Nonprofit News, including disclosing our largest donors. Those standards state:

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, grants and sponsorships 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 present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Donors over $5,000*


Anne Avis

Sylvia Goldsmith Marks Fund

The Burroughs Foundation

The Jeanne and Frank Jemison Fund

Kathleen Kingsbury and Brian Hindo

Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

Gayle Rose

Rebecca Wilson


Ellen Klyce

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

FedEx Foundation

Memphis Grizzlies Foundation

Wendi C. Thomas

The Yellow Chair Foundation


Emily Kaiser and Gene Bulmash

Community Change

Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund


Report for America


American Journalism Project 

Racial Equity in Journalism at Borealis Philanthropy

Emerson Collective

Inasmuch Foundation

Surdna Foundation 

The Ford Foundation

Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

We appreciate all our donors, no matter what amount they are able to contribute, because they help us carry on the legacy of our organization’s namesake. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today.

*Updated December 2021