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The mission of The Baltimore Banner is to be an indispensable resource that strengthens, unites, and inspires our Baltimore community. We accomplish this through trustworthy quality journalism that tells the varied stories of our people, holds our leaders accountable, and delivers local news that readers are willing to support.

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For those looking to support the mission of The Baltimore Banner, we are powered by our community of readers and donors as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We rely on the generous support of individuals and institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, and beyond to become one of the region’s largest and most diverse newsrooms.

If you decide to invest in our independent, local journalism, your gift will be used as follows:

  • Your contributions directly support the work of the newsroom.
  • Unrestricted gifts enhance our coverage and enable important innovations in presenting the news.
  • Donors can also support broad editorial strands set forth by our editors. As examples, foundations and corporations can support more robust investigative reporting on issues we cover, underwrite digital access for populations that cannot afford subscriptions and are most in need of information, or support digital news delivery innovations.

Your gifts translate into real impact and better outcomes for the communities we cover. Read more about The Banner's impact here.

The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism is the 501(c)3 nonprofit umbrella and publisher of The Baltimore Banner. The Institute’s tax identification number is 86-1715499.

For questions about supporting The Baltimore Banner, please contact giving@thebaltimorebanner.org. You can also read more in our Gift Acceptance Policy. You can access our Guidestar profile here.

Founding Members: Leading the Charge for Quality Local Journalism

Dedicated individuals and organizations from our community who are supporting the mission and vision of The Baltimore Banner can become Founding Members by contributing a minimum of $2,500 annually to help us realize the mission.

Founding Members enjoy recognition on our website as those critical “first supporters” of The Banner. They also receive special early invitations to exclusive in-person and virtual events featuring our editors and reporters, along with special limited-run Baltimore Banner items designed exclusively for Founders. Become a Founding Member today! Help us to envision a new and revitalized model for delivering local news for Baltimore and its community members.

Thanking Our Supporters

Below we are proud to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and institutions that are supporting The Baltimore Banner!

This list will be updated regularly. We endeavor to ensure its accuracy; however if you notice errors or omissions, please email us at: giving@thebaltimorebanner.org

Institutional Supporters

$500,000+

Bunting Family Foundation
Jack Dwyer and CFG Bank
Goldseker Foundation*

$250,000+

Ford Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Sherman Family Foundation*

$100,000+

Abell Foundation*
Charlene and Bruce Bainum, through Fidelity Charitable
Bainum Family Foundation
The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation*
Google News Initiative
Patricia and Mark Joseph, The Shelter Foundation*
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

$50,000+

The Annie E. Casey Foundation*
The Richman Foundation*

$10,000+

Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
Wildbasil Fund, through Vanguard Charitable


Individual Supporters

$100,000+ Founding Members

Roberta Bainum, through the Greater Washington Community Foundation
Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff

$10,000+ Founding Members—Headline Level

Dana M. DiCarlo and J. Scott Plank
Nancy Dorman and Stan Mazaroff
Barbara Shapiro, The Barbara and Sig Shapiro Philanthropic Fund

$5,000+ Founding Members—Byline Level

Anonymous
Susan Anthony
Martin Knott
Robyne Lyles and Mark Thistle, FreedomCar
Maria and Rick Martinez
Corry Prohens
Vicky and Brett Rogers
Michael Rosenbaum and Amy Kiesel
Lynn Venetoulis

$2,500+ Founding Members—Beat Level

Anonymous
Bruce and Polly Behrens
Gary Ditto, Who... a staffing company
Kelly Ennis, The Verve Partnership
Pat Lasher and Richard Jacobs
Beth Lebow
Rob Moxley
Connie and Imtiaz Patel
Prugh Family Fund
David Simon
Southway Builders Charitable Trust, Inc.
Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff and John Meyerhoff
Priscilla and Jim Walters
Grant Whitmore
Laura Whitney and John Ford
Kimi Yoshino

$1,000+

David S. Bliden and Susanne Brogan
Kristine and Michael Booth-Smets
Allison Buchalter
Benedicte Clouet and Eric Ulken
Marilynn Duker
J.P. Grant
Nancy S. Grasmick
Sandra Hess
Erik Hummel
William (Bill) L. Jews
Kenneth and Bonny Lewis
Charles Obrecht
Scott Smith
Amy and Bill Warren
DeWayne Wickham
Crickett and Brad Woloson
Leon Vainikos

* Indicates a multi-year gift

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FAQs

Yes, The Banner’s parent organization, The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism, was granted nonprofit status by the IRS in August 2021; our tax identification number is 86-1715499. The Baltimore Banner is our signature publication and is operated under this nonprofit umbrella.

Thank you! Checks can be made out to The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism or The Baltimore Banner. Our mailing address is: 621 East Pratt Street, Suite 401, Baltimore MD 21202.

At present, we accept outright gifts of cash, multi-year pledges, and appreciated securities. The Banner is also open to receiving gifts in kind, particularly as part of a broader corporate partnership.

To access or manage your donor information, you can do so with our Donor Dashboard. Open any of the emails you have received acknowledging your donations to The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism. These are sent each time you contribute with the subject line "Donation Receipt - we appreciate your generosity!". Click on "View your donation history" in the email. You will be directed to your dashboard. Click on "Recurring Donations" to manage or cancel.

Thank you for your support! You can make a secure online gift using the form above. You can read more about how The Baltimore Banner handles your sensitive information by viewing our Terms of Services polices.

We would be happy to facilitate gifts of securities. Please contact our philanthropy team at giving@thebaltimorebanner.org to receive transfer instructions.

The cost of subscriptions is not tax deductible. Donations to The Baltimore Banner are tax deductible, which is why you may have seen our tax ID number or other information related to charitable contributions on our website.

The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism is the 501c(3), nonprofit parent organization and publisher of The Baltimore Banner. The Banner is the first venture launched under the Institute’s leadership and is operated as a nonprofit news organization. It is possible that other media and news ventures may be initiated in the future alongside The Banner.

Thank you for being a loyal reader! Generous individuals who make gifts of all sizes understand that local journalism is the bedrock of our democracy. As an integral part of the future of The Banner, our contributing subscribers have the satisfaction of knowing they are prioritizing protecting this vital civic institution. Many donors contributing to The Banner do so to send a clear signal that the Baltimore community values independent, trustworthy news and information.

Our organization is listed on Guidestar as The Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism. You can also find us by searching for The Baltimore Banner or access our profile here: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/86-1715499.

All unrestricted gifts will be used to enhance our newsroom and editorial unit.

Our founder has committed publicly to contribute or raise $50 million to support The Baltimore Banner’s first four years of operations, ensuring a sound financial footing. $23 million has been provided already to The Banner for use during the first two years of operations. While that initial investment has been critical to our early growth and allowed us to become one of Maryland’s largest and most diverse newsrooms in our first year, the generous support of individuals and institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, and beyond is necessary to continue this important work. Over 4-5 years, our revenue model anticipates that approximately 15 percent of our annual operating budget will be funded by philanthropy.

The local journalism landscape has changed rapidly and significantly over the last couple of decades. Since 2005, research has indicated that local journalism jobs have declined by as much as 70%, due in large part to the shift to digital advertising. As news quality declined from for-profit outlets, many subscribers turned away frensued for communities with shrinking or absent local news infrastructure: less political engagement, increasing polarization, and a lack of accountability from politicians leading to overspending and corruption. The absence of local watchdog reporting has even been linked to an increase in corporate misconduct. To counter these concerning dynamics, many news startups with innovative revenue models have begun to take off across the country. The Baltimore Banner is one of them. We are working towards a diversified revenue model that acknowledges and adjusts for the changing realities of the industry.