Free Press believes that a vibrant, diverse and independent media is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.
Free Press closely watches as the decisions shaping the media landscape are made and sounds the alarm when people’s rights to connect and communicate are in danger. It focuses on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism. Its independence is paramount: Free Press is funded solely by contributions from individuals and charitable foundations.
Free Press’ 1.4 million members fight for everyone’s rights to connect and communicate. They visit and call lawmakers, protest in the streets, sign petitions and tell their stories about how media and tech policies impact their lives, submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission, amplify debates about media and tech on social media, and donate to keep Free Press’ work going strong. With its members, Free Press disrupts hate and disinformation online, addresses racism in the media, stops media mega-mergers, fights unjust decisions by the FCC in court, pioneers solutions to the local news crisis, protects freedom of the press, and fights tirelessly for Net Neutrality, privacy, free speech and universal, affordable internet access.
About Our Grants
In 2020, the Woodcock Foundation awarded Free Press a three-year, $750,000 general operating grant. Free Press is dedicated to protecting our rights to connect and communicate, including diverse and competitive media ownership, broadband affordability and accessibility, an open Internet, and preserving funding for public broadcasting. Free Press is also committed to deepening its engagement with its members, by inspiring them to take actions online and in the field, as well as amplifying the voices of disenfranchised communities. In 2022, the Foundation also awarded a $25,000 general operating grant in response to inflation and made a one-time $15,000 grant for capacity building to support efforts to increase security at Free Press.