Your Wins, Your Rights, Your Fights
In 2016 we scored some amazing wins in the fight for your rights to connect and communicate.
We ended the year facing a new political reality. We’re moving fast to safeguard our victories — and standing in solidarity with communities under attack.
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Free Press helped secure historic Net Neutrality rules at the FCC in 2015
The impact? You’re free to share and access information online — without fear of internet service providers getting in your way.
In 2016, we defended the rules against multiple attacks
Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon tried to overturn the FCC’s rules via a federal lawsuit and damaging legislation. With you by our side we defeated these companies at every turn.
News Voices: Reinventing Journalism
By bringing communities and newsrooms together, our News Voices project is finding new ways to cover stories that matter, amplify previously excluded voices and refocus on local needs.
Holding the Media Accountable
Free Press stands up for journalists and free speech. But we aren’t afraid to critique the media when it’s doing more harm than good.
Promoting Policy Solutions
Free Press provided roadmaps for getting everyone online — and protecting your digital rights.
Your Rights Are in Jeopardy
The Trump team and its enablers pose a serious and immediate threat to our friends and families, our loved ones and our neighbors. We need the open internet to organize online and fight back, but the administration wants to roll back all of our victories — starting with Net Neutrality.
Corporate Power Is Becoming More Concentrated — and You’re Paying the Price
Just two companies, Charter and Comcast, now control nearly two-thirds of the nation’s high-speed internet subscribers. And now AT&T wants to buy Time Warner in a deal that would be one of the biggest media mergers ever.
Mass Spying Threatens Your Privacy
We can expect a major expansion of the surveillance state under Trump. We’re working with allies to engage Muslims, undocumented immigrants, communities of color, whistleblowers and others whose civil liberties and privacy are under threat.
In the News
Free Press kept your rights to connect and communicate in the spotlight, earning more than 1,100 media hits in 2016.
Coverage of our work appeared in major outlets like the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, Reuters, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
President and CEO
Chief Operating Officer
Mary Alice Crim
C. Edwin Baker Policy Fellow
Government Relations Manager
Jessica J. González*
Deputy Director and Senior Counsel
Senior Director of Strategy
Foundation Relations Manager
Journalism Program Director
Associate Development Director
Misty Perez Truedson
Special Assistant to the President and CEO
Journalism Campaign Director
James L. Thompson
Senior External Affairs Director
S. Derek Turner
Digital Campaigner and Kairos Fellow
Board of Directors
Free Press President and CEO
Executive Director, Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology
Former FCC Commissioner
Olga M. Davidson
Professor at Wellesley College
President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication
New Media Mentors Project Director
Ben Scott, Chair
Senior Adviser to New America’s Open Technology Institute
Robert W. McChesney
Media scholar at the University of Illinois
CEO of United Republic
Free Press raised $4,405,586 in donations in 2016, from 250 unique donors, with contributions ranging from $5 to $2,100,000. Several grants are multi-year. The average Free Press donation was $17,622.
Free Press Action Fund raised $882,799 in donations in 2016, from 3,956 unique donors, with contributions ranging from $3 to $250,000. Two grants are multi-year. The average Action Fund donation was $223.
Top Foundation Partners
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Community Foundation of New Jersey
Craig Newmark Fund
craigslist Charitable Fund
CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy
Democracy Fund Voice
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund (Bright Horizon Fund)
Foundation to Promote Open Society
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Leland Fikes Foundation
New Venture Fund (Media Democracy Fund)
Paul Gallant Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
Schwab Charitable Fund
Sixteen Thirty Fund (Media Democracy Fund)
Steve and Paula Child Foundation
Sy Syms Foundation
The Kaphan Foundation
Voqal Funding Group
William B. Wiener Jr. Foundation
2016 Financial Year in Review*
|Temporarily Restricted Contributions||$||2,432,500|
|Investment and Other Income||$||18,999|
|Internet Freedom and Press Freedom Programs||$||2,208,254|
|Management and Governance||$||195,176|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year:||$||2,059,473|
|Net Assets at Year End:||$||3,725,989|
Free Press Action Fund
|Temporarily Restricted Contributions||$||435,000|
|Internet Freedom and Press Freedom Programs||$||526,972|
|Management and Governance||$||39,729|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year:||$||299,362|
|Net Assets at Year End:||$||530,869|