Incredibly hard working staff, with a clear mission to defend and preserve important issues that are under more threat than ever before. Whether it is net neutrality, freedom of press, equitable access to technology for all, the brilliant people at Free Press work tirelessly to help make the world a better place for all of us, one day at a time.
Media Reform can seem like a huge complicated issue - you want to influence what you see, improve the media coming to you and your family - but how to get involved and make your voice heard? The answer is Free Press, I have donated to them for years and years, attended their conferences, and enjoyed watching them win the long haul legal cases to create/recreate a more free press. Your money will make a difference, and after you donate, get involved with the wonderful folks of Free Press.
My name is Prina Jackson & I've been hearing about Free Press for years now. I use to get emails in my inbox but it stopped years back. I didn't remember until I got an email recently & I was so happy to see them still hanging in because I know it's been rough. I donated like I always wanted to & it felt good having the money to do so. Keep up the good work I am with you.
I first began working with Free Press as a volunteer activist when the organization first started and now I am a proud boardmember. I cannot speak highly enough of this organization that has continued to grow and evolve over the years. Their tireless work towards protecting journalism and restructuring our media system according to core values of democracy and equity provides rays of hope during these dark political times.
I have been proudly involved with Free Press since its beginning. Over the years - as a volunteer activist, as a paid staffer, and now, as a board member - I have watched the organization grow while consistently taking on some of the most important battles for social justice in the US--issues involving racism in our media systems, censorship, surveillance, net neutrality, media ownership, the future of journalism, and many others. During these dark years of government and corporate attacks against our most vital information and communication systems, we need Free Press more than ever before.
I am proud to continue as a member of the Free Press Board. Free Press is an organization that makes a difference—solid, concrete progress—when it comes to media, the internet, broadband adoption, journalism, and freedom of the press. Essential work.
Free Press does the work to uncover and expose the frequent and always insidious attempts by corporations in control of our media (and government) to silence and suppress the public's voice. Free Press alerts the public to these dangerous threats to our Constitutional right to freedom of the press and freedom of speech so we are informed and can take ACTION. I depend on Free Press to keep me informed and help me be an advocate for press freedoms, equitable internet access, and putting a brake on corporate control of our media.
I am happy to contribute to an organization that works in favor of the people, and they aren't afraid to show this up front. Free Press, truly helps to enrich lives and give a voice to those who are unable to individually. I will be a donor for life.
I support because this is a truthful and necessary voice of and for our people!
Free Press is doing vital work to make information and media a tool to strengthen our democracy instead of undermine it.
Also, as a donor, clear and informative emails can be make-or-break in terms of whether I support an organization, and Free Press does a great job.
Communications policy is complicated, opaque, and significant for every aspect of our society. I trust Free Press to stay on top of what's going on and make solid decisions about how best to intervene in support of democracy. In so doing, they work in collaboration, build coalitions, and provide regular reports on their activity. That's why I support them.
Incredibly hard working staff, with a clear mission to defend and preserve net neutrality, freedom of the press and equitable access to technology for all .
This is why I support the great nonprofit
Thank goodness for those hard working folks at Free Press who are trying to defend and preserve net neutrality and freedom of the press. These people work tirelessly to make the world we live in a better place for all.
These guys do great work!
They do an excellent job of breaking down complex issues and helping me stay informed. In this time of turmoil, we need as many clear voices as we can get. Free Press is an important source for me.
Free Press has been an amazing collaborator with our Philadelphia based non-profit over the years. The staff team has deep expertise, they strive for respect of community and local knowledge, and they are focused on making meaningful impacts. They also go beyond the work of a lot of current online organizing, and get out in the field to work directly with communities.
*Free Press* says it all. The First Amendment is under attack by the Trump WH. Defense of the amendment and the free press is vital to the continuation of democracy.
Free Press fights for Net Neutrality and that's why I support. Without a free and fair internet, the voice of the individual can not be heard for the noise of the rich and powerful.
I support “Free Press” because they are fighting to preserve our rights to a free press and to restore the an open internet that the Trump administration has taken from us.
FreePress.net is a bulwark against those who would destroy the only industry protected from government and corporate oppression by the Constitution. They investigate and hold accountable those who weaken safety nets to protect the environment, the people's health, and equal protection under the law, among others. They are vital to "promote the general welfare" as reflected in the Constitution. Currently, they are committed warriors in defense of Net Neutrality, so that control of this taxpayer supported creation remains open to ALL with no control by corporate infrastructure overlords.
The only true guardian of our freedom and democracy is a well-informed public. Free Press belongs to the core organizations necessary to maintain our democracy and freedom. Please support them!
Free Press has provided me with valuable information and insights of events her in the United States. I value their thoughts and opinions.
It's been so wonderful working with Alicia & the News Voices: North Carolina team! We are honored to support an organization doing such timely and necessary work.
I am so lucky to know and work with Alicia Bell and Free Press. Alicia's knowledge and love of our community has only strengthened our goals of making Charlotte a better place. Her writing and speaking skills are phenomenal and motivate me to continue my activism.
I have been so blessed to work alongside Alicia in Charlotte. Alicia is deeply rooted in local community, plugged in to the larger community, and is skilled and knowledgeable about organizing. Having FreePress working locally has been a huge benefit to our community, and I'm thankful that the organization and organizer are here.
Free Press isn’t just an organization that’s nice to have. It’s an organization we MUST have. It fights with energy, expertise, and excellence for media and an internet that nourish a real civic dialogue and help build democracy. Without media reform, there can be no real reform. Thank you, Free Press!
Free Press is the best! Ethical, engaging, interested in the communities it serves and in empowering the constituencies it works with to become more involved in civic affairs and more effective at identifying our needs and wants at both personal and community levels; at advocating for what is important to us and for spreading the word about what we think and feel.
Furthermore, Free Press is a family affair! Multiple family member engagement is always welcome at Free Press events and activities.
I really love Free Press. Its staff are awesome and its founder Craig Aaron is one of the most amazing people I know. It's wonderful to walk into a Free Press event and find Craig on site, interested in every aspect of what's going on and what people are getting out of the information and networking opportunities being shared.
These people do amazing work bringing truth and justice back into American society. The NCMR conference was one of the most incredible experience of my life and revolutionized my two sons' thinking. We came away connected, empowered, knowing what needs to be done to make positive social change happen and understanding that the time to act is now. Everyone in the world should have a Free Press in their lives.
I'm a regular (though, unfortunately, small!) donor to Free Press. I'm very selective about the organizations that I donate to. I want my dollars to go to the most effective organizations out there. Free Press has been at the forefront of the battle to save Net Neutrality. They go all-out, run smart campaigns, and never give up. I'm always happy when I see Free Press mentioned in news stories as among the leading organizations coming to the rescue of Net Neutrality. Thank you, Free Press!
Pound for pound, Free Press is perhaps the most effective organization in American tech policy. It is also the best-managed organization that I have ever been a part of.
Free Press is one of my most important contributions for the simple reason that without a free and open internet, without net neutrality, without freedom of speech, then all other causes are almost impossible to fight for. A citizen cannot get information or spread the word about ANYTHING if a company or a government is able to cut her off from the internet because they disagree with his opinion, don't want him to learn about certain issues or choose to make her pay extra for access. When it comes to saving the planet from climate change or fighting the spread of fascism, nothing is more fundamental than an open internet. That's why I support Free Press!
Free Press has been such a resource to our public library where I work and a nonprofit that I help coordinate. I attended a conference on storytelling and journalism, which has helped the library shape our media literacy efforts and connected us to local journalists. Additionally, Free Press has collaborated to bring a new lens on how to interact with media and offer a perspective on history learned. I can't thank Free Press enough for being a part of our community and for the collaborations that intersects our public sector.
I am glad to have partnered with Free Press as a community member and organizer! It has helped strengthen my work in making it holistic and realizing how important it is to engage media in a way that allows it to be a more of partnership instead of an us vs. them scenario.
I first got involved with Free Press for an initiative in my home state of New Jersey, which was the NJ Civic Information Consortium bill. It gave me an opportunity to not only present my views before our state assembly, but also encouraged my to meet with my state and national elected officials on other Free Press initiatives, such as Net Neutrality.
As I became even more involved, I participated in calling small businesses across the country (who petitioned the FCC on the importance of Net Neutrality) to contact their local Congresspersons.
I now am a member of a National team, that is working on combating other issues such as Hate Speech, Fake News / Propaganda.
I highly recommend that anyone, who wants to make a change for the better in America, get involved with Free Press. The people are great, and you can truly approach today's negative issues in a positive and productive manner.
I am rating and writing from the viewpoint of a volunteer. This is one of the best organizations to volunteer for. The staff is supportive, communicative, listens to ideas and concerns, and basically treats us as part of the team. Free Press is also really great about acknowledging volunteers' efforts.
The work Free Press is doing to protect a free media, the internet, and to expand the voices of communities is incredibly important if we are to have a democracy. They are making a difference.
Adding to this review as we near the end of the year because I feel that Alison Brzenchek, Campaign Organizer & Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, deserves special notice. Alison has consistently supported, challenged, and included volunteers in her campaigns from start to finish. Largely because of Alison's passion, I am looking forward to participating in the new initiatives from Free Press and Alison that are building community and coalitions on the ground, on college campuses, and in the technology sector.
Thank you, Jacqui, for all of your hard work! It's fantastic to have you working by our side. Go TI!
I am a new volunteer to Free Press via Team Internet and Net Neutrality. I've been involved with politics and non-profits of various sorts for over 40 years. I am finding working with the people from Free Press and the other volunteers one of the easiest and best experiences I've had. Everyone is very supportive and just plain nice. I hope that there will be ongoing opportunities for me with Free Press. I'd urge anyone who cares about the issues they address to volunteer.
I've worked with Free Press as a volunteer and moderator on their text team, and as a volunteer on help desk. I appreciate how intersectional their net neutrality activism is, especially on the front of combating racial inequality. When I'm working with the organizers and other volunteers, I feel like I'm part of a team, and I feel like I'm making a difference.
Free Press helped save our community newspaper by connecting us with resources to strengthen our organization and gain visibility. They do great work and we will be forever grateful to them for helping improve the news ecosystem in New Jersey!
I learned everything I know about the importance of net neutrality from Free Press! The information they provide is unbiased and easy to digest, and helps me get the message out to my own network. Free Press in Florence also connected me to Free Press in Camden, NJ, where there is a great campaign to bring back community news to silenced communities.
As a board member, I am proud to say that Free Press is a first rate organization -- a pioneer in the field of public education and advocacy in media and communications policy. No other organization in the country working on these topics combines a commitment to public engagement and organizing with a sophisticated research and advocacy team at the federal level (and in some states too!). They connect the dots between the core principles of American democracy -- freedom of the press, an open marketplace of ideas, and civil rights & liberties -- with the laws and regulations that shape our media and communications system. From supporting more and better public journalism to digital divide, net neutrality, and universal access to communications -- Free Press is on top of the most important media and communications policy facing the nation. They are a go-to for public spirited citizens interested in the role of media and technology in democratic society.
Our local group of citizen activists held a public program entitled "Freedom of the Press in the Age of Fake News: Sinclair Broadcasting, the FCC and Citizen Action." Brandon Forester, a community organizer and activist for Free Press, graciously agreed to be a featured speaker. He generously donated his time and expertise to our group. His presentation, including slides and video clips, was informative, entertaining and engaging. Our members were impressed with how he explained some of the more "wonky" issues concerning FCC rules. He answered questions from the public with ease. His suggestions for planning and taking action were helpful. We have scheduled a demonstration against Sinclair Broadcasting as a program follow-up. Our audience members had nothing but praise for Brandon. Thank you, Brandon and Free Press, for being such a wonderful resource for enlightening the public about threats to our First Amendment rights, and about how to effectively advocate for those rights!
What a fantastic story, thank you so much for hosting Brandon and for all of your work to defeat Sinclair!
I have volunteered with Free Press for about two months now supporting their fight for Net Neutrality. I am impressed with their ability to organize, their level of energy and their ability to connect and involve people on this issue. The staff is easy to work with and supportive of their volunteers.
I have volunteered with Free Press for a little while now, and I have to say, I'm extremely happy with the work they/we are doing! The people are absolutely wonderful! They are all nice, caring, professional and hard-working people! They don't spew propaganda out to us, nor encourage us to, putting down or putting on a pedestal one party or the other.. They just care about the CORE ISSUES! I can not speak more highly of the people behind the scenes. I really can not. I'm a disabled citizen, so giving money is kind of hard. My input in the organization is this volunteer work. I will be volunteering my time with Free Press and its affiliates for as long as I can and as long as they will have me! I encourage everyone everywhere to look into the mission(s) of Free Press, and help out where YOU can, too! We all have to stick together to fight for a free and open Internet, an unbiased media, and so much more! A++++++ organization!!!
Thank you, infamy, for all of your hard work and your passion! It's people like you, telling your stories to decision-makers and banding together, creating a major people-driven force to be reckoned with! P.S. Love your Husky snap!!
I am a volunteer for Free Press' Team Internet (which fights to protect Net Neutrality). So, I can attest to their work with this cause.
This organization's group has shown to very effective in increasing the awareness of the cause, getting supporters to attend town halls/in-district events in their areas, and conveying the message for a free and open internet to congress members. This can be attributed to its inclusive, collaborative structure, and the fact that there are different tasks that volunteers can help with and they have the freedom to suggests better strategies to improve the outcome of the volunteers' efforts.
Free Press is a Washington, DC lobbying shop that lobbies for the corporations that directly and indirectly support it. It does not lobby for "civil rights" but rather for corporate interests - primarily those of large Internet monopolies such as Google, Netflix, and Facebook, which channel "dark money" to it through foundations and opaque 501(c)(4)s. It is a fake "public interest" group and should be stripped of its nonprofit status.
Free Press lobbies on behalf of the public interest within IRS allowable limits. Free Press and Free Press Action do not accept money from business, government or political parties so that we can remain independent and working on behalf of the public interest. We only accept donations from individuals and charitable foundations. Our audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings are available on our website. Our campaigns often work to hold large media and tech platforms accountable to the public interest.
I've been volunteering through this nonprofit for the past several weeks. I've found them to be very effective and responsive to suggestions for changes to their outreach campaigns. Their system for texting to organizing community efforts is easy to use and allows for genuine interactions with the targeted market.
I used to support this organization with both my time and money until it became abundantly clear that they are in fact a highly partisan and politically driven organization that is really just anti-corporate and highly liberal.
I fully support freedom of press and of free speech. To their credit some of their work has been great, including most of their work on Net Neutrality, however it's clearly not for the reason of promoting freedom of information.
They showed their true colors to me in their efforts, that they openly brag about to get companies to drop support for the Republican National Convention, due to Donald Trump's "Hateful Rhetoric". That stance is a polar opposite to the ideals of free speech and free press. I am not a member of the RNC, nor a huge fan of Trump. But I will absolutely defend anyone's right to say unpopular things they believe.
Any organization that claims to support free speech and free press needs to support this freedom regardless of the personal likes or dislikes of some of its leaders. For this reason, I have ended my support and would give this group a very low rating.
A fair study of the mass media in the USA and many allied 'western democracies' documents and reveals there is little or no functional "freedom of the press" in any form of corporate owned news media. Even nominally public media like NPR and PBS broadcast the same talking points issued by the same government agencies and secretive think tanks distributed to all the common news 'talking heads' and text 'outlets' in the parlance. Any so called embedded journalist is also a controlled journalist. So the only independent news and information available is via small non-commercial publications, pod casts and web sites. Free Press is one of the organizations I value for supporting honest local, national and international news. Free Press also features political action drives to help fact based news inform public policy and promote the protections in the First Amendment for all citizens.
I discovered Free Press in it's earliest days and was thrilled to find a group of folks who care about public media. Since then, I have tried to support it financially whenever I could. I also do my part to speak out against media consolidation issues and anything else they bring to my attention. Better yet, I teach my college students about FP every semester and make them spend time on the website. Hopefully this educates them to the important issues that FP advocates for. And I hope I am modeling conscientious citizenship for them as well.
I began contributing to Free Press out of concern over net neutrality. This is a fundamental free speech issue these days, but I did not expect much success given the strength of the forces arrayed against net neutrality. Free Press actually won important battles. I continue to support them, because threats to net neutrality and free speech in general are not over. We need Free Press.
I initially became a Free Press monthly supporter because they were fighting for net neutrality. I will continue my support, and hope others will too, because corporations are eliminating the competition, giving us just what big business wants us to know
I've made sporadic donations to the Free Press for maybe five years now, and about a year ago I switched to making a (small) monthly donation. They have produced reports on a variety of topics which I consider important and valuable. They spend the extra time and energy to dig into these stories, and to keep people informed on issues such as net neutrality.
In the spectrum of media reform / media watchdog organizations, Free Press is tied with the Center for Media and Democracy for my top spot, and in terms of net neutrality, it is hands-down number one. I've been a donor for several years and will continue to support them as long as there are media-related policy issues that affect our lives. I rely on them to do the research and advocacy work that I don't have time to do myself, and they never fail to deliver.
I've supported Free Press for many years. They are are one of the very best and unfortunately very few organizations working to improve the quality of media in our beleaguered democracy. The 4th estate is being swallowed whole by huge multi-national corporations who use their immense financial clout to buy the FCC deregulation and Congressional legislation that permits them to keep growing. Free Press is helping to expose what's going on and stem that tide. This is a fight we must win...failure is not an option.
I give a small monthly donation to support their work, and they are excellent at keeping me informed about what they are doing and how I can support them in non-monetary ways as well. Free Press is working on crucial issues of our time, because these issues influence the ability to be able to have a functioning democracy. Also, I've attended their National Conference on Media Reform and found it to be an intellectually stimulating and motivating experience.
I rely on Free Press to help keep me up-to-date on current media policy questions. I have also attended two of the "National Conference(s) on Media Reform," sponsored by Free Press, and have found them to be extremely informative, energizing, and very well organized. I give a monthly donation to this group, and am planning to up the amount because I am so pleased with their work.
Excellent work, important issues, affecting change.
The Internet started surging ibto homes as I was growing up and I always saw it as a free system. A tool to share information and ideas. Now, moneyed interests are jeopardizing the freedom of that system for their own profits. Free Press is making a stand against that and I'm glad they are.
As retreated Canadian, I joyfully watch with this very advised leader team for press freedom and right of speech everywhere ! Long life to Free Press !
I trust Free Press to say what it does and do what it says. I have a lot of confidence in Free Press' efficiency, goals, and integrity. I particularly appreciate the accuracy and specifity of the messages they post. Lots of "good causes" deal with complex issues and generalize about them because they are too cumbersome to explain. Free Press always provides real facts about the subject at hand--even when the issues are complicated. When they ask for readers to make phone calls to the FCC or members of Congress, they provide all the information one needs. I am proud to say that Free Press, working with other groups, of course, was able to generate over 4 million comments from the public to the FCC in favor of maintaining Net Neutrality. Free Press' work is vital to our democracy and I support them all I can.
Free Press is one of organizations working on internet freedom, net neutrality and the like. The organization is one of the best at organizing folks to address this issue. I never delete their emails. . .Always read them and respond to their requests for action because I know they are making a difference.
Free Press and its partners are doing everything possible to protect Net Neutrality. They are also engaged in the ongoing battle to protect freedom of the press. I have been involved with Free Press for years and they do great work. Everyone should be receiving their emails and actions. It is critical if we want to maintain our democracy.
Free Press was indispensable in providing information and support as we got our local media reform organization started.
Free Press has done an amazing job of helping to protect net neutrality, as well as the case for independent media sources of information. It provides a vital service of educating and organizing the public re a number of crucial citizen issues. It played an instrumental role in getting the FCC to implement strong net. I am very grateful to them for providing methods and tools to the public by which we make our voice heard in the debate s surrounding the Internet and independent media and journalism in general.
Question: Who funds Free Press and by how much?
Question: To rate a non-profit, should it not be part of that rating, to know where their money comes from?
This would help insure that the non-profit is not a front or astroturfing organization.
Thank you InquiringMind for your query. Please note the Free Press gift acceptance policy: "Free Press is supported solely by gifts from individuals and charitable foundations. We don’t take a cent from business, government or political parties, so your contribution makes a big difference — and helps us stay independent." For information on funders, Free Press annual reports, IRS 990s and our audited financial reports are all available for viewing on our website at www.freepress.net/aboutus. Because there are so many charity review sites out there, it is challenging to populate each one with a high level of detail. However, our profile at GuideStar is fairly comprehensive and aggregates information from a variety of sources. Please see: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/41-2106721/free-press.aspx
I am an independent US journalist. I've written at Huffington Post, Daily Kos, etc. Freedom of the press is a major focus of my journalism. (http://muckrack.com/mark-taylor-canfield/portfolio)
I have found Free Press to be a great resource for information regarding press freedom and media democracy. Recently I served as a member of a delegation on net neutrality that visited US Senator Maria Cantwell's office. The delegation was organized by Free Press.
NOTE: According to the Reporters Without Borders 2015 World Press Freedom Index report, the United States has dropped to 49th in the world in terms of freedom of the press. (http://rsf.org)
We can do much better than this!
Free Press is one group that is taking on the challenge of promoting media democracy and I must applaud them for providing journalists like me with important information and updates. They deserve your support!
For a few weeks, I was involved in Free Press via email list and didn't know truly what the organization was all about. I knew the cause that they were fighting, and I was definitely in support of them.
There was a conference call this past week for anyone who wanted to join, and I was blown away. The knowledge base, the consideration, and the overall professionalism of Free Press, makes me want to get even more involved. It seems like with so many people supporting the cause that a lot of people would go unnoticed, but I feel like Free Press is willing to give any person with passion a chance to change the fight.
I have been impressed with the professionalism and clarity of this organization. They helped communicate the truth about what ISPs were trying to do in a clear way. I appreciated that all of their emails that referenced news or research included links to the item sited. I attended a teleconference the other day that was professionally facilitated and provided excellent information about where the Free Press thinks the fight will go next.
Thank you Mary Alice, though I didn't get to comment yesterday it was good to see so many people from across America. It's a great thing that you/we have accomplished but I for one know this battle far from over.
No one spoke of how an open internet is a gateway for the little guy and entrepreneurship. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook all started from nothing. Tax payers helped pay for its creation and we need to keep it for everyone.
As I listened the other thing that came to me is how accessible members Free Press were to me and I assume others. I've had conversations over the years through twitter, mainly with Tim Karr. He was friendly and not dismissive. It was refreshing.
Maybe in the future there can be an open discussion/comments and opinions from the callers/posters. I've done a few "Group Discussions" and it's surprising what you can learn from other's experiences.
I'm always in awe of those special persons that give their time to make our world better.
Thank you again.
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