Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Free Press

13,459 pageviews

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Media & Communications

Mission: Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press believes that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what’s actually happening in their communities. We believe that the struggle for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy. We focus 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.

Results: Free Press and its allied 501(c)4 organization, Free Press Action Fund, have engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 1.4 million members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories. For more on our accomplishments and impact to date, please see our reports at www.freepress.net/about

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: Free Press seeks to bring about quality journalism and equitable access to media and technology. We work for: • Internet Freedom: We’re fighting to defend Net Neutrality — and make the internet more accessible and affordable for its users. •Fight for Media Diversity: We're analyzing media company mergers — and mobilizing millions of people to demand that decision-makers act in the public interest. • Defend Press Freedom: We’re speaking out against attacks on journalists and protecting the First Amendment in the digital age. • News Voices: We're helping communities improve local journalism to better respond to their need for information. • Curb Mass Surveillance: We’re at the center of a broad and diverse network of civil liberties groups working to rein in unchecked government spying.

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Bonnie Beth P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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
Free Press.

2 Jerry L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 vpickard

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I am very proud to support Free Press's efforts to protect public service journalism, an open internet, and a diverse media system. Free Press has always been a staunch advocate for the public and a first line of defense against threats to our communication and information systems. Currently we are facing an administration that is running roughshod over democratic institutions, and a FCC that is captured by the very commercial interests it is meant to regulate. Today the good work of Free Press is more invaluable than ever before.

Read more
2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3 Bryan M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

*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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

3 Gabe A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Free Press has provided me with valuable information and insights of events her in the United States. I value their thoughts and opinions.

6 Jamila R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4 Tina M.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4 Artie H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5


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!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3 Tiffany TFant F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5 Jacqui G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

slongsmith 07/18/2018

Thank you, Jacqui, for all of your hard work! It's fantastic to have you working by our side. Go TI!

Previous Stories
7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

slongsmith 07/18/2018

What a fantastic story, thank you so much for hosting Brandon and for all of your work to defeat Sinclair!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

slongsmith 09/13/2017

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!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

slongsmith 07/18/2018

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Donor

Rating: 1

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.