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.
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.
Robert L. I
Free Press goes above and beyond to remain dedicated to educating and updating the connected public to the issues affecting communication and connectivity in our country. I was impressed that they offered a teleconference for the public to join and thought their speakers provided worthwhile perspectives and commentary.
I learned of Free Press from their campaign to uphold real Net Neutrality. I participated in a recent call and I was impressed by their honesty and commitment to fighting for the rights of average people. They are a very inclusive and down-to-earth group that are not afraid to take on the lobbyist groups in Washington. While most of us complain and suffer defeat after defeat, they take action and make their voices heard. They are truly worth our support.
- Daniel Canales
I did not appreciate the severity of the threat to Internet freedom. I've always taken it for granted. Free Press made me very aware of what I might lose and continue to lose. In particular, because I realize how vital a role the Internet plays in places where there is very little freedom. We need this resource to be free of discrimination, tampering and censorship.
The work that Free Press is doing cannot be understated. In this world of corporate rule they are showing everyone that with determination we can make government work for us.
Very professional group. I really appreciated the conference call Free Press put together with other organizations fighting for Net Neutrality. So often we only interact with nonprofits through email and social media. It was nice to hear their voices and even be given an opportunity to comment and ask questions.