The Trace is committed to transparency in every aspect of our funding.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news staff operates independently of that support and retains full control of all editorial decisions.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their positions.

We do not allow anyone to assign, review, or edit content prior to publication.

As a nonprofit, The Trace will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office.

We make public all donors who give $1,000 or more per year and accept anonymous donations only when sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our editorial staff and does not present a conflict of interest.

Support for The Trace comes from these institutions and individuals, among others, as of February, 2024:

A-Mark Foundation
Aber D. Unger Foundation
Alayne (Sas) Weber
Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Anne R. Avis and Gregory M. Avis Fund
Arnold Ventures
The Banjo Fund
Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.
California Wellness Foundation
Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
Donald Pels Charitable Trust
Emerson Collective
Eugenie Ayse Perret
Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
The Field Foundation of Illinois
Flower Child Fund
Fund for a Safer Future
Gene Bernstein
Herb Block Foundation
The IV Fund
Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation
Jacob Shapiro
Johnson Family Foundation
Joyce Foundation
Julia Stasch
Kendeda Fund
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
The Levi Strauss Foundation
Lewis Bernard
Manaaki Foundation
Melrose Fund
Nancy and Robert Cleveland
Neubauer Family Foundation
Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Inc
Polk Bros. Foundation
Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh
Public Welfare Foundation
Robert Woodward
The Sahsen Fund
Thomas Belden and Janice Miller
The Tow Foundation
Virginia B. Clark
William Penn Foundation
William Talbott Hillman Foundation

We are also grateful to the many readers who have stepped forward to support our journalism through their personal contributions.

The Trace (formally incorporated as Trace Media Inc.) is a nonprofit, 501 c3 corporation, tax ID# 47-4175513.

Acknowledgement: The Trace developed this donor transparency policy in accordance with standards developed by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

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