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.

From the launch of our nonprofit news organization in June 2015 through July 2017, The Trace has received financial support totaling $1,000 or more from the following entities and individuals:

  • The Conway Family Charitable Fund
  • Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
  • F Three Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Lerer Family Charitable Foundation
  • The Aber D Unger 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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