EIN 41-2106721

Free Press

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We're organization building a nationwide movement for media that serve the public interest. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications.
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Program areas at Free Press

Future of the internet: highlighted the importance of closing the digital divide and bringing affordable broadband service to millions of people lacking such service. Promoted awareness of the affordable connectivity program to help lower income people afford phone and internet access during the pandemic. Urged passage of a congressional resolution that declares that access to broadband, water, power, heating and cooling are human rights. Published research that exposed billions of dollars of waste in the rural digital opportunity fund. Worked on the creation of a broadband-nutrition label to inform people about the cost and basic terms of their internet-service plans, and urged the fcc to make the label clear and visible to customers on their monthly bills. Provided public testimony, analysis and filings related to public interest oriented broadband proposals in numerous state and federal regulatory agency proceedings. Urged that the united states join dozens of other countries in signing the declaration of the future of the internet, which promotes a shared vision of a more open, affordable, secure and democratic internet. Among the declaration's principles are calls for net neutrality, affordable and inclusive internet access, and data-privacy protections.
Future of journalism: through the media2070 project, documented how centuries of harm the u.s. media system has inflicted on the black community. Examined how historic and contemporary racial discrimination in all media and government policies have excluded black people and other communities of color from controlling the nation's communications infrastructure. Worked with a growing consortium of media-makers, scholars and activists to build support for the fight for reparations. Supported creation of "black in the news room", an award-winning documentary film featured in several festivals and public and private screenings across the u.s. Through the news voices project promoted awareness of how the local-news crisis has left communities across the country with little-to-no reporting on local government, schools, public health and other crucial matters. Urged prominent newspapers to transform coverage of the criminal-legal system and to craft more equitable reporting on public safety, policing and trauma and to better support its journalists of color. Published two resource guides. Highlighted importance of rebuilding local journalism and creating new forms of public funding to sustain it. Worked in coalition, community groups and academic institutions to highlight negative impacts of news deserts and how transformative journalism policies will better serve marginalized communities, media workers and society.
Democracy and digital civil rights: worked to combat hate, disinformation and conspiracy theories online while preserving freedom of speech and protecting marginalized communities when they speak out. Called on tech companies to institute election-integrity measures; enforce their rules equally regardless of a speaker's social or political status; enforce rules equally across all languages; and be far more transparent about their content-moderation policies. Urged social-media platforms to invest significant resources in combating online hate and disinformation in languages other than english. Published numerous reports, blog posts, social media posts and Press releases showcasing how social media company services are used to stoke hate and real-world violence targeting black and brown people, women, lgbtqia+ people, religious minorities and immigrants. Urged companies to study algorithmic bias, commit to independent audits and to enforce existing terms of service. Worked with dozens of groups to highlight the need to safeguard privacy, promote civil rights and set guardrails against the abuse of data online. Published a major report revealing the ongoing failures of meta, tiktok, twitter and youtube to curb the spread of election disinformation and extremism across their networks.
Free Press works to preserve rights to Free expression, communication and privacy online and in person. Areas of focus include future of the internet; democracy and digital civil rights; and future of journalism. In 2022 Free Press conducted research, education, and also organized and mobilized to advocate for better media, open technology and a healthier democracy. Provided regular information via email, website, and webinars to 1.4 million constituents hailing from all 50 states, the district of columbia and puerto rico. Attracted 333,000 overall website visits and virtual events attracted hundreds of participants. Interacted with 132,000 social media followers and earned 3,500 Press hits. Created and disseminated resource materials including research reports, issue briefs, factsheets, and brochures. Provided training and support to dozens of local and regional media reform groups and to thousands of local media activists. Filed public comments, and participated in several federal communications commission proceedings and several federal court proceedings. Worked with dozens of organizations to plan and implement high profile educational events. Secured financial support from 1,482 donors.

Grants made by Free Press

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Media Freedom FoundationGeneral Support of Media Freedom Foundation's Project Censored Activities$300,000

Who funds Free Press

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Park Foundation / The Northern Trust CoGeneral Support for Media Organizing, Accountability and Policy$350,000
New Venture FundCivil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy$265,000
Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)For General Support$150,000
...and 22 more grants received totalling $1,595,218

Personnel at Free Press

Craig AaronPresident , Chief Executive Officer$135,805
Jessica J. GonzalezChief Executive Officer$144,796
Kimberly LongeyChief Operating Officer$135,733
Misty Perez TruedsonChief of Staff$135,908
Matt WoodVice President of Policy and General Counsel
...and 33 more key personnel

Financials for Free Press

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$10,063,720
Program services$59,223
Investment income and dividends$34,530
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$32
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$10,157,505

Form 990s for Free Press

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-05-24990View PDF
2019-122020-10-19990View PDF
2018-122020-06-26990View PDF
2017-122018-09-12990View PDF
2016-122017-10-03990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 7, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $15,000 from CS Fund
January 25, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
July 22, 2022
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $33,000 from The Steve and Paula Child Foundation
July 11, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
July 11, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsHuman rights organizationsCivil rights and social justice organizationsMedia and communications organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
EducationHuman rights
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General information
PO Box 60238
Florence, MA 01062
Metro area
Springfield, MA
Hampshire County, MA
Website URL
(413) 585-1533
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
R60: Civil Liberties Advocacy
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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