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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know if our organization is in a Gannett community?
Click here for a state-by-state listing of Gannett’s community newspapers, addresses, phone numbers, email links and contact names.

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When are the deadlines?
Applications will be accepted online from January 20, 2019-February 26, 2019.

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What are the Foundation’s funding interests and where can I view the Foundation's 990-PF?
About 80 percent of our community grants target grassroots organizations in the areas of social/human services, health and mental health, benefiting the most disadvantaged people in our communities.

To view the Foundation's 990-PF, visit Guidestar's website at www.guidestar.com.

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Do you accept applications online?
Only online beginning January 29, 2019: www.crowdrise.com/ACommunityThrives

Does the Foundation fund events?
Occasionally, yes. Community festivals, parades, etc. are part of the fabric of our communities, and local newspapers like to participate. Fundraising events are a separate issue. Rather than contribute funds to support event costs, the Foundation prefers to make contributions which provide direct program or operating support. There are also private foundation limitations regarding full tax deductibility and acceptance of free tickets, discounted admissions, and the like, which provide a tangible benefit to our employees and/or the company. These benefits cannot be accepted.  

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Does the Foundation make grants to individuals?
No. As a private foundation, we must make all grants to IRS code §501(c)(3) public charities.

Are scholarships offered?
A scholarship program administered by Gannett Foundation is the Madelyn P. Jennings Scholarship Program for children of Gannett employees.

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What is the best way to recognize the Foundation’s support?
Mention the grant in annual reports, programs, newsletters, or signage. In any public acknowledgment or signage, be sure to note that this grant is from the Gannett Foundation, not Gannett Co., Inc.  You may also include the name of the Gannett operation, i.e., "Gannett Foundation (or logo)/name of Gannett operation (or logo)." You should avoid acknowledging the newspaper’s name on a stand-alone basis; your support comes from the Foundation, which is a separate organization from Gannett Co., Inc.

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Do you have electronic files of the logo?
The Gannett Foundation Logo can be used in either the horizontal or stacked version. Click on the version you'd like to download: 

Gannett Foundation Logo     Gannett Foundation Logo small

If you are having a problem with these files, e-mail Sue Madden, foundation@gannett.com.

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Whom do we contact for additional information or special inquiries?
Email us with your inquiry at foundation@gannett.com. Foundation email is checked regularly and you will receive a response usually within two working days.

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Our program is national in scope but our offices are in a Gannett community. Are we eligible?
Domestic organizations operating outside Gannett markets are eligible to apply to the A Community Thrives program.

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Gannett is a media company. Are there grant opportunities for industry-related programs?
Yes. We have a fund directed toward media-related grants which focuses primarily on fostering and encouraging women, minorities and students in the field of journalism. These grants are highly competitive, few in number, and are submitted to Foundation headquarters in McLean, Va.

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Does the Foundation have a matching gift program?
Yes, it is called GannettMatch. Employees are encouraged to make personal contributions and take advantage of our 1:1 match program. Almost all IRS code §501(c)(3) organizations are eligible, with the exception of the United Way and organizations where the primary purpose is to promote a particular sectarian belief. Nonprofit groups are welcome to promote the Gannett employee matching gift program in their literature. To see our matching gift guidelines, please click here.

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