CNTI Adds MacArthur Foundation as Founding Supporter

CNTI Adds MacArthur Foundation as Founding Supporter

The Center for News, Technology & Innovation (CNTI) in Washington, DC, has received a game-changing grant from the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This grant, combined with other supporters’ contributions, propels CNTI’s mission to over $3 million.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Center for News, Technology & Innovation (CNTI), a new independent global policy research center, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the renowned John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This grant — combined with other supporters — brings CNTI to more than $3 million from founding supporters for its critical mission to address pressing issues and advance the values of independent media and an open internet, which are essential for informed citizens and the preservation of democratic principles.

The MacArthur Foundation’s grant will help CNTI strengthen its work at the intersection of news, technology and public policy. With this funding, CNTI will be able to support independent, cross-country research and host convenings globally. CNTI’s reports and policy discussions are intended to be a resource for all of those who are involved in debating, covering and shaping tech and media policy.

“We are incredibly grateful to receive this substantial grant from the MacArthur Foundation,” said Amy Mitchell, CNTI’s Executive Director. “This funding will help us support high-quality research and bring together leaders from the media, technology and policy worlds globally for convenings on some of the most important issues facing societies today.”

CNTI’s other financial supporters include Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Google.

‘The recognition of CNTI’s mission and independence as we address these news and technology issues is an important step forward,’ added Craig Forman, CNTI’s Executive Chairman. ‘We appreciate the confidence reflected in this support and we intend to solely make it stronger.’

At CNTI’s foundation is a broad array of independent, multi-disciplinary experts in news, technology, public policy and research, who care deeply about addressing complicated, pressing issues and worry about the consequences if we accept the status quo. We believe independent media and an open internet lead to better informed citizens, and we believe they reinforce the democratic principles of open societies. Where there are challenges, we look to tackle such challenges as an organization, with respect for each other’s expertise, varied perspectives and honest differences. We also believe that media and technology-related policy in one country can have an impact in many others, and as such, CNTI assesses internet policy from a global perspective. For more information, visit

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsive democracy as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.