By donating to the EJC, the Collective helps us take our work to the next level. From €5 a month, they support us to continue to fund journalism on underreported topics, produce free journalism training, and develop new grants programmes.
Europe’s journalists are united by the challenges they face. In recent years, the continent has witnessed world-changing investigations, brand-new business models, and an exciting new wave of talent. There is much to be gained from joining forces.
Until this point, European Journalism Centre has been 100% funded by donors from the technology, philanthropy and governmental sectors. Their generosity has helped the Centre reach thousands of journalists and connect them with new ideas, skills, funding, and people.
For example, our Covid-19 Emergency Fund helped many journalists during times of great difficulty, including the West Leeds Dispatch (United Kingdom):
“The grant from EJC was a lifeline for us in tough times. Not only has it been vital for our development as an independent community news organisation, it's also allowed us to reach people who were isolated and had no other access to local news and information during the pandemic. The difference we've been able to make to local people's lives thanks to this grant has been priceless.”
However, project funding is often limited in scope and duration. When the European Journalism Centre’s funding stops, these programmes stop. That means the Centre can’t reach as many journalists as we’d like to. Journalists from certain areas and backgrounds often miss out. In addition, many of the Centre’s programmes are not profitable. Project funding does not always cover all the costs of running a programme.
The European Journalism Collective is a community of journalists supporting the EJC and each other. By donating to the EJC, the Collective helps us take our work to the next level. From €5 a month, they help us continue to fund journalism on underreported topics, produce free journalism training, and develop new grants programmes. We can offer support to those that need it most: recent graduates, freelancers, journalists looking for work, journalists from marginalised backgrounds, and journalists in countries experiencing oppression. The Collective gets access to benefits and rewards like our Discord channel, virtual meet-ups, a Collective newsletter and exclusive discounts on journalism tools. Together, we’re changing journalism in Europe.
The European Journalism Centre is a non-profit foundation (Stichting in Dutch). We have ANBI (algemeen nut beogende instelling) status in the Netherlands which means we are an 'institution for public benefit'. This means at least 90% of our activities are designed in service of public benefit. We are not allowed to be driven by profits, nor are we allowed to hoard equity. Any capital we have is spent on our activities.
As an ANBI we are fully exempt from Dutch gift tax on donations, provided such funds are used for public benefit activities. Your donation may be tax deductible, depending on your local law. You can find our audited accounts on our website.
Your regular donations will be used to run vital journalism projects, invest in our staff, and cover our core costs (our office and bills).
In 2020, 70.5% of our income was spent on project costs. 24% was spent on our staff (of 21 people) and 6.5% was spent on office and organisational costs.
With this budget, and despite a global pandemic, the Centre trained over 2,250 journalists. Our Fellowship programme gave career experience to 40 young people from diverse backgrounds, many of whom now have jobs in the industry. 1700 freelancers signed up to our Freelance Journalism Assembly to form a powerful pan-European network. Our journalism grants supported stories that changed laws, exposed corruption and informed communities about the COVID-19 crisis.
Since 1992, we’ve inspired and supported thousands of journalists. Every year, we hear from hundreds of journalists who say that support from the European Journalism Centre enabled new reporting, kickstarted their careers, or saved their news organisation.
Your support will help us continue this work. Give something back to journalism. We promise to pay it forward.