Circle of Blue’s Sponsorship Policy
Circle of Blue, is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit journalism organization that prizes, above all else, its reputation for impartial, high-quality reportage and assessments, and its ability to inform policymakers and the public with with trust and clarity. Funding for Circle of Blue comes from various sources, ranging from foundation and government grants to individual donations and corporate contributions. Circle of Blue is not influenced or discouraged from its mission to report the widest of issues by its funders or funding sources.
Newsletter, Content and Event Underwriting
Some content packaging, such as Circle of Blue newsletters, and events, such as H2O Catalyst broadcasts and convenings, many receive underwriting support from companies, foundations, governments, and other organizations. This underwriting draws on processes and policies from National Public Radio and the U.S. Public Broadcasting System. “Acknowledgments are strictly for identification of donors and should not promote the company, products, or services of the donor.” All Circle of Blue content and all editorial decisions related to the distribution and channels are the sole responsibility of the Circle of Blue staff.
Circle of Blue will neither seek nor accept corporate, foundation, or other funding that may create a conflict of interest for Circle of Blue and/or its academic, research, and or other partners, or whose practices are directly and intentionally in conflict with Circle of Blue goals. This policy, however, permits Circle of Blue to accept funds from excluded corporations when an individual employee makes a gift that triggers a matching gift from the corporation. When determining whether to accept support from specific corporations, Circle of Blue will review the type of support offered, the products and outcomes expected, if any, and the reputation of the source of support. Senior staff of Circle of Blue will be asked for their opinions, which will be considered in a final decision by the managing director and the board where deemed necessary. The managing director together with the board of directors will evaluate corporate contributions greater than 10 percent of estimated annual income, or from any sources for which serious concerns have been raised. In addition, an ad hoc committee comprised of staff, board, and outside participants may be formed to both review specific cases and to recommend refinements of this policy. Circle of Blue recognizes that the activities of many corporations change rapidly, and that we will periodically need to update information about corporate donors. We encourage our staff and others to provide information about corporate activities that they believe has bearing on this policy.
- the development of Circle of Blue’s strategic plans or work plans;
- which projects and activities Circle of Blue undertakes, and which issues the Circle of Blue researches and analyzes;
- the content of any Circle of Blue publication, either in paper or in electronic format;
- the attendance at, participation in, or agenda of any Circle of Blue event;
- the solicitation of funds by Circle of Blue from other sources.
Corporate Donations Policies Reviewed in Preparation for this Policy
The following entities have contributed more than $1000 to Circle of Blue since Circle of Blue was granted 501 C3 status December, 2018:
The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
The Brookby Foundation
Wallace Genetic Foundation
Pine Hollow Institute
Daniel Soref Charitable Trust
Carl & Eileen Ganter
Walter & Marguerite Bopp