Scalawag believes in transparency in Southern politics and our own operations.

We started Scalawag to address major gaps in coverage of the American South. At a time when trust of journalists is low, we believe that addressing the gap in coverage also requires a high standard of behavior. For Scalawag, that means that we want to thank donors who have supported our work—and make clear the standards we hold ourselves to. And it also means making our IRS filings—public records since Scalawag is a 501(c)3—easily accessible.

Below you'll find: Donors and foundations who've given Scalawag substantial gifts, our statement on donor transparency, and links to our 990s.

Donors and foundations who have given Scalawag more than $1,000 in 2021:

  • Sonjia Smith
  • Scott Satterwhite
  • Steve Suitts
  • Halle Tecco
  • Jonathan Elder
  • Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Mellon Foundation
  • Piece x Piece Fund
  • Cypress Fund
  • Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair State University
  • Solutions Journalism Network
  • The Lenfest Institute and the Facebook Journalism Project
  • Pen America
  • The Miami Foundation
  • Z Smith Reynolds Foundation

Scalawag's 990s

Scalawag's 2014-2015 990ez

Scalawag's 2015-2016 990N (postcard)

Scalawag's 2016 990EZ

Scalawag's 2017 990EZ

Scalawag's 2018 990

Scalawag's 2019 990

Scalawag's 2020 990

Scalawag's 2021 990

Donor Transparency

Scalawag is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations, and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of broad areas, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently—not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review, or edit content.

Scalawag publicly thanks and lists all donors who give $1,000 or more. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources for anything except general operations, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our Board of Directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.


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