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The nonprofit news sector is becoming less reliant on foundation funding, thanks in part to increased interest from individual donors, a report from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds.

Based on open data from 18 news outlets, the report, Finding a Foothold: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability (53 pages, HTML or PDF), analyzed the ways in which nonprofit news organizations raise and spend money, with a focus on audience engagement, revenue generation, and organizational capacity. A follow-up to the Knight Foundation’s 2011 study Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability, the report found that most of the 18 organizations have grown their revenue, some significantly; that many are developing a diverse set of revenue streams, including individual donors, sponsorships, events, and syndication; and that new models for audience engagement and content distribution are emerging.

In an opinion piece titled “Getting Gulf restoration right: Economics and environment can’t be separated,”  Scott Burns, who directs the Environment Focus Area at the Walton Family Foundation, says that “Operation 1-1-1 will help amplify the voices of Gulf residents, including fishermen, restaurant owners and community leaders, so they can make sure their states’ policymakers get restoration right.” A summary of Operation 1-1-1 projects is here.  

Toxic heavy metals found on the construction site of a planned $55 million replacement for the former Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans will require the removal of 3 feet of soil in areas that won’t be covered by the new building’s concrete foundation or parking lots, according to a report submitted on behalf of the Recovery School District to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The contaminants — including antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc — were found in levels greater than state and federal safety standards allow.

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