The James B. McClatchy Foundation has always supported two key organizations that James loved: First Amendment Coalition and Committee to Protect Journalists. These ongoing operational supporting grants will continue to honor James’ legacy.
In its exploratory phase to embark on a major First Amendment initiative, the Foundation’s LIFT pilot will guide the Foundation to advance awareness of and engagement with the First Amendment as it relates to free speech, freedom of expression, and a free press.
The James B. McClatchy Foundation envisions communities across the Central Valley thriving in all facets of civic life — from organizing their churches and neighborhoods — to showing up at city council or school board meetings to ask questions, to creating new content for a local news site in their own voices.
It is with the First Amendment freedoms of speech, and expression, and a free press, the LIFT Initiative strives to support and activate civic engagement in the Central Valley through examples such as:
Through an overall theme of community capacity building, the LIFT Initiative supports civic engagement ideas in three broad strategic pillars.