Carey Institute for Global Good Awarded $1 Million in Support


Major funding from Jonathan Logan Family Foundation will benefit the Institute’s Nonfiction Program


Rensselaerville, N.Y. — The Carey Institute for Global Good announced today that its Nonfiction Program — a unique initiative for nonfiction writers, investigative reporters, photojournalists, documentary filmmakers and multimedia journalists — has received a $1 million long-term funding grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation of Berkeley, California. In recognition of this major milestone, the program has been renamed the Logan Nonfiction Program.

“There is no other space where journalists have strong support in a nurturing environment for their important work. We are proud to be a part of it,” said Jonathan Logan, chairman of the foundation. “I believe strongly that without sound and deeply reported information presented in a variety of traditional and new media our future as a democracy is threatened. The people doing this kind of work face many new obstacles. So we must treasure and support them and help them persevere.”

The Logan Family Foundation’s grant holds tremendous significance for the two-year-old program at the Carey Institute’s Rensselaerville campus. “It’s a vote of confidence in our efforts supporting independent journalists, writers and filmmakers in such perilous economic and political times,” said Tom Jennings, the program’s director. “But it’s also an important recognition that the journalistic tradition of penetrating, deeply investigated works — whether on issues of justice, politics, environment, science or culture — needs to be sustained and celebrated. The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation is dedicated to this and we’re honored they see our work as part of it.”

The Nonfiction Program was founded in 2015 and has hosted 44 fellows for periods of up to three months at the Institute’s 100-acre estate in upstate New York. Fourteen new writers, journalists and documentary filmmakers joined the program this month, forming the third class of fellows.  They include recipients of the MacArthur “genius” Award, the Harvard Nieman Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship and many more.

The Logan Nonfiction Program provides fellows with meals, work space, mentorship, lodging and video and audio editing facilities. A critical element of the program is mentoring and professional development, which includes use of the Institute’s podcast studio and digital lab to ensure competitiveness in a transitional market.

The Nonfiction Program’s Advisory Board is comprised of twelve renowned journalists, including: Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of the award-winning Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal Radio; Raney Aronson-Rath, executive producer of “Frontline,” PBS’s flagship investigative journalism series; New York Times journalist Sheri Fink, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award; renowned author and documentarian Sebastian Junger; and Carey Institute vice-chair Josh Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and longtime Columbia Journalism School professor.

By providing time and space for deep thought and immersive creation, the Logan Nonfiction Program at the Carey Institute helps fellows complete critical pieces of work that contribute to an informed public and robust democracy. The Logan Nonfiction Program is committed to supporting influential research and reporting on the most pressing issues of our time.

“The Logan family has long been committed to strengthening democracy by their support of news, media and investigative journalism,” said Gareth Crawford, president and CEO of the Carey Institute. “Their portfolio of grantees includes organizations as prestigious as the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and the Center for Investigative Reporting. This award is testament to the continued high quality and importance of the Carey Institute’s Nonfiction Program.”

The Carey Institute is honored to work with Jonathan Logan in continuing his personal and family legacy of advancing investigative journalism and social justice throughout our world. The Logan family has been key to the Nonfiction Program’s growth and success. The Carey Institute received $100,000 in initial funding for the Nonfiction Program from Jonathan Logan of the Reva and David Logan Foundation as well as a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2015. Additional funding has come from the Stewart R. Mott Foundation and the Dyson Foundation.

The Logan Nonfiction Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 class through Friday, November 4. Email for admission information.

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. Polk Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society.  Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.