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Institutional Supporters

2023

MAJOR FUNDERS

  • Collins Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Inatai Foundation
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

CONTRIBUTING FUNDERS

  • Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • NewsMatch
  • Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship
  • Report for America
  • Reva and David Logan Foundation
  • Roundhouse Foundation
  • Seeding Justice

2022

MAJOR FUNDERS

  • Google News Initiative
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Inatai Foundation
  • Meyer Memorial Trust

CONTRIBUTING FUNDERS

  • American Journalism Project
  • Flathead Beacon Foundation
  • NewsMatch
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Report for America
  • Roundhouse Foundation

2019-2021

  • American Journalism Project
  • Collins Foundation
  • Facebook Journalism Project
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
  • Knight Foundation
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
  • Newsmatch
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Roundhouse Foundation
  • Solutions Journalism Network

Individual Donors

2023

  • Jessica Abeita
  • Maddy Ahearn
  • Amanda Alexander
  • Nicholas Appelmans
  • Devi Archer
  • Sandy Bacharach
  • Megan Barrett
  • Mari Bartoo Jacobson
  • Reid Bauman
  • John Bealle
  • Shelley Beaulieu
  • Brian Brandt
  • Isabella Breda
  • Marvin Brewer
  • Marilyn Brown
  • Max Brown
  • Jamaal Brown
  • Brian Bull
  • Natalie Busch
  • Maryanne Campbell
  • Micki Caskey
  • Kimber Craine
  • Sabrina Crewe
  • Jackleen De La Harpe
  • Tony DeFalco
  • Bryan Denson
  • Frank Desguin
  • Emmett Dezso
  • Bill Donahue
  • Susan Doyle
  • Erin Dysart
  • Gayle E. Hammer
  • Stephanie Feeney
  • Kathryn Finley
  • Lee Francis
  • Ramon Garcia
  • Molly Gloss
  • Eileen Gottschalk
  • Mary Grant
  • Jamie Gray
  • Eakin Brianna
  • Green Janet Hamilton
  • Brad Hanson
  • Melissa Hayden
  • Michael Haymans
  • Gillian Hearst
  • Lisa Heyamoto
  • Rose High Bear
  • Marian Hjortsberg
  • Andrew Holtz
  • Brant Houston
  • Stone Hudson
  • Breanna Irish
  • Ralph Jacobson
  • Dave Johnson
  • Claudia Kaul
  • Dan Kaul
  • Marshall Kirkpatrick
  • Sue Knight
  • David and Pamela Knowles
  • Frank Kwan
  • The Leadings Fund
  • McKayla Lee
  • Skye Lucas
  • Wendy Lynn
  • Carter and Jennifer MacNichol
  • Many Dances Family Fund
  • Elizabeth Marchi
  • Scott McMillion
  • Stacey McQuade-Eger
  • Donald Mickey
  • Marcella Miller
  • Kathleen Miller
  • Sarah Jane Moore
  • Eduardo Moreno
  • Richard Murphy
  • Sharon Nielson
  • Elliot Njus
  • Robin Ogata
  • Carly Ogata
  • Christina and Harley Ogata
  • Casey Pearlman
  • Jamie Potenberg
  • Heather Pruess
  • Parks Reece
  • Myers Reece
  • Tracey Reed
  • Marjan Rotting
  • Susan Sampson
  • Jackie Sandquist
  • David Schwartz
  • Eddie Sherman
  • Stacy Smith
  • Maggie Starr
  • Stearns Family Fund
  • John Stewart
  • Keriann Strickland
  • Derek Stubbs
  • Elisa Suarez
  • Marsha Taylor
  • Dave Thayer
  • Kim Thomas
  • Myla Thomas
  • Mago Torres
  • Haley Trontel
  • Timothy Wilson
  • Franklin Wong
  • Lynne Wright

Financial Reports

Underscore was fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Nonprofit News from 2019-2020 and obtained nonprofit status in 2021, which means our first available 990 was from 2021.