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Since its founding in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has promoted excellence and ethics in journalism. The SDX Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and serves the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.

Liberty and self-government require a well-informed public. It is the responsibility of journalists to provide fair, balanced and accurate information in a comprehensive, timely and ethical manner.

The SDX Foundation helps by:
– Advocating for open government
– Promoting integrity
– Encouraging excellence
– Fostering diversity
– Inspiring new generations of talented journalists
– Protecting freedom of speech and press

Through the years, the SDX Foundation has created a legacy of worthwhile programs to achieve these aims, including:
Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships
Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
Diversity Leadership Program
Robert D.G Lewis First Amendment Award
– Taischoff Memorial Fund
Harper Memorial Scholarships
Journalism Ethics Book

Contributions to the Foundation help support these and other programs:
Excellence in Journalism Annual Conference
SPJ Spring Conferences
– SPJ chapter programs
Mark of Excellence Awards honoring collegiate journalists
Programs by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Programs by the Student Press Law Center
Programs by Investigative Reporters & Editors
SPJ training of journalists through webinars, online platforms, workshops and more

The work of the Foundation depends on time, talent and financial support from journalists and others who support these goals.

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General Funding Policy

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The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation acts as the primary supporting foundation to the Society of Professional Journalists and, as such, reviews funding proposals from SPJ as its first partner.

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation also has long-standing partnerships with other journalism organizations and seeks to support innovative proposals.

The Foundation specifically seeks proposals for projects and programs that promote core missions of the Society, including freedom of information and ethics, and serve and appeal to a diverse audience.

The Foundation primarily promotes programs and projects rather than endowments, general operating expenses or infrastructure (hardware, software, staffing, etc), or general operating expenses within organizations.

The foundation is prohibited from using grant money for college or university overhead expenses.

Guidelines for State & Regional FOI/First Amendment Organizations

Preference will be given to regional or multi-state groups rather than those serving only one state, although possible national impact in a very large state will be considered.

Preference will be given to programs/projects with multiple funding sources.

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of partnerships with appropriate groups, especially with SPJ entities such as SPJ chapters and mission-related committees and communities.

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