Whether you want to defend press freedom, train journalists, inspire the next generation or advocate for an open government, your donation will make a huge impact on the future of journalism. The purpose of 4.17 Day of Giving is to celebrate and expand SPJs great tradition of philanthropy and pride in the organization.
Throughout the day, participate in fun challenges that make your gift go even further. Compete to help your group claim the top spot on the Peer Challenge Leaderboard (below).
Peer Challenges can be centered around anything your chapter, your school, your newsroom, your friends/family or anything in between and the creativity is all up to you.
Peer Challenge Leaderboard
Donors who give $110 or more to SPJ's General Fund will receive a special, limited-edition 110th anniversary pin. Limited to the first 110 donors.
Anyone who donates $50 or more to SPJ and uses this code will get a super awesome SPJ First Amendment T-shirt. For $50-$74, you get a shirt which says "I back the First Amendment." Those donating $75-$109 can choose between this shirt or another great one, which says "May The First Be With You." Those donating $110 or more will get both!
All donors who give to SPJ's General Fund using this code will be entered into a drawing to win a free year of membership to SPJ. Three winners will be selected!
The SPJ Foundation board of directors will match gifts from all donors who set up monthly giving to the foundation.
Patti Newberry offers a PenniesFromProfs campaign for all the academics in SPJ. Patti will collect change from her colleagues and students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a match of up to $100. She challenges fellow journalism profs in SPJ to do the same.
There is so much good journalism out there, and SPJ member Alex Veeneman wants to tell you about it. When you donate using the code STORY, email Alex at alex.veeneman01[AT]gmail[DOT]com or tweet him @alex_veeneman. Then, he'll reply with a story he found just for you! You're not only supporting the cause of journalism, but also the storytellers that seek truth and report it.
Kelly Kissel (LSU '84), metro editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Advocate newspaper, will match up to $110 in donations from folks connected to LSU (April 17 only) on top of the $110 he's already kicked in.
When you donate to the General Fund, you are providing the resources to cover SPJs most pressing needs. In an ever more challenging environment, your support is needed now more than ever. Learn more about the SPJ General Fund
The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation (formerly Sigma Delta Chi Foundation) promotes ethical journalism and supports training and education for all journalists. Gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible. Learn more about the SPJ Foundation
The Legal Defense Fund supports litigation that enforces public access to government records and provides financial assistance for legal support to aid in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment. Learn more about the Legal Defense Fund
The First Amendment Forever Fund is a sustained war chest, an endowed fund, to guarantee someone is always fighting for press freedom. It isnt getting any easier to fight for press freedom. If we dont do it, who will? Learn more about the First Amendment Forever Fund