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SPJ’s second annual Day of Giving has concluded. Thank you to EVERYONE who gave in the name of improving and protecting journalism. (Missed Day of Giving, but still want to help? It’s never too late! Donate here.)

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Last year’s inaugural SPJ Day of Giving exceeded our expectations. We asked you to make 108 gifts to celebrate 108 years of SPJ, and you responded by doubling that number and donating more than $22,600 to help improve and protect journalism.

This year, we want to go even bigger. Show you are SPJ proud and help us reach our new goal of 250 gifts in 24 hours!

Give to the programs that matter to you! 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.

6.21 Tracker

Help us improve and protect journalism with 250 gifts!

Peer Challenges

If you are interested in launching a Peer Challenge, please complete this quick web form here. After submitting the form, we will get your challenge code added to the site right away. (No need to wait for that to happen — start challenging your peers using your code right away!)

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. Have fun with it!

Peer Challenge Leaderboard

Code Gifts Raised Description

BACKFREEDOMS 12$ 1034.56Anyone who donates at least $20 will get a super awesome SPJ/SDX First Amendment T-shirt. On the front: "I back the First Amendment." On the back: the First Amendment, complete with five magnificent freedoms.

OCOTILLO 4$ 351.00Ocotillo, the instrumental duo of Sigma Delta Chi Foundation President Robert Leger (mandolin and classic guitar) and his wife Cindy (cello), will write and record an instrumental song for the highest donation to this challenge.

ALEX TWEETS 3$ 205.00If you give a donation to SPJ during their Day of Giving and use the ID "ALEX TWEETS," Alex Veeneman will tweet out a fact about journalism and media, whether in a local community or on a national scale. Tell Alex you donated using the hashtag #alextweetsspj and he'll write back with a fun fact! The more money raised, the more facts to tweet for all the world to see!

PENNIESFROMPROFS 3$ 550.00Patti 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.

Thank you to all of our generous donors!

See a complete list of our 6.21 Day of Giving donors here.

Newest Donors

Jeff South
William B. Ketter
Kevin Smith
Elizabeth Donald
Joseph Radske
Ginny McCabe
Daniel Evans
Sergy Odiduro
Tom McKee
Robert Buckman

Largest Donations

Howard Dubin$ 1000.00
Irwin Gratz$ 800.00
Paul Fletcher$ 500.00
Richard Campbell$ 500.00
Karen Levine$ 500.00
William B. Ketter$ 500.00
Matthew T. Hall$ 300.00
Hagit Limor$ 250.00
Mike Reilley$ 250.00
Andy Schotz$ 234.56

Find Your Cause

Not sure where to give? What's your passion?


The Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation, the supporting foundation of SPJ, promotes ethical journalism and supports training and education for all journalists. Gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible. Learn more about the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

Click here to donate online.


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

Click here to donate online.


The First Amendment Forever Fund is a sustained war chest, an endowed fund, to guarantee someone is always fighting for press freedom. It isn’t getting any easier to fight for press freedom. If we don’t do it, who will? Learn more about the First Amendment Forever Fund

Click here to donate online.


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