22 Feb Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation Announces “Million Dollar Match” Challenge Grant
Foundation Plans to Raise $50 Million in Private Contributions to Fund Memorial Recently Authorized by Congress
February 22, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) –
The Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation today announced a new Million Dollar Match challenge grant funded by an anonymous donor. The donor pledged a dollar-for-dollar match for any new donations to the Foundation in calendar year 2023, up to $1 million.
The Foundation was authorized by Congress to establish a national memorial in Washington, D.C., “to commemorate America’s commitment to a free press by honoring journalists who sacrificed their lives in service to that cause.”
The memorial will be funded entirely by private contributions completing the memorial, including providing sufficient funds for long-term maintenance and education programming, is estimated to cost $50 million. Donations raised by the Million Dollar Match challenge grant will be used to fund the design and construction of the memorial, as well as ongoing educational programming to enhance public awareness and understanding of the sacrifices journalists make to protect and advance our democracy.
“We are grateful to have this generous matching contribution, which will go a long way toward helping us complete this memorial that will have preeminent historical and lasting significance to our nation and the world,” stated Hon. David Dreier, Chairman of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation. “America’s commitment to a free press has not come without sacrifice. I encourage everyone who shares this commitment to take advantage of this generous challenge that will help make this memorial possible.”
Working with Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the Foundation has begun the process of identifying designers and architects. Additionally, we are developing educational programs that, we hope, will inspire future generations to consider careers in journalism.