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ACF funding in-depth reporting on Arizona’s foster care crisis

The Arizona Community Foundation has made a three-year grant to The Arizona Republic to support in-depth investigative reporting about child welfare in Arizona. Over this period, The Republic's team of experienced reporters will examine the systems meant to support more than 18,000 children currently in state care, investigate the reasons for the 28 percent increase in cases that has occurred in the past three years, and look for solutions that can help children who need it most.

The grant will support The Republic's capacity to take a deeper look at the issue of child welfare by providing funding for extra reporting time, resources, and multimedia storytelling options that will enable journalists to explore these issues in new ways. The reporting itself remains independent, with The Arizona Republic retaining full editorial control.

“The Arizona Community Foundation has made significant investments in foster youth care and education over the past several years, from bringing FosterEd: Arizona to our state to commissioning original research on the educational achievement gap among foster youth,” said Jacky Alling, the Arizona Community Foundation's chief philanthropy officer. “This project adds another component to our ongoing investment in these young people, who deserve our commitment to their well-being and futures. We believe strongly in the power of quality journalism to shine a light on critically important topics and are proud to partner with The Arizona Republic on this work.”

While foundation funding for journalism is a relatively new idea, ACF has made other grants for journalism projects that inform and engage the community around key topics impacting vulnerable Arizonans and our shared quality of life. These investments include funding for the KJZZ Science and Innovation Desk and support for the nonprofit Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Charitable foundations across the country have been investing in journalism to expand coverage of topics important to community well-being and related to their charitable missions. Examples include The Ford Foundation awarding grants to The Los Angeles Times to expand its coverage of immigration issues and ethnic communities and to The Washington Post to strengthen its reporting on government accountability, and the California Community Foundation joining with other foundations to fund the “Education Matters” series in The Los Angeles Times.

For more information about this project, click here to view The Republic Executive Editor Nicole Carroll's article.

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