Grantee Profile

Global Voices

Grants to Global Voices

  • $75,000

    2017 (Duration 8 months)

    Journalism & Media

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Global Voices is a borderless, virtual newsroom comprising more than 1,400 mostly volunteer writers, analysts, online media experts, and translators. A small editorial staff curates stories from over 150 countries in 40 languages, publishing and disseminating the most important and compelling citizen reporting, with a particular focus on surfacing stories by and about marginalized groups. Global Voices is also an active community that organizes and advocates for an open and accessible internet, and safe and free online expression. Once every 12 to 24 months, the Global Voices (GV) community meets face-to-face at a Citizen Media Summit. This Summit serves as both a business meeting for GV contributors, as well as a larger public gathering of bloggers, academics, activists, technologists, development experts, and policymakers assembled to discuss major issues. This grant provides support for the 2017 Summit to be held in Sri Lanka.

  • $450,000

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    Journalism & Media

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Global Voices is an international online news service and citizen media organization. Over 800 contributors from 170 countries write news articles and opinion pieces for Global Voices. These articles are translated by a volunteer community and edited by professional regional editors. They are published on, which attracts about 800,000 regular readers, and over 50 syndication partners around the world, among them: the BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, PRI’s The World, Deutsche Welle, The Moscow Times, Al Jazeera and many regional news organizations in the Global South. When Global Voices was created in 2004, it was among the very first projects to aggregate and curate a truly global and online community of citizen reporters. Today, there are many "citizen" blogging and advocacy sites, focused on a particular region, country or issue and working in a single language or with a narrow point of view or agenda, but Global Voices remains a leading multilingual community, convener, and model for broad-based reporting and citizen engagement. Numerous Global Voices alumnae have used their experience with Global Voices to create new citizen media sites like Syria Untold (a digital project collecting stories about the Syrian struggle) and new civil society organizations like Nawaat in Tunisia or Bolo Bhi in Pakistan (both organizations that advocate for freedom of expression). MacArthur funding will support staff salaries for the global newsroom and administration.

  • $250,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Global Voices aggregates, curates, and publishes news reports and commentaries from over 800 active volunteer contributors working in over 35 languages and 130 countries, surfacing stories and issues that are important but under-reported. This grant supports the Global Voices international newsroom and translation system, strengthening the organization’s capacity to support its large base of authors, editors, and translators, and its ability to customize and syndicate its content for a broad set of international and regional news providers. It also supports the 2014 Global Voices international summit, commemorating its tenth anniversary.

  • $450,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Global Voices is a news service that draws on the work of more than 500 bloggers and translators around the world, with more than 20 paid freelance part-time regional editors and translators. Global Voices produces original, high-quality reporting for both the general public and for major newspapers and broadcast networks, many of which have closed their foreign bureaus. This two-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation will support high-quality journalism and news production.

  • $75,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — In support of the Citizen Media Summit.

  • $750,000

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — In support of Global Voices Online (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Global Voices $2,050,000 between 1978 and 2018.

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