Grantee Profile

WGBH Educational Foundation

Grants to WGBH Educational Foundation

  • $4,200,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — WGBH Educational Foundation is the single largest producer of television and web content for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Since 1983, WGBH Educational Foundation has produced and presented FRONTLINE, a weekly documentary journalism program that provides extensive, in-depth examinations of complex stories not typically found elsewhere on U.S. television. In addition to producing and broadcasting an average of 20 episodes during its regular season, FRONTLINE produces content year-round, on a daily basis, including shorter-form newsmagazine episodes distributed on its website, via podcast, social media, and YouTube. General operating support from the MacArthur Foundation allows FRONTLINE to make critical investments in a digital producing infrastructure that enhances its ability to report across a range of media, while also providing it with flexibility to respond quickly to opportunities and to investigate important issues as they arise.

  • $2,250,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — FRONTLINE is a PBS primetime news documentary series produced and presented by WGBH in Boston. For thirty years, FRONTLINE has provided in-depth and incisive reporting on major news stories as well as groundbreaking investigations of important under-reported issues. FRONTLINE is a core grantee in the media program's news and investigative reporting portfolio. The Foundation funds this set of television, radio, print and satellite news programs to preserve and strengthen journalism that is distinguished by its professionalism, high production values, and strictly noncommercial, nonpartisan, and educational mission. This grant supports FRONTLINE’s television and digital content production activities.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of FRONTLINE/World reporting on Asian security issues.

  • $4,578,612Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of the FRONTLINE and the FRONTLINE/World series, and the expansion of the series' digital and online capabilities (over five years).

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media


  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of FRONTLINE/World (over two years).

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of a two-hour documentary commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of expanded programming to cover war-related stories.

  • $800,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — To support "FRONTLINE/World," a global news documentary series on PBS (over two years).

  • $500,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)


    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of Frontline’s expanded programming in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded WGBH Educational Foundation $13,678,612 between 1978 and 2016.

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