Editorial, fundraising and donor policies

Tiny Spark retains full authority over our news content. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. But our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $1000 or more. (In the case of our 2013 Kickstarter campaign, we also have made public donors who gave less.) As a nonprofit, we will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

We adapted our policy from the following news organizations: Birmingham Watch and The Institute for Nonprofit News.

Donors and backers

In September 2014, Tiny Spark received a two-year $400,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to expand our coverage of philanthropy, nonprofits, international aid and for-profit social good initiatives.

The following people supported Tiny Spark’s 2013 Kickstarter campaign:

The Brothers Christmann
Lynn Brinton
A Fan
Aaron Suggs
Adam Davidson
Adam Hirsch
Adam Hogen
Adam Schweigert
Adil Mughal
Alessandra Pigni
Alex Dueben
Alexander Y. Hawson
Alice Sparberg Alexiou
Amanda Aronczyk
Ami Ehrlich
Amy Lawday
Ananda Grant
Andrew DeVigal
Andrew Haeg
Angela Santilli
Anna Pickoff-White
Anton Tsuji
Ashley Milne-Tyte
Austin Kelly
Ben Goggins
Beth Sachs
Brad Davis
Brendan Kinney
Brennan Herdt
Bret Johnson
Brian Bull
Brian Mackey
Carlton Solle
Carol Lindsay
Chester Nwachukwu
Chris Blattman
Chris Turnbull-Grimes
Cindy McCaffrey
Corey Van Meekeren
Corwin Light-Williams
Dan Costello
Daniel Ho
David J. Meyers
David Kalisher
Dom and Nicole
Don Lee
Elizabeth Spak Boyle
Ellen Guettler
Ellen Weiss
Emily Stoddard Furrow
Eric Grandmaison
Erin Kelly
Erin Lauer
Erin O’Toole Murphy
Eugenia Lee
Fran Friel
Fred & Nancy Costello
G Meikle
Graeme Lumsden
Grant Gordon
Herbert W. Mumford IV
Ian McDonald
Ibby Caputo
Irina Cruz
Jaimie Stettin
James Dellow
Jarett Beaudoin
Jeanne Stafford
Jeffrey Frankens
Jen Crothers
Jeni Walters
Jennifer Lentfer
Jennifer Meehan
Jennifer Neeley
Jenny Wiggins
Jeremy G.
Jessica Toyota
Joe Richman
Joel Bush
Joel Selanikio
John Barth
John C.Costello
John Hergenroeder
John Romkey
Joseph Peter Perez
Julia Furlan
Julia Normand
Julie Rubsam
Kate Myers
Kathleen Simpson
Kelly Zhang
Kerry Donahue
Kevin Penner
Kris Twining
Kristy Walters
Lee Harper
Laura Freschi
Laura LaPerche
Laura Seltzer-Duny
Laurie MacDonald
Leah Feiger
Lila LaHood
Lori-Ann Zannini
Lu Olkowski
Lynne Pate
Margot Koerner
Marie Morris
Mark Campos
Mark Canavera
Marty Beller and Jill Grinberg
Marty Collins
Mary & Bruce Holway
Mary Heintz
Matthew Katz
McKenna Kemp
Melissa Peskin
Michael Bennett
Michael Clemens
Michael T Hayes
Nancy Fishman
Nina Munk
Peter DiCampo
Phyllis Kaufman
Randy S Clemens, Esq.
Ray and Sarah Fox Tollison
Rebecca Baker
Rekha Murthy
Robert Andersson
Robert Knuts
Rosa Moran
Rubina Shafi
Ryan Parker
Sandy Costello
Scott Merritt
Shannon L. Kelley
Simon Scriver
Stephanie Pereira
Steve Petersen
Sue Jaye Johnson
Talal Mir
Team Nisolo
Thanyarat Doksone
The Chekouras Family
The Downie Housum Family
The Sean and Samantha Billig Foundation
Tom Murphy
Wayan Vota
Willard Hay
Winston Mapa


  1. L. Lee Harper

    Hi Amy,

    Yes, I would be delighted to be added to your Backers List.

    Thanks much and keep sparkin’,

    L. Lee Harper

  2. Hey Amy,


    My name was left off your backers list, so please add.

    All the best, Alice

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