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Author: Olga Komarova | 19. June 2019

On 25 June at 16:00 CEST, GFMD will host a members-only capacity building webinar focusing on the challenges of fundraising for media development. The third installment in GFMD’s ongoing Capacity Building Programme, this event will focus on strategies for tapping into available funding streams for media development, including philanthropists and private foundations. As well as outlining how to capitalise on existing sources of revenue, the webinar will look at ways of identifying new donors and building lasting relationships. It will also include a discussion on the perceived opportunities for influencing the donor agenda.

The webinar will be moderated by Michael Randall, a media consultant with 20 years of experience in designing, writing, and evaluating funding proposals. Michael has an exceptional track record in securing funding from major donors (e.g., European Commission, State Department, USAID, UN agencies), as well as European governments and private foundations.


The webinar also features a panel of experts who each have relevant experience of applying for and securing funds for media development projects, including:

  • Josh LaPorte: Media Development Lead and Country Project Manager, European Journalism Centre (EJC). As a media development advisor, Josh heads the EJC’s component of ‘No News Is Bad News’, a multi-year global press freedom initiative in alliance with Free Press Unlimited.  Josh oversees implementation of EJC’s programming across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and is the editor of EJC’s ‘Reporting Development Handbook’, ‘Making the Media Work For You: A Guide for Civil Society Organizations’, and co-creator of reality TV serial ‘Top Story: Kenya’s Next Top Journalist’.


  • Melissa Rendler-Garcia: President, Buena Onda Consulting Inc. Melissa has obtained grants and built relationships with myriad donors and private foundations, including CIDA, DFID, EU, Global Fund and USAID, resulting in over $180 million in funding for regional and country-specific program expansion in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. She also serves as Media Development Advisor to the European Journalism Centre, providing support in fundraising, program design, and monitoring and evaluation of a multi-country programme focused on media development and press freedom.


  • Nicolas Chatara-Morse: CEO, Project Syndicate. Nicolas Chatara-Morse is an international entrepreneur with a remarkable history of making non-profit organisations flourish and has broad experience in business development, fundraising, revenue growth, and global expansion.


Interested members can register for the webinar here.

Not a member of GFMD? Contact us on communications@gfmd.info to hear more about our membership offer.


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