Scalawag believes in trasparency in Southern politics and our own operations

We started Scalawag to address major gaps in coverage of the American South. At a time when trust of journalists is low, we believe that addressing the gap in coverage also requires a high standard of behavior. For Scalawag, that means that we want to thank donors who have supported our work—and make clear the standards we hold ourselves to. And it also means making our IRS filings—public records since Scalawag is a 501(c)3—easily accessible.

Below you'll find: Donors and foundations who've given Scalawag substantial gifts, our statement on donor transparency, and (soon) a link to our 990s.

Wisteria Donors—those who have given Scalawag more than $1,000, listed alphabetically:

  • The Abram Family
  • Landis and Jim Best
  • Mark Bufkin
  • Bertis Downs
  • Edward Fiske and Helen Ladd
  • The A.J. Fletcher Foundation
  • Mike Hastings
  • The Kaplen Brothers Foundation
  • Tony Kiser
  • Mailchimp Atlanta
  • North Carolina Humanities Council
  • Tracey and Phillip Riese
  • Scott Satterwhite
  • Sonjia Smith
  • Steve Suitts
  • Steve Swanson
  • Robert Venuti
  • Laura Walker and Bert Wells
  • Helene Walker
  • Larry Wheeler
  • Jesse White

Donor Transparency

Scalawag is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

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 broad areas, and special projects. 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.

Scalawag publicly thanks and lists all donors who give $1,000 or more. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources for anything except general operations, and we will not accept donations from 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.