Transparency in Funding Policy

We are 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.

Access Press accepts gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. We also sell advertising as a means of funding. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.

Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content. We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $50 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates 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 provide disclosers when donors fund certain coverage. For example, Ramsey County Election Commission granted Access Press $5,000 to support our election-related coverage. We have noted this at the bottom of the articles online.

The State Council on Development provides a grant of $1,000 per year to help support Access Press’s History note, which is available in our archives and is the largest collection of Minnesota State disability history.