Editorial Independence + Donor Transparency Policy

Resolve Philly maintains a clear separation between editorial decisions and all sources of revenue. This firewall ensures that funding does not present a conflict of interest for our journalism or compromise our editorial independence.

Gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals and organizations help to fund our nonprofit mission, but our judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their positions.

Resolve Philly may accept financial support for reporting on particular topics. Our editorial staff determines what those topics are and Resolve Philly and its newsroom partners retain editorial control of the resulting coverage. We do not give donors the rights to assign, review, or edit content and editorial copy is never shared with donors prior to publication.

Members of Resolve Philly’s staff, Board of Directors, or Advisory Committees do not accept gifts or favors of more than nominal value, nor any special treatment, from any person or entity that is or could be a subject of or source for our coverage, or otherwise have an interest in Resolve Philly’s reporting. 

Our organization makes public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. As a journalism 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.

Acknowledgement: Resolve Philly established this policy in accordance with standards developed by the Institute for Nonprofit News, while finding further guidance in the editorial independence policy of The Trace.