The Nine Network Receives $200,000 Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation

Funding Supports Venture Fund of Igniting the Spirit of Possibility Capacity Campaign

 

St. Louis, MO—January 28, 2013—The Nine Network of Public Media has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant over two years from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. The award to the Nine Network reflects the ongoing commitment of Newman’s Own Foundation to support open dialogue and promote civic engagement.

The grant will be used as a contribution to the Venture Fund, which is part of the Nine Network’s Igniting the Spirit of Possibility capacity campaign. The Venture Fund will expand program and production opportunities that showcase our region and help advance the impact of public service media, both locally and nationally. The Venture Fund is critical in that it is funding the Nine Network’s community engagement initiatives and community-focused programming.

“The Nine Network is very grateful to the Newman’s Own Foundation for recognizing the value of what Nine contributes to the community,” said Nine Network of Public Media President and CEO Jack Galmiche. “The challenge grant is an excellent way to encourage additional funding and to support local productions and initiatives.”

“Paul Newman believed that the independent voice played a critical role in making our world a better place,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “He was a strong supporter of public broadcasting, and we are proud to maintain that support through our funding of the Nine Network.”

Paul Newman established the Foundation in 2005, as a means of continuing his pledge to donate to charity all net profits and royalties from the sale of products from Newman’s Own, Inc. Since the food company’s founding in 1982, Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $370 million to thousands of charities worldwide.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy, nineNet.org, explorehomeland.org, beyondnovember.org and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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