Who we are?
The Media Development Foundation is a non-profit organization originally founded by the journalists from the Kyiv Post. We know how Ukrainian media work, what problems they face and how to make them stronger. We are result-oriented with a focus on helping journalists and media publications learn practical skills while adhering to best professional standards.
What we are doing?
Our key projects:
Since May 2013 our trainings were attended by 500+ journalists from Ukraine and the former Soviet Union, leading to the publication of over 1,500+ materials. We work with 44 partner organizations across Ukraine.
And this is just the beginning…
What we are asking for?
Since our launch MDF has operated without institutional support, which means we have money for individual projects but not the organisation itself. Through creativity, goodwill and a lot of hard work we have brought administrative expenses down to around 15% – an outlier compared to most non-profits!
While we’re proud that 85% of spending goes to core projects, limited core funding reduces our effectiveness and prevents us from bringing some of the young, talented people onboard.
By providing us with core support you help us focus on what matters most – delivering positive change in Ukraine’s media landscape – and raising the next generation of leaders.
Our latest projects include the School of Journalism in English, technical seminars, educational projects on scientific journalism and urbanism, an infographics lab and much more.
Who are doing it?
We have a small team of just four: former Kyiv Post journalist and director Daryna Shevchenko, project assistant manager Anastasia Sosnova, CFO Iryna Skrynnyk and financial assistant Lyudmyla Sai.
We also have project specific coordinators. Valeria Lauda coordinates the Laboratory of Hyperlocal Media; Artem Gusak runs Journalism of Tolerance. Interns and volunteers occasionally help us, but the main work lies on the four of us and often we just do not have enough hands to do everything.
For what we need the money?
Every bit of help counts!
The project of institutional support for Media Development Foundation is ongoing –without a deadline or final amount. We will report on collected money and expenditures