The New England First Amendment Coalition appreciates the support of all its donors and volunteers. The work we accomplish every day on behalf of the First Amendment and open government simply would not occur without your help. In particular, NEFAC would like to thank the following Leadership Circle donors and Major Supporters for their contributions to our coalition this year:


For more than 100 years, the Rhode Island Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of Rhode Islanders. The foundation partners with generous individuals, families, organizations, and corporations that share its commitment to the state, as well as with nonprofit organizations that provide the “boots-on-the-ground” services that make Rhode Island a better place to live, work, and play.


The Boston Globe is New England’s foremost regional news source dedicated to providing in-depth coverage in breaking news, sports, business, lifestyle, and arts. With a mission to provide truth and accountability, both in print and on, the Globe is the epitome of premium journalism, winning 26 Pulitzer Prizes over the past 50 years.

Paul and Ann Sagan

The Robertson Foundation 


MAJOR SUPPORTERS | $2,500-$9,999

The Boston University College of Communication has been educating professional communicators since 1914. Today it’s educating the next generation of leaders in emerging media, journalism, film and television, advertising, public relations, communication research and media studies. Its more than 30,000 alumni occupy the highest levels in a multitude of fields.

As the largest local news operation in the state with more than 200 journalists, Hearst Connecticut Media Group is comprised of eight daily newspapers including the New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate and The Norwalk Hour, and 16 weekly newspapers including the Darien Times, Fairfield Citizen, New Canaan Advertiser, The Greater New Milford Spectrum and Westport News. The Group manages 21 websites, including sites for all of its papers, as well as, and

The Academy of New England Journalists was founded in 1960. The organization supports journalism programs throughout the region and honors those working at newspapers with its Yankee Quill Award for their lifetime of achievement and distinction in New England.

The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation‘s mission is to perpetuate a free press as a cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. The foundation helps by (1) advocating for open government (2) promoting integrity (3) encouraging excellence (4) fostering diversity (5) inspiring new generations of talented journalists and (6) protecting freedom of speech and press.

Genie Gannett for the First Amendment Museum | The First Amendment Museum inspires citizens to “Live Our Freedoms” by understanding and using our First Amendment rights to advance democracy so that all reap the benefits. The museum envisions a nation of individuals who are informed, active, and engaged in their commitment to uphold the freedoms protected by the First Amendment, inspired to live their freedoms in their everyday lives, and respectful of others’ right to do so.

Linda Pizzuti Henry

Champa Charitable Foundation Fund

Connecticut Public is Connecticut’s only state-wide, community-supported public media service. Connecticut Public is a member station of national public media services PBS and NPR, and parent company for three television stations: Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); CPTV Spirit; and PBS Kids 24/7; and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). We serve one million people each month through our television, radio and digital platforms.