Reporting Guide & Questions (2020)

Open Reporting Guide & Questions

Towards the end of the campaign, we'll ask for documentation of the donations you received during NewsMatch. This is an important part of our process to verify that participating organizations are successfully raising money through the campaign and growing their fundraising capacity.


The Reporting Process

There are seven steps to the NewsMatch 2020 reporting process.

  1. Prepare match documentation
  2. Determine goal-based bonus eligibility
  3. Prepare evaluation responses
  4. Submit documentation and evaluation
  5. Complete INN Index survey
  6. The Miami Foundation reviews submission
  7. The Miami Foundation processes payments

Download the NewsMatch reporting guide for detailed instructions for each step.

Important Note!

This year, we are integrating the NewsMatch 2020 reporting process with the INN Index 2020. Organizations participating in NewsMatch will no longer face overlapping questions. By streamlining these processes, there is just one time throughout the year that you will report financial data to INN.

NewsMatch grant payments will be issued upon completion of your organization’s post-campaign report and INN Index questionnaire.

View INN Index questions to prepare your response (questions coming soon!)


New This Year

With so many changes this year, we encourage you to review what is required for post-match reporting. The full Reporting Requirements Guide can be found here and webinar recording here.

  • NewsMatch Reporting + INN Index: We are integrating the NewsMatch 2020 reporting process with the INN Index 2020 so NewsMatch participants will no longer face overlapping questions. By streamlining these processes, there is just one time throughout the year that you will report financial data to INN. We highly recommend viewing and preparing your responses to theINN index questions and NewsMatch questions ahead of submission time. Please note that there are two separate reports due by Jan. 24: the NewsMatch post-campaign report and the INN Index Questionnaire. NewsMatch grant award payments will be issued upon completion of both reports.
  • Match Documentation + Cover Sheet: This year, we are asking that all participants include ALL eligible donations from individuals secured between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 (even if this total goes beyond the total campaign match cap of $11,500). We are actively fundraising throughout the campaign and may have the potential to increase the match cap, so please include all gifts from individuals during this entire period of time.
  • Anonymous Donations Accepted: For the first timeNewsMatch will match anonymous individual donations of $5,000 and under. INN’s member standards require that organizations list all donors of $5,000 and above on their websites and that anonymous donations should not make up more than 15 percent of an organization’s annual revenue. Anonymous donations of more than $5,000 could place an organization in violation of these standards. Newsrooms will have to certify that all submitted donations meet the required eligibility standards for this campaign.
  • Goal-Based Bonus Eligibility - Startup Boost: Startup news organizations founded in 2018, 2019, or 2020 are eligible to receive a bonus for securing at least 100 new donors between Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. This bonus amount will be determined after the NewsMatch campaign and will only be awarded if excess match funds are available. Review the fine print of this year’s bonus qualifications here.
  • Additional Match Funds: Organizations can use their participation in NewsMatch to secure additional match funds (often local matches) from foundations, major donors, or businesses. These are donations or pledges that you, as a NewsMatch participant, secured on your own to increase the total amount of dollars matched by individuals during your year-end campaign. If this applies to your campaign, please be prepared to report the number of donors and total amount raised by funder type.
  • Learning Experience: We are interested in learning if you participated in or used any NewsMatch resources to help you with your campaign. This year’s questionnaire includes a few questions about the use and effectiveness of these resources to help us to improve future offerings.

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