President, Reva And David Logan Foundation
Richard Logan is dedicated to making a difference through innovative work in both the non-profit and commercial worlds. In addition to his twenty-five years as a founding executive with a UK-based Mac software company, Richard has been a hands-on funder/participant in projects across a wide range of disciplines worldwide. His efforts range from language and archival preservation to bettering outcomes for underserved schoolchildren to advancing independent media of all kinds – radio, film, print, and more. Richard comes to philanthropy with healthy skepticism and sharp business acumen. As President of The Reva and David Logan Foundation, he is tireless in his efforts to increase the efficacy of their many grant recipients; constantly evaluating grantee enterprises to discover new synergies, and often leveraging the pursuits of several seemingly disparate partners. Based in Chicago, The Reva and David Logan Foundation is a substantial program contributor to the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, as well as investing heavily in investigative journalism in the US and Europe – sponsoring training, scholarship, community, production, and promotion of original investigative work. The Foundation also supports major projects in social justice, the arts, and outstanding scholarship in multiple fields, both in urban Chicago and around the world. The governing board, composed of both family and independent directors, is guided by the words of the founder David Logan: “The Foundation primarily intends to be a catalyst for well-chosen projects that would not be successful without its creative or financial support. We expect to learn a lot about our choices and about ourselves.”
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With investigative journalism increasingly dependent on a philanthropic model of support, what are the long-term implications for the profession? Advertisers have long influenced media owners and publishers. Will foundation officers and wealthy donors take their place? What kind of impact and relationship do donors really expect? Are they in it for the long haul, or is muckraking just a fad in philanthropy? How can newsrooms maintain both editorial integrity and healthy working relationships with donors? Join a group of innovative grant makers and nonprofit media organizations for a candid roundtable conversation about the dynamics of donor-funded media, and explore best practices for donors and media working together to ensure journalism can play its essential role in supporting accountability, transparency, and progress.
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