Any support to the foundation is a support for excellence in journalism, which is a sine qua non for democracy. As a fledgling institution we need the support of those who believe in our mission. Do remember that the amount of your support is not as important as the fact that you decide to support us. Outlined below are our needs as we start the process of building this foundation into a centre of excellence for journalism. Donations to the Foundation are exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.
The Foundation needs a permanent home and we are scouting for land and/or land with some construction that may be converted to house the foundation. Ideally, we need a couple of acres for the building, which will include offices, classes, seminar rooms, media labs, library, auditorium, and some housing facilities for visitors. Even as we look for the land we have set up a Campus Fund to collect a corpus for this purpose. We are also open to any family that wants to donate their ancestral property for this purpose. We have not honed in on any city for the same, and hence proposals for this would be welcome from any part of the country. Estimated amount: Rs. 5 crores.
We need a 1500-2000 square feet office in Mumbai that will serve as a City Centre. We would like this to be in Mumbai because the Foundation is registered in Mumbai and since the city has a long tradition of news media as the home to the oldest newspaper in Asia, as a centre of business, entertainment and sports journalism, and also a long tradition of independent press. The City Centre will house a conference room, offices and a library. We are looking for donors to contribute to the City Centre Fund. We are also open to anyone who wants to donate their premises for such a centre. Estimated amount: Rs 3 crores.
Our programmes include Citizen Journalism, High School Journalism, Archiving and Research. In the case of Citizen Journalism and High School Journalism, we need funds to spread them across the country including building robust technology platforms across using which they can be delivered and we also need funds to develop curriculum in different Indian languages. For archiving and research, we need funds both for archiving and for conducting research.
Since we provide tuition remissions and deferrals to students wanting to pursue their studies in the Journalism Mentor programme, we are always looking for funds. We are very keen on instituting scholarships especially directed at those segments of the populations that are deprived. While fully supporting a student for one year is Rs. 2 lakhs, we would be happy for any small contribution that goes towards student support.
We have a small library that we would like to augment with both digital and paper acquisitions. You can also donate your books or other material, including collections of old newspapers, magazines and other media material, for the library.
We conduct activities such as seminars, workshops and talks, which all require funds. We would appreciate any funds that you would like to donate towards these or any other activities.