FRANKLIN NEWS FOUNDATION

Chicago, IL   |  franklinnews.org

Mission

Franklin News Foundation’s mission is to hold government accountable through objective, balanced, citizen-focused public journalism with a taxpayer sensibility. Our work allows all readers to understand the impact and importance of governmental issues in their own backyard. Franklin News Foundation’s vision is to build and sustain a 50-state digital hub and newswire service that delivers high-quality journalism with velocity, frequency and consistency. Franklin’s journalism allows readers to connect to taxpayer-centric issues within their statehouse, across their state and in their hometown, and is delivered to the public on multiple platforms.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Chris Krug

Main address

200 West Madison Street Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

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EIN

26-4066298

NTEE code info

Government and Public Administration (W20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Watchdog.org

Watchdog.org’s mission is to restore oversight of our state governments, to hold politicians and bureaucrats at all levels accountable for their handling of taxpayers’ dollars and to promote innovative solutions to public policy challenges. We are committed to creating non-partisan journalism reflecting this mission in a distinctive voice deeply skeptical of the entire political process. Our stories aim to disrupt the prevailing political narrative, to provoke change, incite debate and challenge partisans of all political stripes.

As a small but nimble news organization, we are not the stenographers of record in our communities. Instead, we are the investigator for news all too often overlooked or abandoned by mainstream sources but of vital importance to our readers.

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Financials

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FRANKLIN NEWS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 8/9/2021
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Board chair

John Miller

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No