Religion News Foundation

aka ReligionLink, Religion News Association, Religion Stylebook, Religion News Service   |   Columbia, MO   |  www.religionnewsfoundation.org

Mission

Religion News Foundation's mission is be the most trusted resource for news, features, and commentary about religion and spirituality, where people come together to understand each other’s beliefs.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Caldwell

Main address

30 Neff Annex

Columbia, MO 65211 USA

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Formerly known as

Religion Newswriters Foundation

EIN

31-1650883

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RNF seeks to increase the dialog in media about religion and faith in American life. It is a topic mainstream news organizations rarely cover, leaving a gaping coverage hole that begs to be filled, particularly as we are plunged into a new and uncertain world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Religion News Service

The Religion News Service (religionnews.com) tells the stories of people and faith communities that might otherwise go untold. Religion and beliefs impact every aspect of the world around us but are rarely covered in media. We bring knowledge and depth to the conversation through in-depth articles, a wire service and other media, including opinion articles and podcasts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Christians
Muslims
Secular groups
Interfaith groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Readers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Muslims, Secular groups, Interfaith groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average monthly readers are up 45%.

Number of Social Media Followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Interfaith groups, Muslims, Secular groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our total number of followers has increased by 9%.

Number of newsletter offerings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Interfaith groups, Muslims, Secular groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Articles Per Month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Interfaith groups, Muslims, Secular groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of articles have increased 27%.

Number of Page Views

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Interfaith groups, Muslims, Secular groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Page views are up 120%.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Religion News Foundation (RNF) seeks to support religion journalism and religion journalists in order to improve the public conversation about religion and faith's role in American life. We aim to accomplish this through:

• Providing our bedrock, independent, non-secular journalism at religionnews.com;
• Continuing to report on every major faith tradition;
• Distributing RNS journalism on additional media platforms as appropriate;
• Collaborating with community partners on journalism (including the AP and The Conversation), event partnerships and other special initiatives; and
• Providing educational resources and training to religion journalists, as well as resources including the Religion Stylebook and the ReligionLink source guide database.

Religion News Foundation works to achieve its goals through the creation of events, resources, and workshops for journalists at large and the development and support of religion journalism at Religion News Service (RNS).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Religion News Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Muhammed Chaudhry

Ken Chitwood

Dawn Araujo-hawkins

Won Kim

Tom Levinson

Betsy Shirley

John Terrill

Steven Waldman

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data