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Making Contact / International Media Project

Radio stories and voices to take action

aka Making Contact or National Radio Project   |   Oakland, CA   |  https://www.radioproject.org

Mission

Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action. ---------------------- International Media Project (aka Making Contact) is an independent non-profit media organization, founded in 1994. Making Contact heightens public consciousness, broadens debate on critical social issues and encourages civic participation by giving voice to diverse perspectives and opinions not typically heard in the mass media. In pursuit of this vision, the organization produces and distributes high quality public affairs radio programs to 151 radio stations across the U.S. Canada and Australia and via podcasts.

Ruling year info

1996

Interim Executive Director

Jessica Partnow

Co Principal Officer

Board Members

Main address

1714 Franklin St., #100-251

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

94-3239511

NTEE code info

Radio (A34)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Making Contact weekly radio show and podcast

1) Making Contact covers many social justice issues including Prisons, Environment, Women, Globalization, Immigration, Racial Justice, LGBTQIA and Labor.
2) Distribution to over 150 radio stations throughout the US, including some stations in Canada and Australia. We also have over 16,000 podcast subscribers.
3) Training of emerging journalists and community organizers who want to use media to enhance their work
4) Community Collaborations with grassroots organizations across the country to develop pitches and stories.

Past special programs have included: "Katrina Uncovers" Black Land and Labor ; "When Your Back's Against the Wall, You Gotta Dance" On the Frontlines of Reproductive Justice; "Globalization Voices of Resistance," a look at the institutions behind globalization through the stories of affected people from around the world, and "Water Rights: No Clear Solution."

Population(s) Served
Adults

We co-produce and skill-share with community members via a 14 week paid fellowship. The capstone to the fellowship is a 10-minute radio segment and blog posts. The audio segment is personal and soundrich and is included in our weekly radio broadcast

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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Making Contact / International Media Project

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mickey Ellinger

Susan Gleason

Mickey Ellinger

Oriana Bolden

Yuko Kodama

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? Not applicable
  • 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 10/4/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/09/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.