NOWCastSA is a nonprofit organization, funded by grants, donations, underwriting, sponsorships and other contributions. NOWCastSA derives its 501(c)(3) status as a subordinate affiliate of the San Antonio Area Foundation, through SAAF's Group Exemption.
In December 2008, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded an initial, two-year $488,500 challenge grant to create NOWCastSA, as part of a national five-year, $24 million Knight Community Information Challenge.
To meet that challenge, CI:Now (formerly AACIS), and its partners committed funds and in-kind contributions valued at $438,500, and the San Antonio Area Foundation contributed $50,000. In addition, the Area Foundation Board of Directors pledged to contribute $50,000 per year to NOWCastSA for a total of five years, through 2013.
In June 2010, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a two-year $205,500 challenge grant to NOWCastSA, as part of the Knight Community Information Challenge. To meet that challenge, CI:Now and its partners, including the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, contributed $75,000 in matching funds in 2010 and $25,000 in 2011. The San Antonio Area Foundation contributed $50,000 toward that challenge grant in 2010 and contributed an additional $50,000 in November, 2011.
In addition, NOWCastSA is grateful for generous in-kind contributions from Rackspace Hosting, which hosts NOWCastSA and its archived video, the Online Media Legal Network, which provides media law services, and the San Antonio Public Library which gives NOWCastSA a home in the Central Library.
In 2011, NOWCastSA received additional underwriting support from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, as well as a grant from the San Antonio Conservation Society.
In 2013, NOWCastSA received a grant of $10,000 from the 80/20 Foundation.
NOWCastSA continues to seek additional revenue from grants, underwriting, sponsorships and donations from foundations and individuals and will list those sources on the website, in its Annual Report and also on the federally required disclosures on NOWCastSA's federal Form 990.
NOWCastSA Form 990
CI:Now, short for Community Information Now, is a partnership of more than 25 public, private, governmental, educational and healthcare organizations working together to "democratize data" since 1998.
CI:Now is made up of three coordinated arms, each of which extends into the community its unique contribution to CI:Now’s mission.
NOWData is CINow’s data arm. Its job is to demystify data and get it into the hands of people like you – people who are working to change our community for the better. NOWData is an online datacenter and data services provider administered by the University of Texas School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus (UTSPH-SARC), and technically supported by the NOWData Working Group comprised of local data providers and data users.
NOWTech is a partnership with the City of San Antonio to ensure that our community moves to and stays at the forefront of the tech revolution. NOWTech is a network of community-based computer training centers housed in the literacy centers of the City’s Department of Community Initiatives. There, in both English and Spanish, instructors teach adults how to use computers and the internet to improve their lives and those of their families.
The third arm is NOWCastSA, an independent, online-only community news organization, dedicated to local, public service journalism and to creating a neighbor-to-neighbor news and information network in San Antonio.
For more, visit CI:Now.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
According to its website, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide, focusing on projects with the potential to create transformational change.
"The Knight Community Information Challenge is premised on two strongly held beliefs:
In a democracy, information is essential for a community to function properly; it is a core need.
Since community foundations are established to meet core community needs, they are logical partners in meeting the information needs of communities."
For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.