Statement of Editorial Independence

Maryland Matters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent news site that relies on the generous contributions of individuals, organizations and charitable foundations to support our work. 

Those who donate to Maryland Matters do so with the understanding that we are beholden only to the pursuit of quality independent journalism. We accept contributions to pay for our overall operation, coverage of specific topics or special projects. Our news decisions are made independently, based on our news judgment. We do not give donors any right to assign, review or edit content.

A contribution to Maryland Matters does not entitle donors to any kind of preferential treatment or relationships with newsroom staff, and in no way protects them from journalistic scrutiny.

If donors who give $1,000 or more in a calendar year are named in a Maryland Matters article, we will disclose this fact in the body of the story. 

We do not accept donations made anonymously.

We believe in transparency about who contributes to us. To that end, we list our donors here. We want to thank each and every one of the individuals, groups and charitable foundations who make it possible to provide nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent news about the state we love.

O Pioneers! 

A special shout-out to the individuals and groups that contributed to Maryland Matters before we ever published a word. We call this group our Pioneers – brave souls who believed in our experiment in digital democracy. Like pioneers heading into a new land, these donors knew a better way was just beyond the horizon: the media landscape had changed — the for-profit model of newspapers was no longer working — and coverage of local and state news was diminishing.

Our Pioneers took a leap of faith so we could fill gaps in news coverage by venturing into the new territory of nonprofit online news. Our Pioneers believed, as we do, that informed citizens are foundation of democracy.

Thank you, to our Pioneers, and to everyone who has generously supported and sustained us as we produce original reporting and commentary about Maryland.

Pioneers

These donors supported Maryland Matters before its first story published on March 1, 2017.

$1,000 +
Diana and Bill Conway
Eliza Kurtz
James. L Kurtz and Judy Green
Josh Kurtz
Louis Peck
Andrea Witt
Up to $999
Hon. Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel
Kevin Adler
Darrell Anderson
David Anderson
Paul Arveson
Hon. Michael D. Barnes
Hon. Erek Barron
Eleanor Shaw Belblidia
Thomas A. Benson
Richard Berman
Jonathan Bernstein
Nicholas Blendy
Laslo Boyd
Sandra Benson Brantley
Jim Brocker
Hon. Bill Bronrott
Debra Bruno
James Burton
Michelle Byrnie-Parker
Hon. Al Carr
Barbara Casper
William A. Castelli
Chris Cillizza
Citizens for Brian Feldman
Jill Clark
Daniel M. Clements
Hon. Gene Counihan
Tom Dennison
Amy Dominello
David M. Drucker
Todd Eberly
Choral Eddie
Hon. Sarah Elfreth
Hon. Gail and Robert Ewing
Landon Fahrig
Camille Fesche

Hon. Robert L. Flanagan

Brian Frazee
Hon. Bill Frick
Lisa Friedman
Hon. Andrew Friedson
Friends of Chris Trumbauer
Friends of Valerie Ervin
Hon. Gil Genn
Dylan Goldberg
Casey Gomes
Remy Shaffer Gomes
Nora Gordon
Jordan Grossman
John Handley
Kristen Harbeson
Justin Hayes
Ashley Heffernan
Dori Berman Henry
James Hettinger
Amoretta M. Hoeber
Emily Hollis
Fred And Eileen Hoover Jr.
Lawrence Hurley
Hon. John Hurson
Greg Jennings
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Jeremy Karpatkin
Sue Kopen Katcef
Gertrude Kildee
Kevin Kinnally
Joel Kirkland and Annie Snider
Anne Klase
Hon. Nancy K. Kopp
Hon. Marc A. Korman
Hon. Benjamin Kramer
Mileah Kromer
Linda Lamone
Landmark Consultants, LLC
Law Offices of Schwartz, Metz & Wise, PA
Patricia Levee
Dinah Leventhal and Patrick Lacefield
Hon. George Leventhal
Rose Li
Howard Libit
Hon. Terry Lierman
Edward Luria
Nancy S. Martin
Maryland Citizens Health Initiative
Maryland Independent College and University Association Inc.
Maryland State Educators Association
MarylandReporter.com Inc.
Elizabeth Matory
Stacey Maud
McCray Properties
Hon. Aruna Miller and David Miller
Hon. Connie Morella
Michael Morrill

Hon. Mathew J. Mossburg

Rory Murray
Samantha O’Neil
David R. Paulson
Louis Peck
Benjamin Pershing
Scott Peterson
Patrick Pexton
Luke Pinton
Joan C. Pollitt
Charles Porcari
Hon. John Porcari
Public Policy Partners, LLC
Manuel G. Quinones and Frank C. Salamone
Hon. Jamie Raskin
Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC
Hon. Marc Rodriguez
Lawrence N. Rosenblum
Elli Ross
Fran Rothstein
Tim Rowland
Brooks Schandelmeier
Karen B. Shlaush
Lawrence Shulman
Jonathan Shurberg
Paul Singer
Hon. Jeffrey Slavin
SMECO
Robert Smith
Scott Sokol
Deborah Spielberg
Matthew Stegman
Hon. Vaughn Stewart
Dawn Stoltzfus
Hon. Jimmy Tarlau
The Hatcher Group, INC
William I. Turque and Melinda Henneberger
Luis Valdivieso
VBA Inc.
Alexus Viegas
Jaclyn Vincent
Thomas Waldron
Ralph E. Watkins
Yaakov Weissmann
Timothy Wheeler
William White
Catherine Whittenberg
Caleb Wolf
Jennifer Yachnin
Jill Zuckman
Samantha Zwerling

Greater Washington Community Foundation

We want to give special recognition to the nonprofit Greater Washington Community Foundation, which was our fiscal sponsor in our early years, enabling us to solicit and collect tax-deductible contributions. We are grateful to the staff and leadership of the Greater Washington Community Foundation for their generous assistance and guidance as we developed from an occasional blog run primarily by volunteers to a full-fledged website publishing original news and commentary six days a week.

Maryland Matters is pleased that is now recognized in its own right a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. Our federal tax ID is 83-0949175.

2017: Publication day forward

$1,000 +
Caryl Ashrey
Matthew Bernstein
Kate Berry
Jane Brown
Capitol Strategies
Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Jack Garson
John Harwood
Josh Kurtz
Margaret Thale
June and David Trone Family Foundation
Up to $999
Shaila Aery
AFSCME Maryland Council 3
Syeda and Mohammed Ahmed
Hon. Casey Anderson
David Anderson
John Appiah-Duffell
Elliot Ashrey
Charles Babington
Hon. Michael D. Barnes
Hon. Erek Barron
Hon. Pam Beidle
Eleanor Shaw Belblidia
Jonathan Bernstein
Dana Beyer
Ben Bialek
David Blair
Jeffrey Bliss
Margaret Blodgett
Kathy Blue
Hon. Elizabeth Bobo
Robert Bole
Sara Bondioli
Philip Boroff
Carole Brand
Hon. Cherri L. Branson
Sandy Brantley
John Breitenberg
Eric Brenner
Art Brodsky
Hon. Bill Bronrott
Renee Brooker
Nancy Brooks
James Burton
Duane Carey
Larry and Elilzabeth Carson
Barbara Casper
William A. Castelli
Catherine Cecil
Daniel M. Clements
Mary Catherine Cochran
Rich Cohen

Michael Collins

Diana and Bill Conway
Hon. Gene Counihan
Sue Cross
Alice Denison
Steve Dennis
Tom Dennison
Karen Denny
Lauren DeSantolo
Kahan Dhillon
Camille Dobson
Sherry Dudley
Hon. Kathleen Dumais
Allison and Christopher Eatough
Todd Eberly
Choral Eddie
Karl Eisenhower
Hon. Sarah Elfreth
Emily P. English
Hon. Gail Ewing
Steve Farber
Jill B. Feinberg
Helen Fessenden
Maria T. Figueredo
Lee V. A. Fishman
Adrianne Flynn
Hon. Pete Fosselman
Len Foxwell
Hon. Peter Franchot
Howard Freedlander
Bradley Frome
Bill Gaertner
Danielle Gaines
Eric Gally
Joseph Giordano
Hon. Barry Glassman
Barbara Goldberg Goldman
Seth Goldman
Neil A. Grauer
Greater Baltimore Committee
Charles Green
Neil Greenberger
Hon. Melony Griffith
Daniel Gross
John Handley
Claudine Hellmuth
Susan Heltemes
Tracey Henley
Hannah Hess
James Hettinger
Hon. Shelly Hettleman
Jeff Hoerth
Abraham Edward Hollander
Hon. Tom Hucker
Lawrence Hurley
Hon. John Hurson
Diane Hutchins
Nadia Ibrahim
Jeremy Jacobs
Louis Jacobson
Ashwani Jain
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Hon. John Kane
Sue Kopen Katcef
Keith Haller-Potomac Inc.
Brian Kildee
Gertrude Kildee
Anne Klase
Emily Koechlin
Hon. Rose Krasnow
Mileah Kromer
Eliza Kurtz
James L. Kurtz and Judy Green
Zoe Kurtz
Amanda La Forge
Hon. Clarence K. Lam
Linda Lauer
Len Lazarick
Joshua Leibner
Andrea L. Levinson
Diane and Ira Levy
Rose Li
Howard Libit
Robert Lipman
Stefan A. MacGillis
Anne Maher
Stephen Martino
Maryland Citizens Health Initiative
Ramona Matthews
Jill and Timothy Mayotte
McCray Properties
Champe McCulloch
Karen McManus
Carol Middlebrook
Hon. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.
Judith A. Minkove
Milton Minneman
Hon. Connie Morella
Matthew Mosk
Erick Mullen
Pat Murray
Gregg Nass
Jennifer Navabi
Mary Nemick
Susan Ness
Natalie Nessser
James Neustadt
Esther Newman
Sandra Nicht
Kathleen Nieberding Temprine
Karen and David Nitkin
Susan O’Brien
Damian O’Doherty
Susan Ogden
Karl Olmstead
Samantha O’Neil
Neal Orringer
Sima Osdoby
David Ottalini
Marissa Padilla
Bob Pearl
Louis Peck
Peter Perini
Dru Schmidt Perkins
Benjamin Pershing
Patrick Pexton
Charles Porcari
Hon. John Porcari
Public Policy Partners, LLC
Michael Reilly
Sean Reilly
Jacob J. Rosen
Lewis and Sheila Rosenberg
Ben Ross
Fran Rothstein
Joel Rozner
Hon. Joel Rubin
Susan Russell
Sheila Ruth
Nancy Ryan
Elizabeth Sachs
Michael Sanderson
Glenn E. Schneider
Dee Schofield
Kali Schumitz
Sean Sedam
Hon. Ira and Nancy Shapiro
Hon. Peter Shapiro
Kelsey Shields
Mirian Silvera
Michael E. Silverman
Steve Simon
Steven Skalet
Tina Slater
Scott Smallwood
SMECO
Fraser Smith
Jodi L. Smith
Linell N. Smith
Hon. Peter Smith
Hon. William Smith
Sebastian Smoot
David Sonoda
Gabriel Sorrel
Dan Sparaco
Deborah Spielberg
Ross Stern
Noelle Straub
Hon. Jimmy Tarlau
Hon. Chris Trumbauer
Hon. Susie Turnbull
Hon. Kenneth Ulman
James Uphoff
Viki Volk
Thomas Waldron
Laura Wallace
Hon. Mark Wasserman
Richard H. Watson
Peter Wayner
Amy Weathers
David Weaver
Jeffrey Weisner
Gail Weiss
Melanie Wenger
Greg and Lisa Wenzel
Josh White
Lauren Whittington
Rankin Whittington
Hon. Bruce Williams
Hon. John Willis
Lewis Winarsky
Steve Wise
Woody Woodruff
Jennifer Yachnin
Julie and James Young
William F. Zorzi

2018

$1,000 +
Jane Brown
Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Energy & Environment Publishing LLC
James L. Kurtz and Judy Green
Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation
Hopewell Fund
Louis Peck
Lawrence N. Rosenblum
Hon. Jeffrey Slavin
June and David Trone Family Foundation
Hon. Steven VanGrack
Up to $999
Hon. Bruce T. Adams
Tim Adams
Kevin Adler and Gina McNeal
Nikita Advani
Hon. Gabe Albornoz
Hon. Gary Alexander
David Anderson
John Andryszak
Hon. Jud Ashman
Adam Aton
Hon. Michael D. Barnes
Nicholas Baumann
Eleanor Shaw Belblidia
Rachel Berkey
Jonathan Bernstein
Kate Berry
Richard Stack and Beverly B. Ress
Ben Bialek
Teresa Birge
Kevin Bogardus
Matthew Bohle
Deborah Bowers
Laslo Boyd
Carole Brand
Sandra Benson Brantley
Robin Bravender
Elizabeth Brent
Art Brodsky
Alan Brody
Hon. Bill Bronrott
Dylan Brown
Debra Bruno
Eric Bryant
James Burton
Karen Bury
George Cahlink
Hon. Mary Beth Carozza
Alan Carton
Barbara Casper
William A. Castelli
Catherine Cecil
CHECK – Citizens Helping Elect Cheryl Kagan
Ann Ciekot
Jill Clark
Daniel M. Clements
James Cockey
Bret S. Cohen
John Comer
Diana and Bill Conway
Charles Cooper
Ellen Coren
Christopher Costello
Hon. Gene Counihan
Mark Counselman
Matthew Crenson
Sue Cross
Joseph Davidson
Charlotte Davis
Vincent DeMarco
Alice Denison
Steve Dennis
Tom Dennison
Karen Denny
Bruce DePuyt
Elizabeth Devlin-Foltz
Ike Dixon III
Kevin Donnelly
Michael Doyle
Cyril Draffin
Chris Dungan
Choral Eddie
Brian Edwards
Paul Ellis
Hon. Gail Ewing
Mike Faden
David Ferris
Diane Fink
Sheldon Fishman
Greg FitzGerald
Adrianne Flynn
Hon. Pete Fosselman
Len Foxwell
Mike Fraioli
Howard Freedlander
Janice Frey
Bradley Frome
Matthew Gallagher
Linda Gellman
Hon. Gil Genn
Jon Gerson
Hon. Barry Glassman
Barbara Goldberg Goldman
Paul Goldman
Ted Goldman
Deena Goldsmith
E Joyce Gould
Thomas Grant
Neil A. Grauer
Neil Greenberger
Hon. Melony Griffith
Daniel Gross
Mary Anne Hardy
Greg Hare
Jim Harkness
Chelsea Harvey
William Haskell
Claudine Hellmuth
Tracey Henley
Dori Berman Henry
Matthew Herrmann
James Hettinger
Denise Hill
Abraham Edward Hollander
Fred And Eileen Hoover Jr.
Katie Howell Beckman
Hon. Tom Hucker
Ann Humphrey
Michael Hunley
Lawrence Hurley
Hon. John Hurson
Diane Hutchins
Wanda Hutchinson
Jeremy Jacobs
Michael Johansen
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Jane Johnston
Sean Johnson
Hon. Cheryl Kagan
Debra Kahn
Hon. Anne Kaiser
Miriam Kaiser-Kaiser for Delegate
Betty Kaplan
Jeremy Karpatkin
Sue Kopen Katcef
Aaron Kaufman
Barbara A. Kaufmann
LeeAnn Kaye
Hon. Delores G. Kelley
Troy Kieser
Gertrude Kildee
Emery M. Kiraly
Joel Kirkland and Annie Snider
Joan Kleinman
Lisa Klingenmaier
Emily Koechlin
Hon. Nancy K. Kopp
Geof Koss
Betsy Krieger
Mileah Kromer
Eliza Kurtz
Zoe Kurtz
J.V. LaBeaume
Tom Lachman
Hon. Steve Lafferty
Alicia LaPorte
Mary Jo Lazun
Bruce Lee
Mike Lee
Hon. Ike Leggett
Joshua Leibner
Tori Leonard
Patricia Levee
Barbara Levin
Andrea L. Levinson
Hon. Larry Levitan
Marcia Verploegen Lewis
Howard Libit
Hon. Terry Lierman
Kate Ling
Julia Littleton
Carrie Lovejoy
Len Lucchi
Colleen Luccioli
Tammy Luzzatto
Clinton MacSherry
Anne Maher
Tommi Makila
Hon. Adrienne Mandel
Nick Manis
Diane and David Marks
Jill Martin
Nancy S. Martin
Colleen Martin-Lauer
Stephen Martino
Denise Matricciani
Ramona Matthews
Hon. Cory McCray
Champe McCulloch
Donna Meyers
Melanie Miller
Patrick Miller
Tracy Miller
Ryan Miner
Sam Mintz
Holly Mirabella
Hon. Connie Morella
Kenneth Muir
Virginia Murphy
David Murray
Katie Nash
James Neustadt
Esther Newman
Andrew Nicklas
Kathleen Nieberding Temprine
Kevie Niland
Elizabeth Nilson
Joy Nurmi
Eric Odum
Karl Olmstead
Sima Osdoby
Norman Oslik
Hon. George Owings
Eric Palakovich Carr
Justin Palk
Anand Parikh
Mark and Doreen Paster
Jerry Pasternak
Marli Heimann Pasternak
Paul Peditto
Hon. Tom Perez
Ellen Petersen
Scott Peterson
Hon. Paul Pinsky
Luke Pinton
David Plymyer
Hon. John Porcari
Karla Raettig
Michael Reilly
Sean Reilly
Martin W. Reisinger
Hon. Peta Richkus
Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC
Michael Ritterpusch
Ellen Robertson
Melissa Rock
Lorraine Rogers
Lewis Rosenberg
Ben Ross
Elli Ross
Fran Rothstein
William Rothstein
Tim Rowland
Hon. Ida Ruben
Nancy Ryan
Barbara Marsh Sanders
Michael Sanderson
Lisa Schlossnagle
Glenn E. Schneider
Dee Schofield
Kali Schumitz
Jack Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz
Bryan P. Sears
Sean Sedam
Jonathan Seeman
Roslynn Seidenstein
Jacob Sesker
Hon. Ira and Nancy Shapiro
Julian Sharat
Rose Shaun
Tom Sherwood
Chuck Short
Steve Simon
Paul Singer
Don Slater
David Slusarczyk
Scott Smallwood
SMECO
Fraser Smith
Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder
Blake Sobczak
David Sonoda
Mike Soraghan
Nancy Soreng
Patti Ray Sorini
Gabriel Sorrel
Deborah Spielberg
Sheila Sprague
Anne-Marie St. Germaine
Clarissa Stark
Stephen R. Stern
Karen Stokes
Dawn Stoltzfus
Ben Storrow
Karyn Strickler
Carol Swan
Tricia Swanson
Susan Talbott
Hon. Jimmy Tarlau
Sharon Taylor
Stephen Thurston
Mike Tidwell
Trade Pulse Co., DBA Potato Valley Cafe
Kyle Trygstad
Hon. Susie Turnbull
T. Turner
Catherine M. Tyler
James Uphoff
Allison Vaillancourt
Gidon van Emden
William Van Wyke
Sara Visintainer
Viki Volk
Thomas Waldron
Derek Walker
Kathryn Walters
Alex Wang
Jason Waskey
Ralph E. Watkins
Carolyn Watkins-Taylor
David Weaver
Chevy Weiss
Timothy Wheeler
Clyde White
Ruth White
Hon. John Willis
Glenn Wilson
Lewis Winarsky
Caleb Wolf
Woody Woodruff
Joseph Wyatt
Jennifer Yachnin
Cy Zaneski
Sandra Zimmet
William F. Zorzi

2019 

$1,000 +
Jane Brown
Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation
Hopewell Fund
Up to $999
Joseph Adams
Misty Allen
Hon. Carmen Amedori
America’s Charities
John Andryszak
Nicholas Baumann
Tyler Bennett
Merrie Blocker
Hon. Elizabeth Bobo
Deborah Bowers
Laslo Boyd
Chris Bruch
Eric Bryant
Mario Bv
Sarah Cavitt
Mark Counselman
Maureen Curry
Moira Cyphers
John Daniel
Joseph Davidson
Jackie DeCarlo
Richard DeShay Elliott
Tesh Diriba
Brian Ditzler
Michael Dufour
Hon. Paul Ellington
Hon. Gail Ewing
Landon Fahrig
Henry Fawell
Pam and David Fleischaker
Laura Forman
Mike Fraioili
Joseph Francaviglia
Hon. William Frank
Diana Friedman
Friends of Barry Glassman
Joyce Garrison
Anne George
Barbara Goldberg Goldman
Howard Gorrell
Thomas Grant
Hon. Dirk Haire
Stephen Haller
Mary Anne Hardy
Tony Hausner
Patricia Helfrich
Herrmannlaw LLC
Bill Holleran
Fred and Eileen Hoover Jr.
Josh Howe
Hon. John Hurson
Joseph Jakuta
Sebastian Johnson
Hon. John Kane
Aisha Khan
Thomas Kohn
Geof Koss
Jamie Kozumbo
Bob Kresslein
Mileah Kromer
Eliza Kurtz
Amanda La Forge
Tom Lachman
Michael LaGiglia
Kim Lamphier
Barbara Lenkerd
Tori Leonard
Hon. Larry Levitan
Joyce Lombardi
Len Lucchi
Anne Maher
Nancy S. Martin
Jeffrey McCasland
John McKusick
Melanie Miller
Ryan Miner
Milton Minneman
Hon. Van T. Mitchell
James Montgomery
David Murray
Hon. David Naimon
Frances Nebesky
Lisa Nevans Locke
Kathleen Nieberding Temprine
Terrill North
Susan O’Brien
Damian O’Doherty
Emma Oppenheim
Hon. Julie Palakovich Carr
Anand Parikh
Daniel Peck
Paul Peditto
Benjamin Pershing
Scott Peterson
Carollyn Philip
Melissa Porricelli
Karla Raettig
Hon. Peta Richkus
Denise Riley
Ben Ross
Elli Ross
Trip Rothschild
William Rothstein
Wendy Royalty
Michael Sanderson
Dee Schofield
Kali Schumitz
Jack Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz
Bryan P. Sears
Roslynn Seidenstein
Albert Sherman
Tom Sherwood
Alexandra Shull
Stephen Slater
Tom Slater
Lisa Smith
Hon. Jared S. Solomon
Deborah Spielberg
Miranda Spivack
Joan Stanne
Andy Stern
Dawn Stoltzfus
Carol Swan
Michael Tardif
Hon. Jimmy Tarlau
Margaret Thale
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Carol Trawick
Richard Vatz
Marie Velong
Laura Wallace
Yaakov Weissmann
John Wharton
Clyde White
William White
David Winfield
Jennifer Yachnin
Fran Younger

Donors in 2019 as of October 10, 2019.