REPRESENTATIVE INITIATIVES AND GRANTS
Since 2001 Glaser Progress Foundation has awarded Democracy NOW! grants totaling over $1.2 million. These grants support DN! in
producing rapid response, on-the-ground coverage of breaking news events and the daily news program The
War and Peace Report which is broadcast on 1490 stations via radio, television and the Internet in more
than 40 countries worldwide. Past grants have also focused on DN!'s election coverage and expanding DN!'s
global audience, especially in the Hispanic community, funding for the construction of a new studio, and
celebration of DN!'s 20th Anniversary in 2016.
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Committed to independent journalism and with the rise of government digital surveillance, Glaser Progress
Foundation funded installation of SecureDrop encryption technology, originally coded by the late Aaron Swartz,
for media outlets to securely accept documents from anonymous sources.
· The Russian Connection
Glaser Project Foundation supported special coverage of the
Trump-Russian scandal through a portal at the Mother Jones website containing
long-form investigative features, breaking reports, in-depth examinations, a
comprehensive timeline and newsletter.
· For-Profit Prison Reform
Glaser Progress Foundation supported the much-
acclaimed Mother Jones magazine expose of the for-profit prison industry.
Reporter Shane Bauer, who went undercover as a corrections guard in a Louisiana
prison, won the Best Reporting prize from the American Society of Magazine
Editors for his 18-month investigation.
Global Press Institute
Glaser Progress Foundation funded a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda training women
journalists via an award-winning training-to-employment model which includes advanced photojournalism, technology,
and safety and security training.
Progressive Studies Program
In 2009 Glaser Progress Foundation in partnership with the Center for American Progress launched the Progressive
Studies Program. The program was a unique interdisciplinary project exploring the history, intellectual foundations
and public understanding of progressivism in America. The program increased public awareness of progressive
ideas and values, educated public officials and policymakers through lectures, seminars, articles, public
events, book discussions, new media tools, and training seminars with activists and young people.
Co-founded by musician Peter Gabriel, WITNESS identifies critical situations and teaches those
affected by them the basics of video production, safe and ethical filming techniques, and advocacy
strategies. WITNESS has partnered with over 425 organizations from 130 countries, and trained more
than 11,000 people to use video to overcome political, economic and physical barriers, expose human
rights abuses to the world, and mobilize public concern through grassroots advocacy. More than one
million people accessed WITNESS resources in 2018 alone. Glaser Progress Foundation has supported
WITNESS with more than $400,000 in grants.
Radio B92 pioneered the use of the Internet as a means of bypassing media repression, won global
acclaim for helping bring down a corrupt and violent regime and nurtured a thriving creative scene
in Yugoslavia. In 1999 the Milosevic government confiscated B92's radio transmitter and turned off
the station's Internet streaming software. Glaser Progress Foundation provided funding for relocation
support to journalists caught in the Kosovo crisis, enabling them to resume broadcasting on the Internet
from other parts of Europe. Over the years, B92's steadfast advocacy of professionalism, as well as
protection of human rights, especially the right to free speech, has been recognized in a number of
international awards and subject of the best-selling This is Serbia Calling, released in the U.S. under
the title Guerrilla Radio: Rock 'N' Roll Radio and Serbia's Underground Resistance. B92 now operates as
Play Radio on 92.5 MHz FM and O2.TV.
The Human Rights Project at Bard College
The Human Rights Project at Bard College, in collaboration with the New York-based International Center for
Transitional Justice and with Glaser Progress Foundation support, created a permanent internet-accessible
comprehensive video archive of the landmark war crimes trial of
This dramatic case against the former Yugoslav President—the first head-of-state to face an international
trial for crimes against humanity and genocide—was held at the United Nation's International Criminal Tribunal
in The Hague (Netherlands) and is the most significant war crimes case in Europe since the Nazi prosecutions at