Benton Foundation


1634 Eye Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington DC 20006 USA
ph:202-638-5770 fax:202-638-5771


The Benton Foundation works to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications. Bridging the worlds of philanthropy, public policy, and community action, Benton seeks to shape the emerging communications environment and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Through demonstration projects, media production and publishing, research, conferences, and grantmaking, Benton probes the relationships between the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors to address the critical questions for democracy in the information age.

Communications Policy and Practice  

Benton's CPP project is defining the public interest in the information age by documenting the effective uses of new communications tools, building a national network of activists and innovators to shape the emerging communications environment, and equipping them with policy analysis, case studies, lessons from the field and public opinion research.


Benton's KidsCampaigns project is empowering people to act on behalf of children in their neighborhoods and across the nation by providing, via the Internet, the tools, expert information, and connections they need to get smart, get started, and get connected.

Open Studio: The Arts Online

Open Studio: The Arts Online, a partnership between Benton and the National Endowment for the Arts, is building community through public service media by providing access to the arts via the Internet, helping local arts groups and artists to become information providers online, and establishing model points of access in every state.

Destination Democracy

Through Destination Democracy, Benton has created a tool for people to tackle the tough issue of campaign finance. This multiple-media initiative uses video, the World Wide Web, and electronic conferencing to provide citizens with the tools to help them map and understand the route to true campaign finance reform.

Sound Partners for Community Health

Benton's Sound Partners for Community Health challenges traditional methods of community problem solving, providing grants for program production and fostering collaboration between public radio stations and local organizations to develop health care solutions. Together, Benton, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the stations are experimenting with new strategies for meeting community health needs and supporting the public's involvement in health care decisionmaking.


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