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Look, Listen, Local: An Innovation Fund

Look, Listen, Local: An Innovation Fund

Funds Raised:
R 590 327
Fundraising Target:
R 2 000 000

Personal message

The South African media plays a crucial role in upholding our democracy. In a world plagued by alarmist fake news and dubious social media influencers, our committed news media stands strong, fearlessly reporting on state capture, Covid-19 corruption, and holding both citizens and politicians accountable.

As we approach upcoming elections, we believe that an informed and empowered voting populace is vital. To achieve this, we need your support in ensuring a robust and diverse media landscape that leaves no voice behind. Quote This Woman+ (QW+) and the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) have joined forces to make this vision a reality.

Who We Are:
AIP represents hundreds of small, locally-owned media outlets, while QW+ provides a rich database of experts that journalists rely on, both locally and internationally, to bring diverse perspectives to the forefront. Our collective mission is to strengthen and democratize news, empowering communities from the grassroots up.

Our Vision:
Together, we have launched the Look, Listen, Local Innovation Fund. Our goal is to raise R2 million to kickstart this initiative. The fund is dedicated to supporting problem-solving initiatives on the ground that will drive positive change.

Why Your Support Matters:
Your donation will directly contribute to sustaining and enriching South African media. It will empower us to continue informing, educating, and uplifting society with balanced and meaningful stories. Every contribution, no matter the size, plays a vital role in making a lasting impact on our media landscape.

How You Can Make a Difference:
Make a donation: Every Rand counts! Your contribution will be a powerful investment in the future of South African media.

Spread the word: Share our cause with your friends, family, and social networks. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positive change.

Attend our event: To launch the fund, we’re inviting SA’s top businesses to join us for a conversation-starting breakfast on Friday, 22 September 2023 in Johannesburg. Headlined by a prominent thought-leader, Mbali Ntuli, we’ll be feeding top executives a delicious breakfast, food for thought and tickling their funny bones with one of SA’s top comedy talent hosting the breakfast. Email [email protected] for more info on securing a table for your company.

Join Us Today:
By supporting the Look, Listen, Local Innovation Fund, you are directly influencing the strength of our democracy, the quality of our media, and the empowerment of communities across South Africa. Together, let's shape a sustainable and thriving media landscape for a better tomorrow.

Donate now and be a part of this transformative journey. Together, we can make a difference!

Please note: we can send you a section 18A certificate for your donation. Email [email protected] if you'd like one. 


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  • Aug 15, 2023 - R 3 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Dismantle patriarchy in all its forms!" - Verne Harris

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  • Aug 11, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Let’s get marginalised voices heard." - Bruce Gordon

  • Aug 11, 2023 - USD $ 28.67 Fees covered
  • "Thanks for the challenge Prof Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela Foundation, accepted with pleasure. I now challenge Bruce Gordon" - Melinda Swift from the GCRO

  • Aug 03, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "Excited to contribute to this worthy cause!" - Anonymous

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Fundraising target

R 2 000 000.00

Donations to date

R 590 326.99

Funds raised offline

R 583 504.00

Quote This Woman+

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When it comes to the news, a woman is interviewed or quoted as a media expert only once for every four times that a man is. This means that time and again, stories that impact women as much as they impact men, are discussed on news panels and reported in newspapers without women having a chance to voice their input. QW+ curates a database of woman experts, leaders, and agitators; and lobbies journalists and news producers to turn to this database first when looking for people to interview and quote for their stories.

We also call out gender bias in news reporting. We are a nonprofit, and we do not charge experts to be on our database, nor do we charge journalists to access it, as we believe in a level playing field that advantages all experts and all journalists equally. We rely on support from those who have the means to pay; and the belief in what we do, to keep us afloat and sustainable in times ahead.