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Tiny Spark receives $400,000 Grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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AUSTIN, Texas, September 12, 2014 – Tiny Spark announced today that it has received a two-year grant totaling $400,000 to expand its coverage of philanthropy, nonprofits, international aid and for-profit social good initiatives. Tiny Spark is a podcast and news program founded by former Africa Correspondent, Amy Costello.

Over the next two years, Tiny Spark intends to expand its investigative reportage, in-depth interviews, and comprehensive coverage of complex issues. To do so, it will partner with leading news organizations and work with seasoned freelance journalists across the nation and the globe. The reporting will strive to educate philanthropists, nonprofits and the general public about how to “do good” better.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded the grant to Tiny Spark.

“I believe that ongoing, investigative journalism about philanthropy and related subjects fosters transparency, accountability and better outcomes,” said Tiny Spark founder, Amy Costello. “Over the next two years, Tiny Spark plans to build and support a leading network of news partners and journalists. We will produce domestic and global investigations, we will report deeply on initiatives that are having success in order to find better ways forward, and we will continue our tradition of in-depth interviews featuring leading voices from the world of international aid and development. I am deeply grateful to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for supporting this initiative.”

About Tiny Spark
Tiny Spark is an independent news program and podcast that reports deeply and constructively on philanthropy, nonprofits, international aid and for-profit social good initiatives. Founded in 2011 by former Africa correspondent Amy Costello, Tiny Spark stories have included an investigation into TOMS Shoes and exposed the harm caused by medical volunteers in post-quake Haiti. The program also features in-depth interviews with leading voices from the world of international aid and development. Tiny Spark has co-produced a global investigative series with PRI’s The World called Tracking Charity. Find out more about Amy here.

Contact: Amy Costello at info@tinyspark.org

2 Comments

  1. Justmyidea

    I hope you could run semi-regular podcasts in long format 1h to 2h, not in a hurry and no massive editing. Long podcasts (like those in tech podcast scene) really get to the bottom of the person and the ideas one has to present.

    Podcasts doesn’t have to be digestible in 10 to 30minutes, almost all tech podcasts (to name a few Daring Fireball, Debug, Accidental Tech Podcast, hugely popular but aren’t about anything really important) almost regulary go over hour and they jabber about useless stuff compared to Tiny Spark.

    I think Tiny Spark has a lot of potential to present the problems and new ideas with longer podcast format.

    • Amy

      Hmmm….I like the idea of presenting longer podcasts! I’ll give that some thought. It’s always a fine balance between keeping listeners’ interest while giving due time to complicated topics. Thank you for listening and keep the suggestions coming!

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