Money & Mission

What sets independent media apart is mission. You work 24/7 to make the world a better place, not to earn one more dollar. That said, without those dollars, you won’t be able to achieve your goals. That’s why you need a consultant who understands money and mission. When we work with you, we ask you first about why you do what you do. What do you hope to achieve? Then we look at how your aspirations can be sustained through ongoing revenue. We may end up talking about databases, but we will do so within the context of your cause.

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Mission Driven

Mission Driven

At mission-driven organizations, the business of keeping the lights on can’t be separated from the reason the lights are on in the first place. JGKSF Consulting is unique because we recognize that no business plan will work that is not aligned with mission.

Mission Driven

Unique Approach

Our goal at JGKSF Consulting is to help you understand what you need. We will then support you in finding the right solution, leveraging our extensive network and our twenty-plus years of expertise.

Mission Driven

Sustainable Revenue

When we work with you, we ask you first about why you do what you do. What do you hope to achieve? Then we look at how your aspirations can be sustained through ongoing revenue.


Business Service

Businesses with fewer than 50 full time staff have different requirements than larger organizations. At nonprofits and news-focused organizations, every penny is devoted to the cause. The result, however, is that sometimes we lose sight of the forest for the trees. JGKSF Consulting supports you in developing sustainable revenue.

  • 360 Degree Organizational Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Budget Consulting
  • Membership Development
  • Stakeholder Identification and Management
  • CRM Database Development
  • Research

Project Management Services

The pace of change is quick in the digital era. To thrive, organizations must be able to adapt. JGKSF Consulting offers support to organizations seeking to test new projects. Instead of hiring a FTE, use our management services for the first year or two of the project to iron out kinks. Then we will help you hire our replacement!

  • 360 Degree Organizational Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Project Conceptualization and Budgeting
  • Grant Writing and/or Reporting
  • Collaborative Project Management
  • Journalism Project Management


Over 20+ years we worked with 100+ companies.

  • Making Contact
  • Pacific Standard
  • Rethinking Schools
  • Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
  • Scalawag
  • Center for Movement Journalism
  • Free Speech TV
  • Distributed Media Lab
  • New Economy Coalition

Think Pieces

What follows are posts, presentations and white papers generated by principals at JGKSF Consulting.

Media Cooperatives: Challenges and Opportunities

February 2, 2019

Part I: Introduction As news organizations seek to engage more deeply with their audiences — while also seeking increased revenue from those audiences — some forward thinkers [1] have begun examining the cooperative model for news… read more

Small But Mighty: Independent News Outlets Are Making An Outsized Impact

November 9, 2017

Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms. The concern—and a very… read more

In Search of Equity: the Media Consortium Reinvents Itself

September 20, 2017

After a dozen years, the Media Consortium will be sunsetting so that a new, stronger organization can rise in its place. The big drivers of national political life—immigration, education, health… read more