Major Supporters

The New England First Amendment Coalition appreciates the support of all its donors and volunteers. The work we accomplish every day to promote the First Amendment and open government simply would not occur without your help. In particular, NEFAC would like to thank the following Major Supporters for their contributions to our coalition in 2017:

Based in Boston, the Barr Foundation focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change, and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond. With assets of $1.6 billion, the Barr Foundation is among the largest private foundations in New England and has contributed more than $834 million to charitable causes since 1999.

The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund supports the arts and environmental, social-service and education programs throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. The fund was established in 1956 by former publisher of The Providence Journal John C.A. Watkins. The Providence Journal is southern New England’s leading news organization and is the nation’s oldest continuously published daily newspaper.

The Robertson Foundation is based in Providence and supports various charitable and educational causes.

Lois Howe McClure and her late husband devoted over 30 years to philanthropic efforts in Vermont. Three generations of her family have published The Burlington Free Press and served as boosters of Chittenden County. McClure is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, and the College of St. Joseph.


The Boston Globe is New England’s foremost regional news source dedicated to providing in-depth coverage in breaking news, sports, business, lifestyle, and arts. With a mission to provide truth and accountability, both in print and on, the Globe is the epitome of premium journalism, winning 26 Pulitzer Prizes over the past 50 years.


The Boston University College of Communication has been educating professional communicators since 1914. Today it’s educating the next generation of leaders in emerging media, journalism, film and television, advertising, public relations, communication research and media studies. Its more than 30,000 alumni occupy the highest levels in a multitude of fields.