Historically, the Rochester non-profit has received the single-biggest grants from the company's charitable arm. For decades, the city was Gannett's corporate home; the company relocated to Arlington, Va. in 1986. It moved again, to McLean, Va., in 2001. (Company history.)
Established in 1972, the Rochester foundation has more than $165 million in assets, according to its website. Since its founding, the fund has made more than $250 million in grants.
The documents show that employee giving fell as well, but by a smaller rate, according to figures for the popular GannettMatch program. The foundation spent $1.39 million matching employee gifts in 2009, down 20% from $1.74 million in 2008.
The foundation spending is disclosed in its 2009 IRS tax report, completed just three weeks ago. I obtained a copy from the foundation yesterday, after requesting one under federal open records law.
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