The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Deadline: Sept. 24, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • Sara Fritz Remembered

    Sara photoSara Fritz, a groundbreaking journalist, leader of journalism professional organizations, and friend, died of complications following surgery, October 16 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Fritz served as president of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and served on its board for six years. Her professional accomplishments and personal advocacy for suicide prevention in honor of her son are reported in an obituary published in The Washington Post. Fritz was 68 years old.

    Fritz is remembered by her colleagues on the Fund’s board for her “immense dedication and passion for the Fund and for journalism,” said Brant Houston, board president. “She was a terrific reporter and a great human being. She will be deeply missed.”

    A service to celebrate Sara’s life was held November 19 at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, during which she was remembered as a mother, sister, colleague, and friend. A tribute written by her husband, Jim Kidney, called her simply “an astonishment.”

    Texas’ Battle Over the Direction of the Classroom

    SBOE_Rally_0-enlargedFrom Trey Kay, radio documentary producer, “The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom,” a documentary premiering on KUT Radio, Austin, Texas that explores the culture wars over classroom curriculum in Texas. From the release announcing the premiere:

    “Long Game focuses on the fundamentally different mindsets that are pitted against one another when deciding how to educate the next generation. The culture war differences in Texas are not that different from those in other states.  Long Game suggests that based on the differences among Texans— those who advocate for a values-neutral classroom and those who see the mission of educating tomorrow’s generation as an epic religious struggle— the prospect of common ground for national Common Core standards may be bleak.”

    Photo courtesy of Kate McGee, KUT News

    Gannett Foundation Supports Investigative Journalism

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has received $18,000 in support from the Gannett Foundation to further the Fund’s grant-making and mentoring programs.

    This grant marks the third year the Gannett Foundation has provided funding for the Fund’s grants for independent investigative reporters and for its mentoring program in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors.

    “The Gannett Foundation has played a crucial role in improving the quality of the work of our grantees and in giving them the opportunity to get feedback and advice from veteran investigative journalists,” said Brant Houston, president of the Fund’s board of directors. “We deeply appreciate that Gannett continues to support our work and that of our grantees.”

    The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation supported by the Gannett Co., Inc. – whose portfolio of media and marketing companies includes USA TODAY.  The Foundation supports many journalism education, training, and diversity programs with the goal of “investing in the future of the media industry.”

    For more than forty years the Fund has paid reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism but lack the resources to complete their projects.

    In addition to support from The Gannett Foundation, the Fund receives foundation support from The Ethics And Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation,  The Herb Block Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, from private family foundations, and from individuals.

    The John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the Journalism Department in the College of Media at the University of Illinois also supports the Fund. Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema. Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    The Fund has been endorsed by the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington as being cost-effective while advancing crucial investigative projects in the US and around the globe.

    Donations to the Fund can be made online, www.fij.org, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington D.C. 20045.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting proposals for investigations in the United States and abroad. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 21 at 5pm Eastern time. Check for instructions and apply online: www.fij.org.

    Miami Real Estate Hides Dirty Foreign Money

    miami_skyline_otu_imgFrom Ken Silverstein for The Nation, an investigation of dirty foreign money, the luxury Miami real estate it buys, and the political fight to keep the money flowing to Florida.

    “…Florida’s political leaders have been spearheading the fight against a new Treasury Department rule mandating that foreign banks tell the IRS about accounts held by US taxpayers—and which would, reciprocally, require US banks to share the same information with foreign governments. Not surprisingly, Florida banks and realtors don’t like the idea of more sunlight on their lucrative dealings with foreigners. “There is a huge amount of dirty money flowing into Miami that’s disguised as investment,” said Jack Blum, a former congressional investigator and Washington attorney specializing in money-laundering cases. “The local business community sees any threat to that as a threat to the city’s
    lifeblood.”

    Safety Last: Mixing Transgender and Male Detainees

    GuestroomFrom Amy Lieberman for Women’s Enews, the final part in her series on the hazards faced by transgender women locked up while awaiting immigration and asylum hearings. For example: “[Attorney Sarah] Vidal’s client lives in a dorm with about 20 men and has filed formal complaints alleging an attempted rape, as well as ongoing harassing comments by detainees and guards. ‘I am not sure why she was placed in an all-male facility,’ Vidal said in a phone interview. ‘She alleges that when she asked about it they told her that because she is a man they are putting her in a male facility.'”

    The photo to the left, taken by Lieberman, is an example of hotel housing managed by charitable groups that are trying to accommodate transgender people seeking asylum in the U.S.

    Read the full series:  Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.