The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Deadline: May 13, 2019 (11:59 pm Eastern)

  • Pay to Play Culture in DC government

    DC-Wilson buildingFor WAMU-FM, Patrick Madden reports on District of Columbia contractors who contribute to local politicians – who have the final say over contracts worth $1 million or more. Madden took a deep dive into campaign contributions and found the tight control over contracts by City Council members has spawned a “Pay to Play” culture in DC government. Madden and the team at WAMU also developed a publicly accessible database that shows how the money flows.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: William Reid/WAMU

    “Private Violence” Airs Tonight on HBO

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is one of the proud sponsors of “Private Violence,” a documentary praised in today’s New York Times for illuminating the “entrenched” problem of domestic violence in “shocking clarity.” Quoting from the review: “[the film’s] objective is to change the presumptions so that victims are not fighting an uphill battle from the beginning.”

    Private Violence airs tonight at 9pm on HBO.


    Taxpayers Bankroll Hospital

    hospitalFrom Moonshine Ink, an investigation of public funds drained for a hospital expansion in a small California town and an “all-in-the-family”  consultant contract that is an apparent conflict of interest. Reporter David Bunker finds that public funding of the hospital district does not clearly benefit patients.

    “The billing and care at Tahoe Forest Hospital is similar to a private hospital experience,” he reports.

    Moonshine Ink’s investigation is in-depth, with periodic follow-up reports:

    The CEO responds.

    Hospital board finds insufficient evidence of conflict.

    Sparks fly at hospital board meeting.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation and The Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Emily Dettling/Moonshine Ink





    Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Renews Support

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has renewed its support of the Fund’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters.

    The $25,000 in support from The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation will underwrite grants for reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but lack the resources to complete their projects.

    For more than forty years, the Fund has paid reporting expenses of journalists who produce in-depth, exclusive stories that have impact. In 1969, one of the first grants from the Fund helped freelance reporter Seymour Hersh break the story of the My Lai massacre.

    In addition to support from The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, the Fund receives support from The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, from private family foundations, and from individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

    One of the Fund for Investigative Journalism’s board members, David Ottaway, also serves on the board of the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

    The Fund also offers a mentoring program for grantees, in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and with the Society of Environmental Journalists – which recruit mentors from among their members.

    Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC, a national commercial law firm with a broad portfolio of community service and pro bono clients.

    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 for Investigative Journalism makes grants three to four times each year. Potential applicants are invited to contact the office by email,, or phone, 202-662-7564, with questions about the Fund’s grant-making program and to sign up for email notifications of application deadlines.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism relies on donations, which can be made online,, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington D.C. 20045.