The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday Sept. 26, 2016 - 5pm Eastern Time
  • How FIJ Helped to Uncover the My Lai Massacre

    Seymour HershClick here to hear veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh tell how – with financial support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism – he learned about the massacre of civilians in Vietnam, how he tracked down Lt. William Calley and, in so doing, changed the world’s perception of American intervention in Southeast Asia. It demonstrates how small grants from our fund have enabled talented journalists to produce big, important stories, changing the course of history.

    The Sex Abuse Scandal that Devastated a Megachurch

    March 22nd, 2016

    megachurch_featuredFrom Tiffany Stanley for Washingtonian Magazine, an investigation into child sexual abuse within a 40-year-old, global evangelical ministry. A scandal ensued after former church members accused pastors of mishandling abuse reports involving congregation members, for decades.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo of former Covenant Life Church member Pam Palmer and daughter Renee, by Kate Warren

    Myanmar’s Child Laborers

    March 22nd, 2016

    Child LaborFrom Kay Lie, for DVB Multimedia, an investigation of child labor in Myanmar (Burma). Lie and his Myanmar (Burmese) documentary crew found children as young as 9 pot-trap fishing, working in tea shops, motorbike shops, and factories – even carrying stones on construction sites – rather than going to school. It’s against the law, but commonplace. Many parents who are poor or too sick to make a living send their children to work so the family can survive. New laws are in the making, but serious implementation of these laws is uncertain.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation and The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: (c) 2016 DVB Multimedia Group (Yangon)

    Pharma Profits; Taxpayers Pay

    March 17th, 2016

    ancir_logoFrom Khadija Sharife, an investigation by the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) published by the World Policy Journal and Financial Mail, of pharmaceutical companies’ secretive research and development costs. The conclusion: the extremely high costs of drugs developed in the United States and sold in Africa cannot be justified by the R&D costs. Instead drug companies use opaque intangible assets and tax havens to shift profits and spend vastly more on marketing and administration than on research and development. On top of that, the industry heavily relies on public funding and tax breaks to underwrite its development costs.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]



    Migrants Rack Up Debts to Chase Dreams

    March 17th, 2016

    IMG_3479.JPG GuatemalaFrom Zoe Sullivan, for Al Jazeera America, there is no justice when illegal lenders prey on desperate Guatemalans to pay coyotes for passage to the United States.

    Every day, hundreds of Guatemalan migrants attempt to reach the United States with the help of a human smuggler or coyote. Research suggests that nearly 80% of those making this journey have taken on debt to do so, and half of this number borrowed from an informal money lender. Yet in a country where interest rates are legally unregulated, borrowers are at the mercy of the financial system — whether informal or formal.

    Part Two: Why Guatemalans flee: poverty, kidnapping and extortion.


    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Zoe Sullivan



    Half of Pittsburgh Murders Go Unsolved

    March 17th, 2016

    vigil1 (1)From Jeffrey Benzing of PublicSource, a two-part series on the failure to find killers plaguing Pittsburgh families and communities, and the stark division between the experience of black and white residents of the city.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Ryan Loew/PublicSource




    $50,000 Grant to FIJ from craigslist Charitable Fund

    February 23rd, 2016

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the craigslist Charitable Fund.

    The charitable fund is financed by donations from Craigslist Inc., the online classified listings site founded by Craig Newmark in 1995.

    Based in San Francisco, the private foundation makes millions of dollars in grants each year to nonprofits active in areas such as environment, justice, non-violence, and journalism.

    The craigslist Charitable Fund has also contributed support to such venerable journalism organizations as ProPublica, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Poynter Institute.

    The support received by FIJ was unsolicited and is unrestricted.

    “This gift is welcome support that helps us underwrite investigative journalism. Resources for such work are shrinking, while the need for sharp investigative reporting is only increasing. We are grateful for this recognition of our work in supporting talented, independent journalists,” said FIJ president Ricardo Sandoval-Palos.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism, founded in 1969, makes grants to independent investigative journalists to cover the costs of reporting, such as document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for multi-media production equipment.

    In 2015, FIJ grantees produced more than fifty investigative stories in the United States and around the world.

    Showdown at Sugar Pine Mine

    February 4th, 2016

    imageFrom Tay Wiles for High Country News, the story of another anti-federal management group in Oregon, this one called the Oath Keepers, in the south part of the state. They are stepping into a vacuum left by law enforcement budget cuts. Wiles also reports that the Oath Keepers helped galvanize the network of militia that are protesting near the wildlife preserve south of Burns, Oregon.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Brooke Warren/High Country News

    Climate Funds Misused in Bangladesh

    February 3rd, 2016

    BaduFrom Badruddoza Babu for Maasranga Television, an investigation of the use of climate funds in Bangladesh. Most of the money went to the least climate-affected areas, neglecting the most vulnerable coastal south. View the report here:

    [Reporting sponsored by The Green Park Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Mehedi Hasan

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    Lake Turkana Under Seige

    January 20th, 2016

    RosaFrom Rosalia Omungo for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, an investigation of the impact of a dam built by Ethiopia on the ability of Kenyans to make a living in the Lake Turkana area. View the series here:  Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Chris Lomusia


    Reaction to “No Jailer Jails” Investigation

    January 19th, 2016

    County-Jailer-Boone-Mahon-800x533From the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting: a proposal has been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly to shed more light on state jailers who have no jails to run. The bill would require regular reports of “all official duties performed” by jailers. The proposal was filed in the wake of the Center’s story revealing that a third of the elected jailers in the state’s 120 counties had no jail to run, yet earned annual salaries ranging from $20,000 to nearly $70,000.