Our Funders and Partners
Click 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.
February 7th, 2014
(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded $76,000 in grants to support 18 investigative reporting projects in the United States and abroad.
The Fund makes grants three to four times a year, averaging $5,000, to journalists who have ideas and sources, but need financial resources to conduct interviews and gather public records and data.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s grant-making program is supported by individual donors, and by the following foundations: The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Nara Fund, and The Herb Block Foundation.
Grants for overseas reporting were made possible by support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation and The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.
The journalists awarded grants are:
Mudasir Ahmed, Kashmir-based journalist specializing in environmental and wildlife issues
Lisa Desai, journalist specializing in public health and investigative stories
R. G. Dunlop, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
Sarah Gross, multi-media journalist with focus on international and investigative stories
Roza Hovhannisyan, Armenia- based investigative journalist
David Krajicek, journalist specializing in crime and justice issues
Rebecca Rosen Lum, San Francisco-based reporter
Francesca Lyman, Seattle-based reporter, editor, and author
Jennifer Margulis, Ashland, Oregon-based investigative journalist and author
Timothy McGirk, Investigative Reporting Program, University of California – Berkeley
Lauren Mills, IowaWatch reporter and data analyst
Kent Paterson, a journalist who covers the U.S.-Mexico borderland and the Southwest
Audrey Quinn, Brooklyn-based multimedia journalist
Yasmeen Qureshi, New York City-based documentary producer
Ana Radelet, Washington correspondent, The Connecticut Mirror
Sidi Sarro, Kenya-based multimedia reporter specializing in health and human rights
Jenka Soderberg, KBOO Community Radio, Portland Oregon
Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, investigative reporters
Laurie Udesky, San Francisco-based investigative reporter
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 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 has also supported the Fund.
February 3rd, 2014
(Washington DC) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism announced today that two distinguished leaders in the journalism profession have been elected to its board of directors.
The new board members are:
In 1982, Bullard was one of the founding editors of USA TODAY. She served as Editor, then for 14 years as President and CEO of USA WEEKEND, which is distributed in more than 700 newspapers. In 1992 while leading the magazine, Bullard founded the Make A Difference Day, which has grown to engage more than three million Americans in volunteer service on the fourth Saturday of October. She was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2005. Bullard started her reporting career at age 17, and now serves on the advisory board of the Southern Illinois University School of Journalism, and on the boards of three nonprofits, including America’s Charities, a national organization that promotes and facilitates workplace giving. Bullard is currently a consultant based in Washington DC.
Coleman was a reporter and editor for the Washington Post for more than three decades, hired in 1976 to cover local government and politics, promoted to City Editor in 1980, then joined the national staff as a reporter, and later served as Assistant Managing Editor for Metropolitan News and Deputy Managing Editor. Coleman has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. In 2010, Coleman was elected president of the American Society of News Editors – the nation’s top membership organization for newspaper editors and other news media leaders. In 2011, he was elected president of the Inter-American Press Association, which defends press freedom and the rights of journalists in North and South America.
The board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism also elected Ricardo Sandoval-Palos as its president. Sandoval-Palos is a DC-based writer and consultant, working most recently with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Public Integrity. From 1997 to 2006, Sandoval-Palos was a Latin American correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News. His investigative reporting has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, the Loeb Awards for business journalism, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Sandoval-Palos replaces outgoing president Brant Houston, who had served as president for four years. Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois, will continue to serve the Fund for Investigative Journalism as a member of the Advisory Board.
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.
The Fund receives support from foundations and from individuals. Its foundation supporters are The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Park Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, and The Nara Fund.
Pro bono legal services are provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC. Pro bono business advisory services are provided by Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor of Finance at The American University’s Kogod School of Business.
January 16th, 2014
From Florida, the state known for its “Sunshine” Freedom of Information laws, an investigation of special governmental districts that allow lobbyists to influence decisions, without any public disclosure. Dan Christensen of BrowardBulldog.org reports there are hundreds of districts responsible for billions of dollars in government spending each year that allow lobbyists to operate in the shadows. The districts have control over airports, public hospitals, water management, and other specialized functions. An excerpt: “There are 992 active independent special districts, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s special districts database. They outnumber Florida’s counties, cities, towns and villages better than two to one yet operate largely in the shadows of their better-known municipal counterparts.”
December 29th, 2013
From Shawn Musgrave for the Boston Globe, a follow-up story to his investigation of privacy concerns over police department scanning of license plates. After the Police Department released private information by mistake, it decided to suspend the program, indefinitely.
December 27th, 2013
Washington – The next deadline for grant applications to the Fund for Investigative Journalism has been set for Monday, February 10, 2014, at 5pm Eastern time.
For application instructions, visit the Fund’s website, www.fij.org; click on Apply for a Grant.
December 26th, 2013
From Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, a book about the bombs the US dropped in Laos, still exploding many years later. The book, Eternal Harvest, published by ThingsAsian Press, is the result of seven years of work. Coates and Redfern traveled through Laos, locating people, taking their photos, and listening to their stories. They dedicate their book to the more than 50,000 Laotians who have been injured or killed by American bombs since bombing began in 1964, a toll that continues to rise today.
December 20th, 2013
Investigative reporting has impact.
It exposes wrongdoing, sparks reform, changes minds, and changes lives.
That’s why it’s important to support the work of independent investigative journalists.
And that’s why we encourage you to make a charitable donation to the Fund for Investigative Journalism this year.
Your tax-deductible contribution helps the Fund keep watchdog journalism alive, in spite of continuing cut-backs in investigative reporting by newsrooms across the country.
Since 1969, the Fund has supported the work of independent journalists who have tips, sources, and ideas, but lack the resources needed to do their investigations.
Journalists such as Seymour Hersh, who received a grant from the Fund more than 40 years ago to check out a tip about the massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai.
The work of the Fund continues to have impact.
Public officials have responded to our grantees’ reports this year about solitary confinement in Colorado prisons, hospital shortages of nutrients for premature babies, and a program that lures foreign investors with the prospect of legal US residency.
Investigative reporting supported by the Fund continues to win awards, for stories that exposed San Juan, Puerto Rico’s misuse of funds collected to preserve green space, the Philadelphia police practice of seizing assets from innocent people, and a “pay to play” system for promotions at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office.
Two of the investigations we helped fund were picked up by the New York Times, with credit, this year. One story exposed an anti-poverty program in Alaska that left fishing villages “distressed.” The other critiqued the Brooklyn DA’s prosecution of an Orthodox Jewish father who had reported that a religious leader had sexually abused his son.
Please help the Fund continue to support investigative journalism, by making a donation, either by mail, c/o the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington DC 20045 or through the Fund’s website: http://fij.org/donate/
The Staff and Board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism
November 27th, 2013
The board and staff of the Fund for Investigative Journalism would like to express our gratitude to the following organizations and individuals who have donated time and resources in support of our work during the past year.
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
Green Park Foundation
Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation
Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation
Otto-Whalley Family Foundation
Shari L. Pfleeger
Reva & David Logan Foundation
Connie Rydberg and Nirav Kapadia
The Estate of William L. Matzkin
The Herb Block Foundation
The Nara Fund
Catalogue for Philanthropy – Greater Washington
Investigative Reporters and Editors
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University
Society of Environmental Journalists
Eric Fingerhut, Pro Bono Attorney, Dykema
Leigh Riddick, Pro Bono Financial Advisor, Kogod School of Business, American University
David Biello, Scientific American
Ron Campbell, Orange County Register
Rose Ciotta, WIBV-TV – Buffalo
Wendell Cochran, American University
Sarah Cohen, New York Times
Marla Cone, Environmental Health News
Chase Davis, New York Times
David Donald, Center for Public Integrity
Peggy Engel, Alicia Patterson Foundation
Mark Feldstein, University of Maryland
Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal
Robin Fields, ProPublica
Mary Fricker, RepoWatch
Ryan Gabrielson, Center for Investigative Reporting
James Grimaldi, Wall Street Journal
Dianna Hunt, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ingrid Lobet, Houston Chronicle
Kristen Lombardi, Center for Public Integrity
Elizabeth Lucas, Investigative Reporters and Editors
Josh Meyer, Northwestern University
Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity
Shawn Musgrave, Muckrock
Deborah Nelson, University of Maryland
Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle
Judy Pasternak, Author
John Ryan, KOUW Radio – Seattle
Ricardo Sandoval Palos, Human Rights Watch
Tony Schick, Investigative Reporters and Editors
Andy Segal, Andy Segal Productions
Ken Silverstein, Al Jazeera America
Joe Stephens, Washington Post
Tisha Thompson, WRC-TV – Washington DC
Mc Nelly Torres, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Ken Ward, Charleston Gazette
Chris Woodside, Freelance
Alison Young, USA Today
Scott Zamost, CNN
Daniel Zwerdling, NPR
November 12th, 2013
From Sam Eifling for the Arkansas Times, an investigation of the rupture of an ExxonMobil pipeline that spilled oil and released fumes throughout a neighborhood in Arkansas. Before the spill, residents didn’t know they were living above a pipeline.
“The oil went to the lake, [Ann] Jarrell said. “But the toxic fumes came to us.”
In one part of the series, he reports the health risks are still largely unknown, at least to the people affected: Most doctors aren’t trained in environmental medicine that would prepared them to treat patients with chemical exposure and oil companies such as ExxonMobil consider the chemical formula proprietary anyway.
In another part, Eifling traces the path of the 858 mile long pipeline, some of it above ground, some of it below. In Arkansas: .. it crosses watersheds for 18 drinking water sources that together serve about 770,000 people, a quarter of the state’s population.
Photo Courtesy of Sam Eifling.
November 8th, 2013
From Jarrett Murphy and Kate Pastor for City Limits, a report on the state of gambling in New York, where more casinos will be opening now that voters have approved a constitutional amendment.
The winners and losers are not easy to predict, according to the report: [T]he number of existing gambling options raises the question of whether new casinos will draw new players to the market or merely pick off customers who are now placing their wagers at a racino, at an Indian gambling or via the lottery.
The new revenue from casinos has been pledged to help schools, echoing promises made for Lottery proceeds. City Limits investigated whether that promise was fulfilled, finding: Since 1995, the state’s Lottery revenue has grown faster than state spending on schools (Lottery revenues are up 145.83 percent from 1995 while state spending on schools is up 117.89 percent). Meanwhile, per pupil spending by the state actually declined in recent years.
Photo Courtesy of Karla Ann Cote.