Washington (February 25, 2014) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Park Foundation, marking the fourth year the Foundation has supported the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists.
During the past year, with Park Foundation backing, reporters have uncovered stories ranging from crop failures on Midwest farms brought about by climate change, to the lack of transparency and accountability required of lobbyists in Florida, to the nationwide shortage of nutrients needed for prematurely born children.
The Park Foundation support helps underwrite the Fund’s program of grants for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need help with travel and other expenses.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism is also supported by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation, The Green Park Foundation, The Gannett Foundation, The Nara Fund, and individual donors, many of them referred by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.
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 makes grants three to four times a year. In the past two years, the Fund has awarded more than $400,000 in investigative reporting grants. The typical grant is around $5,000.
The Fund depends on support from foundations and individuals. Donations can be made online, www.fij.org, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street NW – 13th floor, Washington DC 20045.