Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded $75,000 to help underwrite the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.
This is the second year that the Fund has received a grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation.
The Logan family foundation’s donation in 2013 was instrumental in expanding the Fund’s grant-making program beyond the United States; it helped finance critically needed reporting of abuses around the globe, in places such as Armenia, Fiji, and Kashmir.
“We are grateful for the support from the Logan family foundation, which comes at a time when investigative reporting is needed more and more around the world,” said Ricardo Sandoval Palos, president of the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. “The Logan contribution will not only underwrite investigative work of journalists abroad, but will help us make training on investigative tools and methods available to a number of promising journalists.”
The Logans’ generosity also helps the Fund meet a Challenge Grant goal. The net result is a matching $25,000 donation to the Fund from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
The Reva and David Logan Foundation supports several high-impact investigative journalism organizations, including The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, The Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, FRONTLINE and The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California – Berkeley.
The Foundation has also endowed a distinguished chair in investigative reporting at UC – Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, held by veteran investigative journalist, Lowell Bergman. The Foundation also sponsors the annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the university. The 2014 Symposium brought together reporters, editors, students and philanthropists to discuss legal, safety, and financial risks faced by investigative reporters and their sources.
When asked why his charitable giving supported investigative journalism, The Foundation’s founder, David Logan, said he considered journalism “the guardian of the public interest.”
David Logan passed away in 2011.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit organization that has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided travel expenses for Seymour Hersh to investigate the massacre of civilians by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam.
In addition to Hersh, many renowned journalists received grants from the Fund early in their careers, including Lowell Bergman, Elizabeth Drew, Alan Berlow, Sandy Close, and Daniel Zwerdling.
The Fund pays expenses and small stipends for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need resources to get the work done.
The Fund makes grants three to four times a year. The next deadline for applications is Monday, September 8, 2014. The typical grant is around $5,000.
During the past two years, the Fund has awarded $460,000 in investigative reporting grants.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism also receives support from The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism 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 individual donors — many 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 relies on the support of individuals and foundations. 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.