Gift Acceptance Policy
The Fund for Investigative Journalism operates at all times recognizing the independence of editors and reporters of any journalism enterprise. Editorial function and news coverage of any funded project shall at all times remain independent of the donor and of FIJ, and no attempt shall be made to influence or interfere with the editorial policies or decisions of any funded project. Funders may not review FIJ-funded projects before publication.
FIJ will accept gifts from named companies, individuals and foundations for unrestricted support, or for broad purposes (grants for journalists, domestic reporting grants, mentorships, fellowships as examples).
If FIJ accepts a donation for a specific editorial project, FIJ will disclose the source of funding. Such gifts require the advance approval of the FIJ board.
FIJ will accept anonymous gifts for unrestricted support, but not for broad purpose funds or specific editorial projects.
Sources of gifts include individuals, donor-advised funds with clear and transparent origins, foundations, corporations, and unknown anonymous donors.
FIJ reserves the right to decline gifts that may need to be converted into usable assets, such as real estate or vehicles. Such gifts will be accepted only with the approval of the Board.
FIJ reserves the right to decline any gifts that the FIJ board believes might create an appearance of bias or conflict of interest, or might otherwise represent reputational risk to FIJ.
Adopted by the Board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism on March 12, 2019.