Freelance journalists are in a tight spot: subject to financial pressure, intimidation, and even threats, they lack the protections offered by major media outlets. Yet they remain dedicated to investigation, balance, and 'the story' – and the Fund for Investigative Journalism backs them up. By covering the reporting costs that freelancers often cannot afford, it advances crucial investigative projects in the US and around the globe. The four dozen grants awarded annually cover camera and recording equipment rentals, the cost of ordering public records, and travel expenses for meeting sources (nearly half of the grantees take their investigations abroad). Over the years, FIJ-sponsored writers have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards, and the MacArthur "Genius" award. But the real beneficiaries are readers and citizens: reporters have exposed toxic agricultural products sold in Kenya, companies that sold overpriced (and unaffordable) seed to impoverished farmers overseas, and destitute conditions abroad that led to human trafficking in the US. With your support, they will continue to write stories. And to break silences.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: Internationally; Our grantees report on countries throughout the world. We don't limit grants to any particular geographic region.
Age Groups Served: Adult
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
2 Pulitzer Prizes
MacArthur Genius Award
Sigma Delta Chi Awards
Edward R. Murrow Award
- An Investigative Reporting Partnership
Fri Jan 6 2012, American Journalism Review
The Schuster Institute and the Fund for Investigative Journalism team up to provide reporting fellowships.
- Supporting the "Independent, Intrepid Reporter"
Fri Oct 21 2011, American Journalism Review
An article in AJR recaps FIJ's 40 year-plus track record of underwriting accountability reporting in the US and overseas.
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for Fund for Investigative Journalism is: Less than $500k
About the Catalogue for Philanthropy
The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $29 million for charities across Greater Washington.