Our Mission

The Investigative Fund’s mission is to produce high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We seek to bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public.

We are dedicated to enabling independent investigative reporters to produce deeply reported journalism for a wide variety of print, broadcast and digital media outlets. We do this by providing freelance reporters with hands-on editorial guidance, institutional support and funds to cover their travel, time and other reporting costs.

Our Track Record

Investigative Fund stories have sparked resignations of public officials; others have triggered FBI investigations, Congressional hearings, or federal legislation. Still others have changed the debate around a key issue or exposed previously hidden forms of abuse and exploitation. Investigative Fund stories have won some of journalism’s top awards: the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize, the Scripps Howard Award, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Medal and more.

Our investigations have appeared in a wide variety of outlets, from major print magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Cosmopolitan and Vice to independent magazines such as Harper’s, The Nation and The New Republic, to digital outlets such as the Highline, Slate and the Intercept, to regional publications including The Texas Observer, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Chicago Reader and broadcasters such as ABC News, NPR and PBS.

Our Commitment to Transparency

We abide by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, and the Institute for Nonprofit News’ guidelines for Editorial Independence & Donor Transparency.

The Investigative Fund runs a lean operation so that the vast majority of our approximately $1.3 million annual project budget goes directly to editorial costs: to editors, researchers and reporters and to cover travel, research and document costs. For a list of our funders, click here.

Here is the most recent Form 990 of our parent organization, The Nation Institute: Nation Institute Form 990, 2015.

And here is a copy of the IRS determination letter confirming The Nation Institute’s nonprofit status: IRS letter of determination of nonprofit status, 1995.