Our Supporters and Our Donor Policies

At the Center for Public Integrity, we believe everyone should have access to high quality, deeply researched investigative journalism regardless of their ability to pay. That’s why our journalism is to free to everyone. We do not accept advertisements, and we have no paywalls. We depend exclusively on the support of individuals, foundations and organizations who share our commitment to reporting on and confronting inequality.

To maintain the integrity of our journalism, there is a strict firewall between funders and the newsroom. We do not take commissions or assignments from any funder.

For more information, please contact Shane Yost at 202-481-1256 or syost@publicintegrity.org.

Updated policy due to the coronavirus pandemic: 

Because a significant amount of Public Integrity’s work focuses on the intersection of government and money, historically we have not taken contributions from governments. We are making an exception because of the COVID­-19 pandemic. Public Integrity applied for and received $657,600 under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for small businesses to pay employees during this crisis, which was forgiven in early 2021. Additionally we received a second-year PPP loan of $566,669, which can also be forgiven if certain spending restrictions and payroll provisions are met. This is an exceptional decision in an unprecedented moment, when the pandemic has crippled economic activity and caused major funders, as well as the public, to reassess or pull back their support.

Thousands of news organizations have taken the drastic and unusual step of applying for this loan. The PPP loan is different from taking program funds from a government agency. It is open to small businesses and gives the government no right to review or interfere with our journalism.

The PPP loan does not compromise our mission or limit our journalism. To the contrary, by allowing us to maintain staff it helps us continue our essential work of holding the government and other powerful institutions accountable. That has included a series of investigative stories about the PPP loan program itself and our successful lawsuit against the Trump administration last year demanding full transparency on PPP loan recipients.

Our Donors

Per IRS guidelines, we include all donors who make gifts of $5,000 or more in our 990s:

2021 Donors with Gifts of $100,000 or more

Estate of Steven Gary Hoffman · Good Words Foundation · The Park Foundation, Inc. · Fred Stanback · Tides Foundation · Wellspring Philanthropic Fund · Wyncote Foundation ·

2021 Donors with Gifts between $5,000 – $99,999

Parks Adams and Paula Sheller Adams · George and Herawati Alvarez-Correa · Annie E. Casey Foundation · Anonymous – Renaissance Foundation · Anonymous – Rockefeller Philanthropy · Ardea Fund · Cross Ridge Foundation Inc · Matt DeRienzo · Emmett Foundation · Bruce Finzen · Fore River Foundation · FThree Foundation · Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation · Jon Hagler · Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation · James Kiernan · Richard Lobo and Caren Harder Lobo · David and Glenys Lynch · Mako Foundation · Meeker Charitable Fund · Craig Newmark · Gil Omenn · Rogovy Foundation · Stewart R. Mott Foundation · Daniel Suleiman · The Weininger Foundation · Vincent J. Stanley Trust · W.K.  Kellogg Foundation · Zaitlin-Nienberg Family Fund