Who we are

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom investigating democracy, power and privilege. Our reporting focuses on the influence of money and the impact of inequality on our society.

From our base in Washington, D.C., Public Integrity examines how policies and laws emanating from the nation’s capital affect people across the country and how issues at a state and local level affect national decision making. We use the power of data, the Freedom of Information Act and collaborations with local and national newsrooms to produce journalism that changes policies and lives and gives voice to people, communities and issues in a diverse America.

Founded in 1989, Public Integrity is one of the oldest nonprofit news organizations in the nation. Our award-winning reporting has changed hundreds of laws and policies; forced federal and state government to release critical public information and held corporations to account for abuses of power.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that does not engage in advocacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Center for Public Integrity do?

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative newsroom that focuses on the influence of money and growing inequality on our democracy. Public Integrity collaborates with national and local newsrooms to report and distribute stories. We support local journalism by providing data and reporting tools to help produce in-depth reporting.

How is Public Integrity funded?

Public Integrity enjoys the generous support of foundations and individuals across the country. Funding supports our editorial priorities, but it never determines Public Integrity’s editorial direction. We maintain a strict firewall between funding and our editorial content. Our funders and donors support us because our investigations are nonpartisan, fair, have impact and raise the level of debate on complex issues of critical importance.

Our History

Founded in 1989 by veteran journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit news organizations in the country. Our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom is composed of reporters, editors and data journalists who dig deep and deliver national and international investigative journalism of enduring significance.

Major Funders

  • Arnold Ventures
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • Democracy Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Wyss Foundation
  • Park Foundation
  • Public Welfare Foundation
  • Wyncote Foundation

See a full list of donors here.

Read more in Inside Public Integrity

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