The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that is primarily funded through grants and donations from foundations and individuals. A smaller amount of its revenue is earned through production of commissioned materials — investigative journalism projects and an online tutorial for journalists launching nonprofit newsrooms.

As a matter of policy, funders exercise no control over the Center’s editorial decisions, and all funders are publicly identified.

The Center’s first major grant, a gift of $100,000, was awarded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in 2009.

The Oklahoma-based foundation continued to support the Center with grants of $100,000 in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; and $75,000 in 2016.

In 2010, the Center received a two-year $75,000 matching grant from Challenge Fund for Journalism VI, a joint program of the Ford Foundation in New York, the McCormick Foundation in Illinois and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The Center successfully completed a campaign to raise those matching funds in 2011.

The Foundation to Promote Open Society, which works in cooperation with the Open Society Institute in New York City, awarded the Center $50,000 in 2009, $100,000 in 2010 (to be spread over two years), $35,000 in 2011, $350,000 in 2012 (to be spread over two years), and $350,000 in 2014 (over two years).

In 2013, The Joyce Foundation became a major supporter of the Center. The Chicago-based foundation awarded a $100,000 grant was split by the Center and MinnPost, a nonprofit news organization, to support in-depth coverage of key issues in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The grant funded coverage of political reform, environmental protection and gun violence issues in Wisconsin, as well as political reform in Minnesota. In 2014, Joyce awarded the Center $50,000 to support coverage of democracy, the environment and gun violence prevention. That was followed by a two-year grant in 2016, awarding $50,000 annually to support coverage of democracy, the environment and gun violence prevention.

The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, is a major supporter of the Center. The foundation made contributions to WCIJ in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and in 2013, significantly increased its support to $20,000 — the largest single contribution received from a Wisconsin donor. Evjue repeated its $20,000 support in 2014 and 2015, and increased its giving to $30,000 in 2016.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, became a major donor in 2014 with a $75,000 general operating grant (spread over two years).

Also in 2014, the Center and UW-Madison journalism school obtained a $35,000 grant that was among the inaugural awards at 12 universities under the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, created to encourage experimentation in ways to provide news and information. The competitive program is managed by the Online News Association and is funded by the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund.

In 2015, the Vital Projects Fund, based in New York City, became a major supporter, contributing $25,000 to support the Center’s coverage of criminal justice issues. It provided $20,000 in 2016.

The Center also is grateful for support it received from the Peters Family Foundation in Utah in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; the Wisconsin State Journal in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014; and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, which provided $10,000 in 2014 and again in 2015.

All members of the Center’s Board of Directors, who serve as volunteers, are financial supporters of the organization.

The Center has received revenue for producing reports through arrangements with the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.; WBEZ Public Media in Chicago; and American University’s J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism.

In 2011, the Center announced a partnership with to investigate the influence of money in Wisconsin state politics and policymaking. The project was supported by the Open Society Institute. The Center received about $25,000 for this project in 2011 and a similar amount in the first half of 2012.

Our financial supporters

Abbotsford Tribune Phonograph

Noel Anderson

Susan Applegate

Appleton Post-Crescent Community Fund

Jeff Ash

Herman Baumann

Keith Baumgartner

Eileen Beamish

Steven Beatty

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Joe Beck

Tom Bier

Walt Bogdanich

Teri Boggess

Rod Bohn

Deanna Bowden

Daniel Brand

Malcolm and Penny Brett

Dylan Brogan

Craig Brooks

Roger Buffett

Jim Burgess

Linda Calhan

Peter Cameron

Peter and Marsha Cannon

The Capital Times

Denis and Carol Carey

Janice Chernik

Dave Cieslewicz

Ned Cochrane and Bonnie Cox

Sheila Cohen

Scott Cohn


Nora Cusack

John Daigle

Tim Damos

James Danky

Judith Davidoff

Jason Dean

Martha Deming

Linda Donnelly

Wm and Gretchen Dresen

Bill Dunn

Sharon Dunwoody

John Durbrow

Kaye Eckert

Karen Eclavea

J Edmondson

Lynne Eich

Loren Elkin

Eric Englund

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

Mark and Sara Eversden

Evjue Foundation

John Eyster

Mike and Gloria Fauerbach

Robert Fazen

Fredrika Feeny

Gary Feider

Ford Foudation

David Freedman

Lewis Friedland

Lauren Fuhrmann

Fund for Environmental Journalism

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Sharon and Warren Gaskill

Robert Gebeloff

Maureen Gerarden

Geri Girard

Neil Gleason

Robert Godfrey

James M. Grayson

Timothy Haering

George Hagenauer

Andy and Dee J. Hall

Larry Hands and Karen Kendrick-Hands

Phil Hands

Sally Mead Hands Foundation

Philip and Janet Hasler

Scott Haumersen

Julie Hayward

David Hetzel

Nick Heynen

Nancy Heyser

David Holland

John Holman

Brant Houston


Jevon Jaconi

Forrest Jafuta

Kay James

Christine Javid

Jolanta Jimenez

Judy Jolin

Margaret Jones

The Joyce Foundation

Thomas Kaminski

Amy Karon

Karon Medical Writing, LLC

Rita Kehl

Ellen Kobs

Robert Dreps and Betty Koehl

Gail Kohl

Magda Konieczna

Dorothy Kruse

Ruth Lalley

Troy Lethem

Scott and Donna Lewein

Charles Lewis

Patricia Lucas

Mary Lyke

Susan and Steve Macejkovic

Carol and Stuart Martell

Dick Marx

Gordy Maske

Jim Massey

Kathleen Massoth

Jane Mawer

Michael P. May

Brendan McCarthy

McCormick Foundation

Ellen McDonald

McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC

Jody McIntyre

Oma Vic McMurray

Howard and Nancy Mead

Dan Melton

Bonnie Michaelis

Karen Lincoln Michel

Jacob Miller

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jack and Bonnie Mitchell

Jeanan Yasiri Moe

Stefanie Moritz

John Moyer

Lyle Muller

Valerie Murphy

Patricia Nash

Paul Nelson

Kara O’Connor

John O’Leary

Katharine Odell

Richard Oliver

Open Society Foundations (Foundation to Promote Open Society)

Tara and Carlos Pabellon

Linda Percy

Peters Family Foundation

Richard Phelps

Samuel Phillips

Mark Pitsch

Ann Pooler

Kate Prengaman

Charley Preusser

Michael Quieto

Dick Record

Brendan Reid

Richard Reinke

Terry Rindfleisch

Jonathan M. Rivin

John Roach

Susan Robinson

Brynn Bemis and Finn Ryan

Irene Schapiro

Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c.

Richard Seaman

Bob Segall

Jennifer Sereno

James Sernoe

Hemant and Elizabeth Shah

Bassam Shakhashiri

Robyn Shingler

Norman Siler

Daniel Simmons

Randy Slagg

Sharon Stark

Liz Stein

Molly Stentz

Barbara Stiefvater

David Stoeffler

William Stokes

Dean Strang

Nancy Stumpf

Charlie Talbert

Thomas Thelen

Richard Thomas Record Living Trust

Pamela Thompson

Carol Toussaint

Tim Townhill

Joseph Trotter

Paul Trotter

Lynn and Nancy Utesch

Nancy Utesch

Vantage Point luncheon series

Vital Projects Fund

Julie Walsh

Thomas F. Warren

Christa Westerberg

Robert Wilcox

Roger and Kristi Williams


Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation

Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin State Journal

Sharyn Wisniewski

Trudi Witonsky


Lisa Wolters

Scott Zeinemann

Dave Zweifel