Join the Watchdog Club

Wisconsin needs authoritative, nonpartisan investigative reporting and fearless, well-trained investigative journalists to hold the powerful accountable and improve the quality of life for residents.

We invite you to join a network of people and corporations who take a leadership role in sustaining investigative reporting, and the training of investigative journalists in Wisconsin.

The Watchdog Club is a group of individuals, families and corporations committed to supporting the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and its mission — increasing the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future generations of investigative journalists.

Watchdog Club members share the distinction of being WCIJ’s most generous and loyal contributors, giving $1,000 or more each year. Members are WCIJ’s counselors and ambassadors. They enable WCIJ to excel and innovate, while fostering an informed citizenry and strengthening our democracy.


The Watchdog Club was created in 2017 to enrich members’ experience with investigative journalism, and to involve these loyal members in efforts to transform WCIJ into a larger, more financially resilient organization. WCIJ is built on three guiding values: Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions.

Members enjoy a full year of “behind the story” insights, events and benefits while building a legacy that will inform residents and strengthen our democracy for decades to come.

Right now is a fantastic time to join the Watchdog Club. News Match, a national campaign to encourage support for nonprofit news organizations, will match any donation we receive, up to $1,000 per donation. And because of the generosity of several charter Watchdog Club members, donations of $1,000 or more will be tripled.

That means your gift of $1,000 will have a superb impact of $3,000.