Sustainability: A Survival Guide for Nonprofit Investigative Groups

This guide to sustainability for nonprofit investigative journalism groups is adapted from Global Investigative Journalism: Strategies for Support, by GIJN’s David E. Kaplan, published by the Center for International Media Assistance in 2013. 

For more background, see GIJN’s Sustainability Resources page.One of the bright spots in investigative journalism over the past decade has been the rapid spread of nonprofits dedicated to supporting in-depth journalism around the world. A 2012 survey by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) identified 106 investigative journalism nonprofits in nearly 50 countries – with more than half of them founded in the past five years. The list includes nonprofit newsrooms, online publishers, professional associations, grant-making funds, NGOs, training institutes, and academic centers. About half are based in the United States, where the hollowing out of traditional media has sparked the founding of dozens of these nonprofit newsrooms at the state and local level. Moreover, the trend does not appear to be abating.

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Investigative Journalism Organizations

Here are nonprofit and related organizations worldwide that work in support of investigative journalism, listed by region. It is a diverse group that includes nonprofit newsrooms, online publishers, professional associations, NGOs, training institutes, and academic centers in nearly 50 countries. For inclusion, GIJN applied the following criteria: the group is structured as a nonprofit or non-governmental organization operating in the public interest; its primary mission includes support of investigative journalism; and, for reporting organizations, there is a substantial, on-going commitment to in-depth project reporting or data journalism. If you think a group should be included, write us at AFRICA

Africa Uncensored, Kenya

African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting

Centro de Integridade Pública (Center for Public Integrity), Mozambique

Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Africa

INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, Botswana

International Centre for Investigative Reporting, Nigeria

Investigative Journalism Workshop, Wits Univ., South Africa

amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, South Africa

Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, South Africa

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nigeria

Programme for African Investigative Reporting (PAIR), West Africa

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nigeria


Afghan Centre for Investigative Journalism (ACIJ), Afghanistan

Bhutan Media Foundation, Bhutan

Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nepal

Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan (CIRP), Pakistan

Centre for Media and Development Initiatives, Vietnam

Forum for Media and Literature, India

India Spend, India

JARING (Indonesia Network for Investigative Journalism), Indonesia

Korea Center for Investigative Journalism, South Korea

New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism, New Zealand 

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Philippines

Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism, New Zealand

Thailand Information Center For Civil Rights and Investigative Journalism, Thailand


Agency for Journalistic Investigations, Belarus

Átlátszó Erdély, Romania, Hungary

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Balkans

Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Latvia

Bosnian Center for Investigative Reporting, Bosnia

Crimean Center for Investigative Reporting, Ukraine

Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, Czech Republic

Direkt36, Hungary

Donetsk Institute of Information, Ukraine

Foundation for Investigative Journalism, Russia

Fundacja Reporterow, Poland

Gobolyos Jozsef “Soma” Foundation, Hungary

HETQ Investigative Journalists, Armenia

Investigative Journalism Center, Croatia (IJC)

Investigative Journalism Center of Moldova, Moldova

Investigative Reporting Bureau Svidomo, Ukraine

Kiev Agency for Investigative Reporting, Ukraine

Kosovo Center for Investigative Journalism (KCIJ), Kosovo

Nikolayev Center for Investigative Reporting, Ukraine

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Eastern Europe/FSU

Regional Press Development Institute, Ukraine

RISE Moldova, Moldova

RISE Project, Romania

Rivne Agency for Investigative Reporting, Ukraine

Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism, Romania

SCOOP, Eastern Europe/FSU

SCOOP Macedonia, Macedonia

Sebastopol Center for Investigative Journalism, Ukraine

Serbian Center for Investigative Reporting, Serbia

Slovenian Center for Investigative Journalism, Slovenia

Studio Monitor, Georgia

Transparent Transylvania, Hungary


Abraji – Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, Brazil, Venezuela

Center for Investigative Journalism (CIPER), Chile

Centro de Investigación de la Comunicación (CINCO), Nicaragua

Connectas, Colombia

Consejo de Redacción, Colombia

Convoca, Peru

El Faro, El Salvador

FOPEA, Argentina

IDL-Reporteros, Peru

Institute for Press and Society, Peru

Mexican Foundation for Investigative Journalism (MEPI), Mexico

Plaza Pública, Guatemala

Publica, Brazil

Quinto Elemento, Mexico


Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Middle East/North Africa

L’Association marocaine pour le journalisme d’investigation, Morocco

P-24 — Platform for Independent Journalism, Turkey


National and International Groups

100Reporters, U.S.

Canadian Association of Journalists, Canada

Center for Investigative Reporting, U.S.

Center for Public Integrity, U.S.

FairWarning, U.S.

Food & Environment Reporting Network, U.S.

Fund for Investigative Journalism, U.S.

Global Investigative Journalism Network, international

Institute for Nonprofit News, U.S.

International Center for Journalists, U.S.

International Reporting Program, University of British Columbia, Canada

International Reporting Project (IRP), US

Investigative Fund, U.S.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, U.S.

Investigative Reporting Program, Univ.