Funding

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that is primarily funded through grants from foundations and donations from individuals and corporations. Additional revenue is obtained through sponsorships of its events and activities, and from earned income — payments for providing services such as fact-checking, collaborating with students or producing investigative journalism projects.

More than 650 individuals, foundations, news organizations and other groups have contributed financially to the Center since its launch in 2009.

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 in general support, 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; $75,000 in 2016; $50,000 in 2017 and 2018.

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 Foundations in New York City, awarded the Center general support totaling $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), $350,000 in 2014 (over two years) and $200,000 in 2016.

In 2013, The Joyce Foundation became a major supporter of the Center. The Chicago-based foundation awarded a $100,000 grant that 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. In 2018, The Joyce Foundation awarded the Center a two-year grant of $100,000 a year.

The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times in Madison, 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, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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). In December 2016, the foundation designated the Center as one of 57 nonprofit news organizations eligible for up to $25,000 in matching funds through its NewsMatch program. As 2017 began, the Center successfully completed the match, thanks to 168 donors. At the end of 2017, the Center was awarded $28,000 from NewsMatch, now funded by an expanded number of donors, for meeting the program’s fundraising goals, and in 2018, the Center was awarded $27,000 from NewsMatch.

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, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation.

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 and $15,000 in 2017.

The Reva & David Logan Foundation, based in Chicago, became a major supporter of the Center in 2017 with a general support grant of $100,000. The foundation awarded the Center $125,000 grants in 2018 and 2019.

The Center also is grateful for support it received from the Peters Family Foundation in Utah in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; the Wisconsin State Journal in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014; and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and its related foundation, which provided $10,000 in 2014 and 2015, $14,000 in 2016, and $20,000 in 2017.

In 2016, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication received a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to establish a class in fact-checking and to create The Observatory website to publish fact-checked reports and information about fact-checking. The Center, in turn, received a contract of $15,000 in the first year and $10,000 in the second to develop and launch the website and assist in fact-checking, editing and distribution of content. The Center is training students and raising the supply of high-quality verified journalism.

In 2017, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication received a three-year grant totaling $120,000 from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to collaborate with the Center on production of investigative reports by students that are published on the Center’s website and distributed to media partners across the state and nation. The Center is being paid through a contract.

In 2019, Houston philanthropists Laura and John Arnold, founders of Arnold Ventures, became major supporters of the Center, with a $100,000 gift of general operating support.

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 and conducting interviews through arrangements with the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.; WBEZ Public Media in Chicago; American University’s J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism; Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting; Sarah Colt Productions in New York City; and HuffPost.

In 2011, the Center announced a partnership with MAPLight.org 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

A to Z Produce and Bakery
Lisa Aarli and Gail Owens
Helen Aarli
Abbotsford Tribune Phonograph
Jason Alcorn
Rita Allen Foundation
Amazon Smile
Diane Ames
Noel Anderson
Elizabeth Andre
Margaret Andrietsch
Mary Anglim
Mrs. Lynn and Dr. Tom Ansfield
Charles Anstett
David Antonioni
Susan Applegate
Appleton Post-Crescent Community Fund
Joan Arnold
Michael Arnold
Laura and John Arnold
Alexandra Arriaga
Alicia Artus
Jeff Ash
Jan Axelson
Elizabeth Backes
Adam Balin and Karin Mahony
Bunny Balk
Ellen Balthazor
Robbi Bannen
Jeffrey Bartell
Eileen Bartos
Janet Battista
Herman Baumann and Kay Schwichtenberg
Keith and Juli Baumgartner
Mary Kay Baum
Eileen Beamish
Steven Beatty
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
Barbara Beck
Joe and Fina Beck
Madeleine Behr
Ann Behrmann
Daniel Bennett
Eyoel Berhane
Bill Berry
Stephen Berry
Paul Bickford
Tom and Katherine Bier
Kathy and Peter Bissen
Lynn Bjorkman
Karen Blofeld
Blue Valley Farms
Walt Bogdanich
Teri Boggess
Rod Bohn
Peter Bonnes
Eric Booth
Deanna Bowden
Nicholas Boyle
Maureen Brady
Nancy Bralick
Daniel Brand
Sirianna Brand
Malcolm and Penny Brett
Elizabeth Brixey
Dylan Brogan
Karl and Aimee Broman
Sandra Kay and James Brooks
Suzanne Brooks
Craig Brooks
Sue Brouillette
Martha Brown
Joanne Brown
Roger Buffett
Roland Buhler
Brian and Margaret Bull
Jay Bullock
Jim and Catherine Burgess
Elaine Burke
Mary Burke
Linda and Edward Calhan
Peter Cameron
Tom and Patti Cameron
Marsha and Peter Cannon
The Capital Times
Denis Carey and Carol Koby Carey
Bill Carey
Duncan Carlsmith Carlsmith
Janice Chernik
Dave Cieslewicz
Catherine Cleary
Ned Cochrane and Bonnie Cox
Marcus and Sheila Cohen
Sarah Cohen
Scott Cohn
Rebecca Cole
Wm. Collins Kohler Foundation
Comfypac
Sara Companik
Daniel and Paige A. Conley
Tim Conroy
Linda Cooke
Bill Cooney
Marcy Cox
Michael Crane
David Crawford
Julie Crego
Dorothy Crenshaw
Sue Cross
Kathleen Culver
Nora Cusack and Brent Nicastro
Betty and Corkey Custer
Annette Czarnecki
Debra Dahlke
John Daigle
Tim Damos
James Danky and Christine Schelshorn
Judith Davidoff
Brian A. Davis and Deborah M. Umstead
Dead Bird Brewing Co.
Jason Dean
Dorothy Dean
Cathy Decker
Brenda DeJong
Martha Deming
Democracy Fund
Pam Dempsey
Claire and Chris DeRosa
Glenn Deutsch
Mary Dibble
Robert Dohnal
Linda Donnelly
Richard Doxtator
Betsy Draine
Robert and Lynn Drechsel
Robert Dreps and Elizabeth Koehl
William and Gretchen Dresen
Kathleen Drew
Thomas and Andy Dukehart
Coburn Dukehart
Caroline Dunham
Bill Dunn
Sharon Dunwoody and Stephen Glass
Claire Duquette
John Durbrow
Kaye Eckert
Karen Eclavea
Jennifer and John Edmondson
Jane Edson
Richard Eggleston
Lynne and Bill Eich
Loren Elkin
Eric Englund
James Erickson
Dale Erlandson
Kathleen Esqueda
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
Mark and Sara Eversden
Evjue Foundation
John Eyster
Kristeen and Todd Fansler
Michael and Gloria Fauerbach
Robert and Marianne Fazen
Wendy Fearnside and Bruce Meier
Fredrika Feeny
Gary Feider
Margaret Fennig
Paul and Sarah Ferguson
Vincent Filak
Beth Flaherty
Dan Flannery
Anita Flantz
Dorothy Ann Flood-Smith
Kelvin Fodolfo
Ford Foundation
Susan Fowler
Philip Fransen
Georgette Frazer
David Freedman
Kathy Freise
Caroline Fribance
Lewis A. Friedland and Stacey Oliker
Lauren and Eric Fuhrmann
Fund for Environmental Journalism
Fund for Investigative Journalism
Dennis Gaffney
Susan Gagainis
Peter Gascoyne and Claudia English
Sharon and Warren Gaskill
Frank S. Gattolin
Robert Gebeloff
Janet and Derrick Gee
Cynthia Gengler
Maureen Gerarden
Mark Giese
Rebecca Gilsdorf
Geri Girard
Neil Gleason
Christopher and Erin Glueck
Robert Godfrey
Richard Goldberg and Lisa Munro
Marian Goldeen
Kate Golden and Wesley Brooks
Dorothy Golush
Dr. Lawrence and Hannah Goodman
Linda Gorens-Levey and Michael Levey
Stephanie Govin-Matzat
Kevin Grasse
Lucas Graves
James Grayson
Gareth Green
Jessica and Brad Green
Dianne Greenley
Peter and Barbara Grenier
Elizabeth Griffith
Gretchen Griffith
Matt Griffith
El Grito Taqueria
Angela Guzman
Timothy Haering
Megan Hagenauer and John Basler
George Hagenauer
Robert and Elke Hagge
Steven Hahn
Paula Hahn
Andrew and Dee J. Hall
David Hall
Henry and Mary Ann Halsted
Marilyn Hamilton
Jane Hampden
John Lawrence Hands and Karen Kendrick-Hands
Phil and Tricia Hands
Sally Mead Hands Foundation
Susan Hansen
Alice Hanson
Gerald Hanson
Mark Hanson
Katie Harbath
Colette Harbort
Gwen Hardie-Bauer
Eileen Harrington
Kathie Hart
Dr. Philip and Janet Hasler
Jay Hatcher
Scott Haumersen
William Haynes
Julie Hayward
Lorie Hearn
Philip Heckman
Carol Heim
Neil Heinen and Nancy Christy
Marieka Heinlen
Haley Henschel
Heidi and Scott Herron
George Hesselberg
Karen Hester
David Hetzel
Nick Heynen
Nancy Heyser
Kristin Higgins
Richard Hinderholtz
Susan and Leslie Hoffman
Samuel Hoisington
Jesse Holcomb
David Holland
Darryl Holliday
David Hollingsworth
John Holman
Vincent Holmes
Bob Hoot
Julie Horn Alexander
Brant Houston
Diana and Kermit Hovey
Leslie Ann Howard
Robert Huff
Rachel Imsland
Frances Ingebritson
John Intrieri
Isthmus
Mike Ivey
Jevon Jaconi
Forrest Jafuta
The Janesville Gazette
Christine Javid
Vince Jenkins and Stefanie Moritz
Mara Jezior
Jolanta Jimenez
Gerald Johnson
Barbara Johnson
John Johnson
Kelley Johnson
Roberta Johnson
Judy and Gary Jolin
Erin Jonaitis
Margaret Jones and David Linton
Yvette Jones and John Lombardo
Jordandal Farms
Seth Jovaag
The Joyce Foundation
William M. and Claudia Kaiser
Thomas Kaminski
Jerry Kammer
Corliss Karasov
Amy Karon
Karon Medical Writing, LLC
Lukas Keapproth
Rita and Tim Kehl
Heddy Keith
Gerould Kern
Judi Kesselman-Turkel and Franklynn Peterson
Kathryn Kienholz
Patricia Kilburn
Karin Kirchoff
Sean Kirkby
Debra Klebesadel
John Klein
James Kleist
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund at The Miami Foundation
Ellen Kobs
Gail Kohl
Harvey Kohn
Dennis Koi’s Sr.
Sarah Kolbe
Magda Konieczna
Debbie Konkol
Jeffrey Kosbie
Thomas Kozlovsky
James Kramer and Shoko Miyagi
William Kraus and Toni Sikes
Marilyn and Lawrence Krause
Dorothy Kruse
Tracy Kuczenski
Rebecca Kuick
Todd M. Kursel
Eileen Labarre
Cynthia LaConte
Julie Lacouture
Ann Lacy
Annette Laing
Ruth Lalley
Austin Landgraf
Ruthanne Landsness
Jeffrey Lange
Kathleen Lapp James
Janet and Douglas Laube
Michele Laux
Barbara Lea-Kruger
Patricia Leavenworth
Kristin LeDuc
Dr. Douglas and Dr. Martha Lee
Monica Lee
Patricia Leone-Thiel
Mrs. Sheryl and Mr. Roger Lepage
Beth Lepinski
Cynthia Lepkowski
Troy Lethem and Mary Matthias
Stuart Levy
Donna and Scott Lewein
Charles Lewis and Pam Gilbert
Louisa Lincoln
Linda Lincoln
Charles Lincoln
Karen Lincoln Michel and Roberto Michel
Rory Linnane
Charles Linsenmeyer
Mary Lloyd-Jones
Jocelyn Loehe
The Reva & David Logan Foundation
Cara and Lisa Lombardo
Willis Long
Claudia Looze
Tristan Loper
David J. and Madeleine Lubar
Patricia Lucas
Mary and Timothy Lyke
Steve and Susan Macejkovic
John K. MacIver Institute
Mary Lee Maki
Linda and David Maraniss
Roberta Marck
Lynn Markham
Robin Marohn
Daniel and Linda Marquardt
James Marrari
John Marshall
Stuart and Carol Martell
Richard Marx
Julie Maryott-Walsh
Gordy Maske
Jim Massey
Kathleen Massoth and Marshall Bruce Edmonson
Kathi Matthews-Risley
Shirley Brabender Mattox
Jane Mawer
Michael May
Jillian Mayo
Brendan McCarthy
Robert McClure
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Ellen McDonald
McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC
Thomas McGovern
Rick McGrath
Jody McIntyre
Patricia McKeown
Bonnie McMullin-Lawton
Oma Vic McMurray
Brent McNabb and David Macleod
Jimi McPherson
Howard and Nancy Mead
David and Marion Meissner
Dan Melton
Janet Mertz and Jonathan Kane
Bonnie Michaelis
Michael and Susan Michaelis
Don Michaelis
Jaclyn Mich
Rosemary Migas
Sally and Charles Miley
Jacob Miller
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Connie Milz
Jack and Bonnie Mitchell
Dale Mitchell
Doug Moe and Jeanan Yasiri Moe
Jane Morgan
William Morgan
Alex Morrell
Timothy Morrissey
John Moyer
Michaela and Greg Moy
Lyle and Vicki Muller
James Mundt
Will Murphy
Hank Murphy
Valerie Murphy
Kathleen Mykleby
Debra Nagel
Patricia Nash
Elizabeth Neary and William Bula
Henry and Barbara Nehls-Lowe
Keith Nelson and Karen McKim
Paul Nelson
David Nelson
Deborah Nemeth
Susan Neuhauser
Daniel Nicolas
Jan Norsetter
Gary Nowobielski
Kara and Ryan O’Connor
Vince O’Hern and Linda Baldwin
John O’Leary
Kristine O’Leary
Carol O’Leary
Kathy O’Malley
Randy OConnell
Katharine Odell
Pamela Oliver
Richard Oliver
Open Society Foundations (Foundation to Promote Open Society)
Ruth Oppedahl
David Otto
Cathie and Harvey Ovshinsky
Tara and Carlos Pabellon
Ron Page
Rebecca Palmer
Dyan Pasono
Joel Patenaude
Jon Peacock
Mark and Catherine Pearce
Richard and Merry Noel Pearson
Patty Peltekos
George Penn
Linda Percy
Marilyn Perr
Thomas Perzentka
Peters Family Foundation
Richard Phelps
Samuel Phillips
Nancy Phoenix
Ethan Pierick
Pines Bach LLP
Mark Pitsch and Mary Kemp
Richard Plonsky
Sheila Plotkin
Maureen Plunkett
Sarah Polenska
Ann Pooler
Carol Poore
Willy Porter
Lynn and Martin Preizler
Kathryn Prengaman
Charley Preusser
Amy Pyle
Bob Queen
Michael Quieto
Richard and Krista Ralston
Judith Ranney and Robert Latchaw
Roger and Nancy H. Rathke
Ed Reams
Dick Record
Connie and Steven Reddicliffe
Don and Carol Reeder
Janis Reek
Brendan Reid
Richard Reinke
Patrick Remington
Joanne and Gus Ricca
John Rice
Hilda J. Richey
Terry Rindfleisch and Linda Hirsh
Robert Riordan
Jonathan Rivin
John Roach
Louise Robbins
The Robin Room
Susan Robinson
Jim and Bonnie Rock
Michele and James Rohan
James Romenesko
Emma Rose
Suzanne Rose
Tina Rosenberg Varenik
Phil Rosenthal
Ellen Rosewall
Ronald and Cathy Rotter
George Row
Dee Ruyven
Rebecca Ryan and Lauren Azar
Finn Ryan and Brynn Bemis
Mary Sanford and Adrian Bourque
Barbara and Donald Sanford
Jenny and Louis Sanner
M Santini
Leyla Sanyer
Catherine Schachter
Jill Schaefer
Irene Schapiro and Norman Fost
Lisa Schiltz
EJ Scholl
Schott, Bublitz & Engel s.c.
Jack Schroeder
Peggy Schulz
Cynthia Schuster
Richard Schwartz
Sid Schwartz
Adam Schweigert
Kifflie Scott and Steve Sullivan
Penny Scribner
Richard Seaman
Russell Sears
Robert Segall
Jennifer and David Sereno
James Sernoe
Ellen Seuferer and Richard Tatman
Caryl and Dr. Robert Sewell
Vicki Shaffer
Hemant Shah
Bassam Shakhashiri
Michael Shank and Carol Troyer-Shank
Pamela Sharpe
Dean Eric Sharp
Gail and Dan Shea
Ronald Shenberger
Robyn Shingler
Mark Shropshire
Cynthia Shumway
Norman Siler
Patricia Simms
Erin Simpson
Randy Slagg
PJ and Jana Slinger
John Smalley
Charlotte Smelter
Richard Smith
Norma and Elliott Sober
Matt Solomon
Brook and Nelson Soltvedt
Nancy Sperling
Mary Spicuzza and Dan Simmons
Marianne and Brandon Spoon
Eric Squair
Jacob Stampen
George Stanley
Sharon Stark and Peter Livingston
Terese Stauss
Joshua Stearns
Molly Steenson
Liz Stein
Molly Stentz
Barbara Stiefvater
David Stoeffler
William Stokes
Dean Strang
Nancy Stumpf
Paul Sullivan
Wendy Swanberg
Peggy Swan
Victoria and Patrick Sweeney
Charles and Victoria Talbert
Kent Tempus
Thomas Thelen
Meg Theno and Herb Nelson
Richard Thomas Record Living Trust
Pamela Thompson
Lea Thompson
Thomas Thoresen
Michael Timm
Tyler Tokarczyk
Carol and John Toussaint
Tim Townhill
Tribune Phonograph TP Printing
Susan Troller Cosgrove and Howard Cosgrove
Paul Trotter
Carol Tumey
Brenda Turnbull
Robert Turnbull
Meg Turville-Heitz
Jan Tymorek
David Umhoefer and Gretchen Schuldt
Ryan Urban
Nancy Utesch
Vantage Point, Luncheon Series
Michelle and Riley Vetterkind
Vital Projects Fund
Michael Wagner
George Wagner
David Wahlberg
David Wallner
James Walrath
Helu Wang and Xiaofei Guan
Violet Wang
Kathleen Wannemuehler
Tom Warren and Anna Marie Benander Warren
We The People
Daphne Webb
Ralph and Patricia Weber
Will Weider
Anita Weier
Ann Weigl
Lynn Welch
Christopher Wells
Thelma Wells
Tegan Wendland
Steve Wessel
Christa Westerberg
Virginia White
Sandra Whitney
Robert Wilcox
Roger and Kristi Williams
John Wilson
Sam Wiltzius
Lori Wirth
WISC-TV
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
Wisconsin Newspaper Association
Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation
Wisconsin Public Radio
Wisconsin State Journal
Sharyn Wisniewski
Trudi Witonsky
Dean and Nettie Witter
WKOW
Lisa Wolters
Kimberlee Wright
Pauline Yahr
Douglas Yanggen
Cynthia Yomantas and Steven Bauman
Bohdan Zachary
Scott Zeinemann
James and Susan Zerwick
Dave Zweifel