The Democracy Fund and First Look Media are today announcing a major infusion of new funding for the Center for Public Integrity, a $3 million general operating grant that will support the Center’s investigative journalism.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Democracy Fund and First Look Media for this gift, it is a game-changer for us,” said Center CEO John Dunbar. “These funds will allow us to double down on our efforts to hold government accountable to the people, from the White House to the nation’s statehouses and governors’ mansions.”
The gift to the Center is part of more than $12 million dollars in new grants from the two groups “to support an independent, robust free press.” Among the other grantees are the Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica, which are also getting $3 million apiece, and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, which is receiving $500,000.
The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar “to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.” First Look Media, also launched by Omidyar, is a media company encompassing investigative journalism, feature films and documentaries.
“A healthy democracy cannot exist without a vibrant public square in which hard-hitting, independent media inform the public and hold power accountable,” said Democracy Fund president Joe Goldman. “Investigative journalists play a crucial role in our political system. We hope this support extends the reach and depth of a remarkable set of nonprofit newsrooms at a pivotal moment in American history.”