As a nonprofit newsroom and training ground for future journalists, the Workshop is funded primarily by grants from private foundations, donations from individuals, and contracted services for documentary production. Royalties for media content (for example, FRONTLINE co-productions) and payments from companies for services rendered (such as fact-checking services, data collection or analysis) comprise a smaller portion of the funding base.

The Workshop does not seek nor accept contributions from corporations, labor unions, governments, political parties or advocacy organizations. In limited instances, we may accept in-kind corporate contributions of data to support projects and may partner with for-profit entities, such as major media outlets, to advance journalism, media, democracy and freedom of speech. Workshop editors and staff may attend domestic and international conferences and allow travel expenses to be covered by conference organizers (corporate, government and nonprofit entities) in order to speak on issues related to investigative journalism and the free press.

Required narrative and financial reports are made to funders detailing the use of grant funds and, through stewardship newsletters and periodic updates, individual donors are informed about Workshop activities. All grants of more than $10,000 and donations of $250 annually and more are disclosed on the Workshop’s website. Anonymous contributions are not accepted.

The Workshop maintains a strict separation between funding and editorial content and funders are not involved in editorial decisions. Editorial content may be discussed with publishing and investigating partners, some of which may be for-profit media entities, such as The Washington Post and documentary producers.


The Workshop gratefully acknowledges the foundations, organizations and individuals who have made grants, donations and matching and in-kind gifts in the past two years.


  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation
  • Democracy Fund
  • Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • Litowitz Family Foundation
  • Reva and David Logan Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation
  • National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
  • Park Foundation
  • WGBH Educational Foundation

Individual Donors

  • Jim Balderston
  • Jonathan Coopersmith
  • Kris Higgins
  • Elizabeth Hill
  • Charles Lewis and Pamela Gilbert
  • Louise Montgomery
  • H. M. Sturm
  • Nancy Sturm
  • John and Adrienne Sullivan
  • Mark Thompson

Matching Gifts

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts