IRE Specialty Funds

Donate online here

(there is a place to note which fund you want to support)

or

Mail a check 

(noting the fund you want to support in the memo field)

IRE, Attn: Heather Feldmann Henry, 141 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211

 

Support all of IRE’s programs and services

IRE General Fund: IRE applies income from the fund where it is needed most in the organization within a given year. 

 

Support journalists of color

IRE Journalist of Color Fellowship: The program is intended to prepare and support journalists of color for a solid career in investigative reporting. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important. The fellow continues to work in the newsroom and carry the regular workload while also working on this investigative reporting project.

 

IRE Diversity Development Fund: IRE is dedicated to increasing diversity in the investigative journalism community. Gifts to this fund go toward fellowships for journalists of color to attend IRE conferences, seminars and workshops.

 

Ottaway Family Fund: This fund, established by David Ottaway and Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation supports journalists to attend an IRE Data Journalism Bootcamp and is aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE’s membership.

 

Philip L. Graham Fund: The fund sends journalists of color to the IRE conference to support increasing the diversity of IRE’s membership.

 

Support college student journalists of color

Rick Gevers-Karen Burns Diversity Fund for College Journalists: This fund provides IRE training, resources and support annually at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and on other campuses for the benefit of student journalists of color.

 

Support all journalists

Eric Sager Fellowship Fund: Established through an estate gift by the late Eric B. Sager, an IRE member from West Virginia, who worked mainly in trade publications. It supports journalists attending the IRE conference.

 

Support women journalists

Jennifer Leonard Scholarship Fund: Created by IRE member David Cay Johnston of The New York Times to honor his wife, the president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and a national leader in promoting ethical standards for endowments. The scholarships are awarded to women of modest means who are journalism students, or have less than three years of work experience, allowing them to attend the IRE conferences or NICAR training seminars.

 

Support small newspaper journalists

Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship Fund: In memory of Godfrey Wells Stancill, former editor and publisher of the Suffolk News-Herald and father of IRE board member Nancy Stancill. The fund supports fellowships to IRE’s annual conference for a journalist from a small news organization.

 

Support early-career journalists

Jennifer Leonard Scholarship Fund: Created by IRE member David Cay Johnston of The New York Times to honor his wife, the president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and a national leader in promoting ethical standards for endowments. The scholarships are awarded to women of modest means who are journalism students, or have less than three years of work experience, allowing them to attend the IRE conferences or NICAR training seminars.

 

Napoli Management Group Fund: The fund was established by the Napoli Management Group to help aspiring TV watchdog journalists, early in their careers, who otherwise would not have the financial means to attend the IRE conference.

 

Support journalism educators

David Donald Fund: The fund is named for the late David Donald, a former IRE training director who spread the gospel of computer-assisted reporting to thousands of journalists, educators and students around the world. It is designed to support computer-assisted reporting training for university educators so that they can better equip their students to be effective watchdogs through the use of data.

 

Support independent journalists

Freelance Journalists Fund: Donations to this fund support annual cash fellowships for freelance journalists working on investigative projects.

 

Supports business journalists

David Dietz Fund: This fund honors the memory of long-time member and former IRE board president, David Dietz. It creates a fellowship to send a business reporter to the IRE conference.

 

Support crime reporting journalists

Tom Renner Award Fund: This fund supports the Tom Renner Award which honors outstanding crime reporting and is presented at the annual IRE awards event. 

 

Support international journalists

Brant Houston International Journalism Fund: Created by the IRE board and staff to honor Houston’s many years of service to IRE, including his ten years as executive director. The fund supports IRE’s efforts to foster excellence in global investigative reporting.

 

Torchlight Fund: Established in 2015 by the Data and Interactives Team at USA TODAY when they donated a large cash prize won for work on Behind the Bloodshed, a data-driven accounting of mass murders in America. It funds a fellowship for a journalist working outside the United States, under difficult conditions, to attend the IRE or NICAR conference.

 

Support broadcast journalists

Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fund: Established by IRE and WTHR-Indianapolis to honor Stephen, an award-winning journalist and longtime IRE member who died in November 2008 after a long battle with cancer. The fund establishes fellowships to send broadcast journalists to an IRE Data Journalism Bootcamp.

 

Napoli Management Group Fund: The fund was established by the Napoli Management Group to help aspiring TV watchdog journalists, early in their careers, who otherwise would not have the financial means to attend the IRE conference.

 

Support student journalists in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi & Oklahoma

James Richard Bennett Scholarship Fund: The scholarships are made possible by a donation to IRE by Dr. James R. Bennett, professor emeritus of English, University of Arkansas. It supports college students in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Louisiana to attend the IRE conference.

 

Support the IRE Resource Center

Eugene S. Pulliam Fund for IRE’s Resource Center: The fund was created with a gift from the Jane Pulliam Trust. It supports IRE’s Resource Center, a rich reserve of print, broadcast and online stories, tipsheets and guides to help journalists start and complete the best work of their careers. 

 

Support FOI resources

Freedom of Information Initiative Fund: IRE’s efforts in training, research, publications regarding state open records laws and the Freedom of Information Act are supported by this fund. 

 

Support graduate students working at the IRE headquarters office

Greg Reeves Memorial Fund: The fund honors Kansas City Star reporter Greg Reeves, a computer-assisted reporting pioneer and long-time IRE member, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2007. It supports a graduate student assistantship in the IRE and NICAR Database Library. 

 

Brent Johnson Fund: In memory of Brent Johnson, who was an exceptional student at the Missouri School of Journalism and IRE, this fund was created to support a graduate research assistant for The IRE Journal.

 

For more information, please contact Chris Vachon, IRE’s Director of Partnerships, at 317-371-6780 or chris@ire.org.