The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment issued a challenge to the Center for Public Integrity: Beef up environmental investigative reporting and potentially receive matching funds of up to $500,000 per year through 2015.
The funds will be used to hire additional environmental reporters and develop new funding sources to support environmental reporting projects. The hiring earlier this month of Miami Herald investigations and government editor Ronnie Greene was part of the initiative.
Under terms of the agreement, the challenge grant must be matched by a total of $1.2 million over five years in new donations from sources that have never donated to the center’s environmental reporting work, or from existing donors that increase their support. The center currently devotes 10 percent of its annual budget to investigative reporting on the environment, and the challenge grant will enable it to nearly double the amount of resources it devotes to the topic.
Center for Public Integrity executive director William E. Buzenberg said:
This transformative gift comes at an enormously important time for the center. We have several environmental investigative projects already underway both nationally and internationally and many more we would like to launch. This critically important funding will allow us to step up our efforts on this key topic at a time when many newsrooms are reducing the size of their reporting staffs.
Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo chairman and Grantham Foundation co-founder Jeremy Grantham added:
Unfortunately, the global environment remains under siege on many fronts. We see a tremendous need for greater exposure of the abuses of money and power that are at the heart of our great environmental problems. The Center for Public Integrity’s brand of hard-hitting investigative journalism is perfectly suited to the job.