Center for Public Integrity

Protecting democracy and inspiring change

Washington, DC   |  http://www.publicintegrity.org

Mission

The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.

Ruling year info

1993

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Susan Smith Richardson

Main address

910 17th Street, NW, 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

54-1512177

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1989 by veteran journalist Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit news organizations in the country. Our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom is comprised of reporters, editors and data journalists who dig deep and deliver national and international investigative journalism of enduring significance.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Federal Politics

What happens when you follow the money? We dig deep to reveal what drives power and influence in the U.S.

Population(s) Served

One of the Center's first books, Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law, and Endangers Your Health, published in 1996, launched our effort to connect the dots between money, politics, and critical environmental health issues. Twenty years on, we still strive to produce investigative journalism that truly is performed in the public interest.

Population(s) Served

From failed efforts to control nuclear explosives to safety lapses at weapons sites, we investigate the forces — and weaknesses — in national security.

Population(s) Served

You hear the opinions on immigration, but we bring you the facts, faces and context behind immigration policy in the U.S. and its implications.

Population(s) Served

Who’s calling the shots in your state? We uncover what drives decisions in statehouses across the U.S., and monitor lawmaker ethics and accountability.

Population(s) Served

How safe are America’s workers? We reveal the hazards employees face in their workplaces, and the protections that often fail them.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2013

Charity Navigator 2012

Charity Navigator 2011

Charity Navigator 2014

Awards

The Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, 2013

The Pulitzer Prizes

Edgar A. Poe Award 2013

White House Correspondents' Association

The Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting 2013

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government

Investigative Reporting in a Medium Newsroom, First Place 2012

National Awards for Education Reporting

Thomas Stokes Award for Energy Reporting 2012

National Press Foundation

Winner, Feature Reporting Internet 2011

New York Press Foundation

James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism 2011

James Aronson Award

Excellence in Financial Journalism - Consumer Category - News 2011

New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of issue mentions in policymaker speeches

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Another media outlet or a policymaker mentions or cites one of our investigations in their publication and/or public speeches.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Public Integrity measures our impact using a variety of quantitative and qualitative assessments. These include web statistics, press citations, journalism awards, and references in congressional hearings and testimony. By facilitating regular and strategic interaction with peer and partner organizations (through regular meetings and other outreach) and with our audiences (through social networking technology, e-mail campaigns, surveys, conference calls, and other activities), we provide for more continuous feedback on the relevance and helpfulness of our work as well as a means to monitor the way advocates, citizens, and policymakers use it to promote social change.

The Center for Public Integrity measures our impact using a variety of quantitative and qualitative assessments. These include web statistics, press citations, journalism awards, and references in congressional hearings and testimony. By facilitating regular and strategic interaction with peer and partner organizations (through regular meetings and other outreach) and with our audiences (through social networking technology, e-mail campaigns, surveys, conference calls, and other activities), we provide for more continuous feedback on the relevance and helpfulness of our work as well as a means to monitor the way advocates, citizens, and policymakers use it to promote social change.

The Center for Public Integrity measures our impact using a variety of quantitative and qualitative assessments. These include web statistics, press citations, journalism awards, and references in congressional hearings and testimony. By facilitating regular and strategic interaction with peer and partner organizations (through regular meetings and other outreach) and with our audiences (through social networking technology, e-mail campaigns, surveys, conference calls, and other activities), we provide for more continuous feedback on the relevance and helpfulness of our work as well as a means to monitor the way advocates, citizens, and policymakers use it to promote social change.

The Center focuses its investigations on the following areas: money and politics, government waste/fraud/abuse, the environment, workers' rights, national security, immigration, and business. We have won more than 50 major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award and numerous honors from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Online News Association, Overseas Press Club, Society of Environmental Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.

2018
Wireless Wars: The Fight Over 5G

Reported by Allan Holmes. Edited by Gordon Witkin.

Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, Best Business Reporting with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Swamp Watch

Reported by Dave Levinthal, Sarah Kleiner, Carrie Levine, Ashley Balcerzak, Ryan Barwick, Lateshia Beachum, Jared Bennett, Fatima Bhojani, John Dunbar, Susan Ferriss, Allan Holmes, Maryam Jameel, Rui Kaneya, Rachel Leven, Kristen Lombardi, Patrick Malone, Jim Morris, R. Jeffrey Smith, Jamie Smith Hopkins, Kytja Weir and Jie Jenny Zou. Designed by Chris Zubak-Skees and Sameea Kamal. Edited by Levinthal, Dunbar and Gordon Witkin.

Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, Best News/Political Blog with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Medicaid, Under the Influence

Reported by Liz Essley Whyte and Joe Yerardi from the Center for Public Integrity and Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak from NPR. Graphics by Julia Donheiser. Edited by the Center’s Kytja Weir and Chris Zubak-Skees and NPR’s Joe Neel, Scott Hensley and Meredith Rizzo.

Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Feature with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over — Finalist
2017
Nuclear Negligence

Reported by Peter Cary, Patrick Malone and R. Jeffrey Smith. Designed by Chris Zubak-Skees. Edited by Smith.

National Headliner Award, Online Investigative Reporting
Associated Press Media Editors Awards, Public Service (medium newsroom)
Associated Press Media Editors Awards, Investigative Reporting (small newsroom)
Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, Best News or Event Feature with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Society of News Design Award of Excellence, Best of Digital Design, Features: Single subject project category
Online News Association Online Journalism Awards, Explanatory Reporting (Small) — Finalist
Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense — Honorable mention
Society of American Business Editors and Writers Health/Science Award (Small) — Finalist
Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Pro Chapter, Dateline Award, Investigative — Finalist
#CitizenSleuth

Reported and produced by Dave Levinthal, Christina Wilkie, Carrie Levine and Chris Zubak-Skees from the Center for Public Integrity and Amy Walters of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

National Headliner Award, Social Media
Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in S

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Center for Public Integrity

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Kiernan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Susan Smith Richardson

Center for Public Integrity

Susan Loewenberg

L.A. Theatre Works

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

Bruce Finzen

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Gilbert Omenn

Center for Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics and the Proteomics Alliance for Cancer Research at the University of Michigan

James Kiernan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Craig Newmark

Craigslist

Scott Siegler

Media Siegler

Matthew Thompson

National Public Radio

Jennifer 8. Lee

Elspeth Revere

Ravenswood Consulting Group

Richard Lobo

The Kennedy Center

Amit Paley

McKinsey & Company

George Alvarez-Correa

The World Bank

Olivia Ma

Google

Erin Schulte Collier

Good Words Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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