Type Investigations, formerly The Investigative Fund, incubates high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. We bring underreported stories to light, cultivate diverse journalistic talent, and create a home for independent journalism that serves the public.
We work with independent investigative reporters to produce deeply reported journalism that we publish in partnership with a wide variety of print, broadcast and digital media outlets — allowing us to bring investigative reporting to diverse audiences. Our editors provide diverse freelance reporters with expert editorial guidance, a team of researchers, and funds to cover their travel, time and other reporting costs. We are committed to reporting from the ground level, finding stories and sources among the communities most affected by wrongdoing.
Type Investigations covers the most critical issues of our time: immigration, labor, environment, corporate and government malfeasance, and civil and human rights.
OUR TRACK RECORD
Stories from Type Investigations have sparked resignations of public officials, and triggered FBI investigations, Congressional hearings, and federal legislation. They have changed corporate policies and exposed previously hidden forms of abuse and exploitation. Our stories have won some of journalism’s top awards: the Emmy, the Polk, the National Magazine Award, the duPont, the Hillman Prize, the Scripps Howard Award, the Investigative Reporters & Editors Medal and more.
High profile examples of policy impact include our work exposing human rights abuses of immigrants at the hands of law enforcement which resulted in criminal investigations, a Congressional inquiry, and reforms within the U.S. Border Patrol; an exposé of abuses and deaths inside for profit prisons which led to the Justice Department ordering the Bureau of Prisons to end its use of private prisons entirely; and a story about how a Silicon Valley firm, Palantir, had developed a secret predictive policing system in New Orleans which led to the mayor ending that program.
Many more stories have led to shifts in corporate policy, from Starbucks vowing to shutter a bottling plant in California that had been tapping water sources in a drought-ridden area, to agricultural giant Cargill adopting new policies regarding deforestation in the Amazon, to Philip Morris and other major tobacco brands taking steps to eliminate child labor in their supply chains.
Our investigations have appeared in a wide variety of outlets, including The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Vice; independent magazines such as Harper’s, The Nation, Mother Jones, and The New Republic; digital outlets such as the Intercept, Highline, and the Verge; regional publications including California Sunday, The Texas Observer, and Virginia Quarterly Review; and broadcasters such as ABC News, NBC News, NPR and PBS.
OUR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY
Type Investigations runs a lean operation so that the vast majority of our approximately $1.5 million annual project budget goes directly to editorial costs: to editors, researchers and reporters and to cover travel, research and document costs. For a list of our funders, click here.
Here is the most recent Form 990 of our parent organization, Type Media Center, formerly known as The Nation Institute: 2016 Nation Institute 990.
And here is a copy of the IRS determination letter confirming Type Media Center’s nonprofit status. Type Media Center was formerly known as The Nation Institute, and its EIN number remains the same: IRS letter of determination of nonprofit status, 1995.