Non-profit

100Reporters

Website:

100r.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

90-0702671

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $532,498
Expenses: $476,902
Assets: $123,580

Type:

Nonprofit

100Reporters is a nonprofit investigative news organization that reports on various topics in areas all over the world. It publishes its reports on its website and in partnership with publications such as the New York Times, Foreign Policy Online, and the Washington Post. [1] It has been involved in multiple lawsuits, and it has received financial support from a number of left-of-center foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. [2] [3]

History

100Reporters was founded by former New York Times correspondents Diana Jean Schemo and Philip Shenon. 100Reporters received early support from the Ford Foundation, a left-of-center grantmaking foundation that, for much of its history, was the largest foundation in the United States. [4] [5] The Ford Foundation contributed a $200,000 grant to 100Reporters as seed funding in 2014. [6]

Activity

100Reporters is an investigative news organization that reports on issues in politics, business, education, the environment and corruption around the world. [7] The organization has reporters in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. [8] 100Reporters frequently reports on corruption within government agencies. One recent article criticized the United Nations High Commission on Refugees for refusing to address corruption or protect whistleblowers who report corruption in countries like Kenya, Yemen, and Uganda. [9]

Lawsuits Against the Government of the United States

100Reporters has been involved in several disputes with the United States government. In 2014, 100Reporters filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The lawsuit demanded that the DOJ produce documents in response to 100Reporters’ 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records relating the U.S. Attorney General’s monitoring of Siemens, which it accepted as punishment after Siemens pled guilty to criminal violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 2008. [10]

The DOJ responded by providing some information but withheld or redacted certain documents in accordance with FOIA exemptions relating to privacy, confidential commercial information, and attorney work product privilege. In 2016, the DOJ and 100Reporters filed cross motions for summary judgment relating to the DOJ’s redactions and withholdings. The court granted summary judgment to the DOJ with respect to information it withheld under the attorney work product privilege and confidential commercial information but denied the DOJ’s motion for the other exemptions. [11]

In 2017, 100Reporters filed a similar lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State for failing to comply with FOIA requests. The organizations filed the suit along with the left-of-center Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and former 100Reporters journalist Douglas Gillison. In December 2017, Gillison and 100Reporters submitted two FOIA requests to the State Department for records related to the implementation of Leahy Laws which prohibit the State Department from providing training and other forms of assistance to foreign security services that have violated human rights. The State Department failed to respond to the requests within the FOIA specified time period, leading Gillison and 100Reporters to argue that the State Department violated FOIA. 100Reporters asked the court to issue an order forcing the agency to produce the documents. [12]

100Reporters is the parent organization of Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium, the first of its kind in the United States. [13] It was founded and created by the co-founder of 100Reporters, Diana Jean Schemo, and Sky Sitney in 2015. It is located in Washington, D.C. and has operated every October for the last 6 years. [14]

Financial Support and Partners

100Reporters receives its funding through revenue from its film festival and symposium and from donations. [15] The left-of-center MacArthur Foundation has given 100Reporters five grants between 2015 and 2020 for a total of $575,000. [16] The left-of-center Park Foundation, one of the top funding organizations for environmentalist organizations in the United States has awarded 100Reporters $40,000 in grants between 2017 and 2020. [17]

The left-of-center Reva and David Logan Foundation, which funds projects in journalism, the arts, and social justice issues, gave 100Reporters a two-year, $200,000 grant for Double Exposure. [18] [19] The Wyncote Foundation, a left-of-center grantmaking organization that focuses on promoting environmentalism and public journalism, gave 100Reporters a $10,000 in 2019. [20]

100Reporters has also received support from organizations including Transparency International, the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, Tegna, George Folk Grants for Investigative Reporting, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. [21]

People

Diana Jean Schemo is a co-founder of 100Reporters. She is an author who worked for the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun for more than 25 years. Philip Shenon, the other co-founder of 100Reporters, is an investigative reporter and author based in Washington, D.C. who worked for the New York Times from 1981 to 2008. [22]

References

  1. “100Reporters.” News for Good. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.newsforgood.org/organizations/100reporters. ^
  2. “Grants All.” Ford Foundation. Accessed May 2, 2021. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=&SearchText=wellstone&page=NaN&minyear=2006&maxyear=2018. ^
  3. “100Reporters.” MacArthur Foundation – MacArthur Foundation. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.macfound.org/grantee/100reporters-46344/. ^
  4. “About 100Reporters.” 100Reporters. Last modified February 6, 2020. https://100r.org/about/. ^
  5. “The Ford Foundation.” City Vision University | Online Library. Accessed May 2, 2021. https://library.cityvision.edu/orgs/ford-foundation. ^
  6. “Grants All.” Ford Foundation. Accessed May 2, 2021. https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/grants-database/grants-all?search=&SearchText=wellstone&page=NaN&minyear=2006&maxyear=2018. ^
  7. “All Categories.” 100Reporters. Last modified April 21, 2021. https://100r.org/section/all-categories/. ^
  8. “The Reporters.” 100Reporters. Last modified April 7, 2020. https://100r.org/about/the-reporters/. ^
  9. Hayden, Sally. “Whistleblowers: U.N. Refugee Agency Does Not Protect Us or Address Corruption.” 100Reporters. Last modified April 6, 2019. https://100r.org/2019/04/asylum-for-sale-ghost-investigations/. ^
  10. Elizabeth, Abena, Elizabeth Vicens, and Jonathan S. Kolodner. “FOIA Disclosure of Federal Compliance Documents?” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance. Last modified July 19, 2018. https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2018/07/19/foia-disclosure-of-federal-compliance-documents/. ^
  11. Elizabeth, Abena, Elizabeth Vicens, and Jonathan S. Kolodner. “FOIA Disclosure of Federal Compliance Documents?” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance. Last modified July 19, 2018. https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2018/07/19/foia-disclosure-of-federal-compliance-documents/. ^
  12. Verma, Simren. “Reporters Committee Clients Sue U.S. State Department over FOIA Non-compliance.” The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Last modified June 26, 2019. https://www.rcfp.org/state-department-fails-comply-foia/. ^
  13. “100Reporters.” News for Good. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.newsforgood.org/organizations/100reporters. ^
  14. “About 100Reporters.” 100Reporters. Last modified February 6, 2020. https://100r.org/about/. ^
  15. “Donors.” 100Reporters. Last modified December 2, 2020. https://100r.org/donors/. ^
  16. “100Reporters.” MacArthur Foundation – MacArthur Foundation. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.macfound.org/grantee/100reporters-46344/. ^
  17. “Grants Awarded 2020 | Park Foundation.” Park Foundation: Higher Education, Media, Environment, Animal Welfare, Sustainable Ithaca, Community Needs. Last modified February 13, 2020. https://parkfoundation.org/grants-awarded/. ^
  18. “2020 Investigative Journalism Grantees.” R&DLF Home. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.loganfdn.org/Resources/2020%20Investigative%20Journalism_09012020.pdf. ^
  19. “Our Approach.” R&DLF Home. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.loganfdn.org/ourapproach.html. ^
  20. “Grants Listing.” Wyncote Foundation. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://www.wyncotefoundation.org/grants-listing. ^
  21. “Friends & Partners.” 100Reporters. Last modified February 6, 2020. https://100r.org/about/partners/. ^
  22. “Our Founders.” 100Reporters. Last modified December 2, 2015. https://100r.org/about/our-founders-2/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 2013

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2018 Dec Form 990 $532,498 $476,902 $123,580 $81,197 N $483,529 $48,969 $0 $76,867 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $394,161 $400,032 $89,475 $101,994 N $333,426 $60,735 $0 $36,934 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $355,291 $418,167 $42,175 $48,823 N $328,811 $19,235 $0 $62,951 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $415,750 $567,397 $60,180 $7,350 N $383,177 $26,388 $0 $89,737 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $299,386 $248,850 $199,471 $1,650 N $294,436 $400 $0 $72,596 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $221,790 $138,603 $154,082 $0 N $212,500 $9,290 $0 $40,500 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $125,735 $68,295 $233,224 $1,650 N $122,785 $2,950 $0 $20,813 PDF

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