Non-profit

Center for Investigative Reporting

Website:

revealnews.org/

Location:

EMERYVILLE, CA

Tax ID:

94-2434026

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $8,386,066
Expenses: $11,342,233
Assets: $6,439,476

Type:

Investigative Reporting

Formation:

1977

Executive Director:

Robert Rosenthal

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is a left-of-center investigative journalism non-profit that operates Reveal News. The organization focuses mostly on political corruption, and is funded by many left-of-center grantmaking nonprofits, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Tides Foundation.

CIR’s website address redirects to the Reveal News website.

History

The Center for Investigative Reporting was founded in 1977 by journalists Lowell Bergman, Dan Noyes, and David Weir in downtown Oakland, California. Throughout the next 40 years, CIR engaged in a wide range of muckraking-style journalism, writing stories on the decline of the Black Panther Party, illegal sales of pesticides by American companies, nuclear weapons testing, and alleged spying by the FBI on political enemies of President Ronald Reagan. CIR reports have appeared on National Public Radio, on “Frontline,” in the Washington Post, and at other prominent news outlets. [1]

Major Stories

The Center for Investigative Reporting’s major stories in 2021 included an exploration of allegedly dangerous working conditions in Amazon warehouses, alleged abuses in immigrant detention facilities, and a look into the U.S. government’s evacuation of American personnel stationed in Afghanistan. [2]

In 2020, CIR’s major stories focused on state and federal government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including California’s deconstruction of medical capacity reserves established under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and inequalities in the distribution of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, as well as stories on alleged racism in reproductive healthcare, allegations of sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the use of unpaid labor in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. [3]

Planet Aid Lawsuit

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, in 2016, Reveal News began publishing stories about Planet Aid, a non-profit that has received funding from the U.S. government to provide charitable services in Africa, over potential fraud and bribery. CIR claimed that its reporting and a BBC radio documentary based on it led the British government to stop funding a subcontractor of Planet Aid in Malawi. [4]

Months after the stories were published, Planet Aid sued CIR for libel in the United States. CIR ceased publishing new stories on Planet Aid, but in November 2019, the organization published an article describing what it called the “frivolous” lawsuit and accusing Planet Aid of attempting to bankrupt CIR and suppress its reporting. [5]

In March 2021, Planet Aid’s lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge. [6] In 2022, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal. [7]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center for Investigative Reporting is dedicated to upholding left-of-center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles within its organization. In 2018, CIR redoubled its diversity efforts with a plan that included appointing two non-white female board members, hiring or promoting five non-white editors or managers, launching DEI discussion groups, and providing implicit bias training sessions. [8]

Since at least 2016, CIR has prioritized the hiring of non-white employees, leading to an increase in non-white employees from 25% in 2015 to 37% in 2020. Reveal’s Diversity Report 2020 stated that 60% of new hires were non-white or non-Asian, and 73% of new hires were female. [9]

In 2020, CIR released a “diversity report” which revealed the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation breakdown of its employees and managers. The report also surveyed employees on which social class they identified with (e.g., “working class”), and whether they grew up with “class privilege.” [10]

Funding

The Center for Investigative Reporting is funded by numerous left-of-center grantmaking nonprofits including Arnold Ventures, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
Catherine Hawkins Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Democracy Fund, Elizabeth R. and William J. Patterson Foundation, Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, FThree Foundation, Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Gruber Family Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Hellman Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Park Foundation, Reva and David Logan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, San Simeon Fund, Tides Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. [11]

References

  1. “Our History.” CIR Online. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://web.archive.org/web/20161022093139/http://cironline.org/about/cir-history. ^
  2. “2021 Annual Impact Report.” Reveal News. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Reveal-2021-Impact-Report.pdf. ^
  3. “2020 Reveal Highlights and Impact Report.” Reveal News. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/article/end-of-year-impact-report-2020/. ^
  4. Scharfenberg, Christa; Thompson, Matt. “Reveal has been fighting a lawsuit for three years. Now we’re speaking up about it.” Reveal News. November 5, 2019. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/press/reveal-has-been-fighting-a-lawsuit-for-three-years-now-were-speaking-up-about-it/. ^
  5. Scharfenberg, Christa; Thompson, Matt. “Reveal has been fighting a lawsuit for three years. Now we’re speaking up about it.” Reveal News. November 5, 2019. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/press/reveal-has-been-fighting-a-lawsuit-for-three-years-now-were-speaking-up-about-it/ ^
  6. Baranetsky, D. Victoria; Scharfenberg, Christa. “Federal judge dismissed Planet Aid’s lawsuit against Reveal.” Reveal News. March 29, 2021. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/press/federal-judge-dismisses-planet-aids-lawsuit-against-reveal/. ^
  7. “RCFP Supports Reveal’s Effort to Fend off Defamation Lawsuit.” The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Accessed August 23, 2022. https://www.rcfp.org/briefs-comments/planet-aid-inc-v-reveal/. ^
  8. “Diversity Report 2020.” Reveal News. 2020. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/reveal-diversity-report-2020/. ^
  9. “Diversity Report 2020.” Reveal News. 2020. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/reveal-diversity-report-2020/. ^
  10. “Diversity Report 2020.” Reveal News. 2020. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/reveal-diversity-report-2020/. ^
  11. “Funders and Finances.” Reveal News. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://revealnews.org/funders-and-finances/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 1978

  • 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
    2020 Dec Form 990 $8,386,066 $11,342,233 $6,439,476 $4,740,003 Y $7,178,326 $963,263 $36 $1,250,783 PDF
    2019 Dec Form 990 $9,385,119 $10,751,855 $8,322,400 $3,716,759 Y $8,943,251 $377,213 $-228 $728,279 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $8,672,994 $10,474,780 $8,951,141 $3,041,335 Y $8,396,811 $215,913 $-710 $650,983 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $13,561,450 $13,182,677 $8,620,384 $1,058,042 Y $13,354,109 $185,337 $-37 $848,984 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $10,133,430 $11,095,380 $7,933,541 $724,140 Y $9,935,847 $178,186 $280 $674,208
    2015 Dec Form 990 $13,899,520 $10,355,527 $9,106,005 $1,028,509 Y $13,330,101 $512,190 $10 $631,750 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $10,324,242 $10,175,465 $5,422,332 $677,277 Y $9,849,975 $439,861 $7,795 $676,181 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $7,680,552 $10,526,529 $5,586,928 $928,960 Y $7,232,248 $384,860 $27,199 $662,347 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $11,522,944 $8,793,150 $7,933,615 $469,730 Y $11,146,211 $320,265 $21,686 $573,417 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $5,696,275 $4,602,594 $5,042,107 $253,112 Y $5,403,245 $314,772 $-21,742 $250,500 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $2,399,624 $4,591,039 $3,955,563 $260,249 N $2,289,855 $103,899 $5,870 $300,442 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Center for Investigative Reporting

    1400 65TH ST STE 200
    EMERYVILLE, CA 94608-1020