Capital City Fund For Investigative Journalism



SpotlightDC adheres to the Institute for Nonprofit News’ standards and guidelines for Editorial Independence & Transparency

SpotlightDC operates on a lean system designed to put charitable funding directly in the hands of working journalists. In our startup phase, our cost of operations covers insurance and stipends for staff but no salaries or rent, under a proposed first-year budget of $160,000.

For our list of funders, click here:

For the IRS 501 (c) (3) charitable determination, please click here.

Our most recent Form 1099 can be found here.

For our Certificate of Incorporation from the District of Columbia, please click here.


SpotlightDC accepts anonymous contributions of any amount. Each contribution above $10,000 is subject to review on a case-by-case basis by the Board to ensure:

  • That it would not give the contributing person or organization any influence on awards or investigative projects supported by SpotlightDC.
  • That the donor did not expect any control over the awarding of the funds, except in cases where funding is earmarked for a certain subject area, for example, public education or public safety.
  • That any public disclosure of the source of the funds would not undermine SpotlightDC’s journalistic integrity.


Here’s the SpotlightDC Bylaw Amendment on conflict of interest:  

New Section 3.11 is hereby added to the Bylaws of the Corporation to read as follows:

3.11. Editorial Matters.  In any case where the Board of Directors is making a decision on an editorial matter in which a Director has a material personal, political or commercial interest, such Director will recuse him/herself from the discussion and vote on such editorial matter.