Center for Public Integrity (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Barbara Schecter
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Public Integrity
  • Address:910 17th Street, NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20006
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2024661300
  • Main fax:2024661102

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:910 17th Street, NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20006
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:2024811217
  • Other fax:2024661102

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Center is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable. Its vision is to be an investigative journalism organization that is a fearlessly independent watchdog, producing and distributing innovative, high-impact, definitive digital and print reports to engage the public consciousness.

    The Center aims to have a major impact by exposing breaches of the public trust and serving as a catalyst for change by engaging, educating, and galvanizing its audiences in ways that will create greater accountability. Audiences the Center seeks to reach through its work are: citizens; journalists; issue-specific constituents (think-tanks, academics, interest groups); elected officials; and policy makers.

    To pursue its mission and vision and to serve as a catalyst for action, the Center:
    • Generates high-quality, accessible investigative reports, databases, and contextual analyses on a range of issues.
    • Disseminates work to journalists, policymakers, scholars, and citizens using a combination of digital, electronic, and print media.
    • Educates, engages, and empowers citizens with tools and skills they need to hold governments and institutions accountable.
    • Organizes and supports investigative journalists around the world who apply the Center’s goals and standards to cross-border projects.

  • History:
  • The Center has become firmly established as an institutional presence in Washington and nationally. By building upon and perpetuating its hard-earned reputation for credible public service journalism, the Center aims to steadily increase its impact on public policy debates.

    Since its inception, the Center has produced more than 400 investigative reports and 17 books. It has received the prestigious George Polk Award and more than 20 other national journalism awards and 16 finalist nominations from a wide range of organizations, including PEN USA and Investigative Reporters and Editors. The National Press Foundation has given the Center its online award for 2007 saying our work represents “the future of journalism.” Among several other awards, the strongest affirmation came with a special citation from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for the body of the Center’s investigative work:

    “The Center for Public Integrity has emerged as a muscular, reliable and tough-minded resource for the kind of investigative public-interest journalism that the Goldsmith Awards encourages,” said Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center. “The judges of this year’s awards wanted to send a signal that the Center's work is extremely important to journalism and to democracy.”

    But the Center’s impact extends far beyond its numerous awards. The results of the Center’s investigations, data analysis, reports, and books have and continue to be the underlying foundation for congressional testimony, media coverage, public debate, legislation, and rules of ethics and behavior for public servants.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:15
  • Staff size:24

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Geneva Overholser, Missouri School of Journalism, Board Chair
    Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, Freelance Writer, Vice Chair
    Bruce Finzen, Attorney, Secretary/Treasurer
    William E. Buzenberg, Executive Director, Center for Public Integrity
    Hodding Carter III, Professor, University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill
    Alan Dworsky, Independent Investment Manager
    Charles Eisendrath, Director, Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship Program at the Universiity of Michigan
    Joannie Fischer, Freelance Journalist
    Bill Kovach, Chairman, Committee of Concerned Journalists
    Susan Loewenberg, Producing Director, L.A. Theatre Works
    Bevis Longstreth (ex officio), Partner (ret.), Debevois & Plimpton
    Paula Madison, President & General Manager, NBC4 (Los Angeles) & NBC Telemundo (Los Angeles)
    John E. Newman, Jr., President, The John and Florence Newman Foundation
    Michele Norris, Host, All Things Considered
    Allen Pusey, Writer/Managing Editor, ABA Journal
    Sree Srinivasan, Dean of Students, Columbia University School of Journalism

  • Executive Director / President:
  • William E. Buzenberg, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Alan Green, Editor of Investigative Projects
    David Kaplan, Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:54-1512177

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:541512177
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CENT
  • Organization Address:910 17TH STREET NW FLOOR 7
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20006-2601
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):124
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Study and research (nonscientific)
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:W20H
  • Asset Amount:$6,041,303
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$5,658,231
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$5,076,178
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 12:00:59 pm

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