InsideClimate News is a Pulitzer Prize-winning non-profit, non-partisan news organization that provides essential reporting and analysis on climate, energy and the environment for the public and decision makers. We serve as watchdogs of government, industry and advocacy groups and hold them accountable for their policies and actions. Already one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.
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Started in 2007 as a blog by its two founders, our start-up was incubated by Public Interest Projects, which served as our fiscal sponsor until 2014. InsideClimate News is now a not-for-profit incorporated in the state of New York and a 501 C3 tax exempt organization operating with IRS approval as a public charity. It is governed by a Board of Directors and guided by best practices of non-profit management.
We are supported primarily by grants for general support from charitable foundations and also tax deductible donations from our readers. An independent audit of our 2018 fiscal year determined that 84% of our budget was used for program-related expenses -- to pay staff and contributors to report, write, illustrate and edit articles, for travel, as well as for web development. The rest was divided almost evenly between fundraising and management expenses.
Donors who support our award-winning environmental journalism do not have access to our editorial process or decision-making. Our legal name is Lost Light Projects Inc (dba InsideClimate News). Our EIN is 56-2451141. We operate as a public charity under an advanced ruling from the IRS.
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