InsideClimate News has been selected as one of three nonprofits to receive funding in December from CREDO, an American phone services company that donates up to $200,000 each month to worthy groups.
How much of the funding ICN receives is up for a vote: yours. You can visit the CREDO donations page, sign in and vote for which organization you’d like to see receive more of the money. Along with ICN, this month’s recipients are Doctors Without Borders, an organization that provides medical care in war-torn countries, and ReThink, which provides media resources to help activist organizations.
The money would fund InsideClimate News’ objective and nonpartisan journalism as we cover the vital issues of climate change, the environment and energy. In 2015, we launched the investigative series, Exxon: The Road Not Taken, to reveal that the world’s largest oil company had been researching climate change since the late 1970s and grasped the role that fossil fuels were playing in warming the globe. The series details that research, and the company’s decision in subsequent decades to distance itself from science and instead fund the climate denial movement.
In 2013, we won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for The Dilbit Disaster, a series of stories on the complication of a million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil that had largely gone unreported.
ICN’s work is funded by tax-deductible donations from individuals as well as major foundations. In 2014, 87 percent of all money donated went directly to pay for our journalists and their work.
CREDO chose ICN this month in support of our mission. Since 1985, CREDO said it has donated more than $80 million to organizations like ours. In 2014 alone, the total was more than $2 million.