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IRE Radio Podcast | Navigating Nonprofits

Americans donate about $300 billion a year to charities, with about 30 percent of that taking place in December. But not all charities are good stewards of donated dollars. For our last podcast of 2014 we’re talking about how to investigate nonprofits and charities. Here’s the lineup:

  • Justin Elliott of ProPublica talks about investigating the American Red Cross’ Superstorm Sandy relief efforts
  • Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic explains how he exposed major problems with the nonprofits running the Fiesta Bowl

You can find and download previous podcast episodes on iTunes or our Soundcloud page.

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IRE Preview: Sign up for INN Day

For the past four years, INN and IRE have worked together to create a conference program specifically tailored to the needs and issues facing nonprofit investigative newsrooms. This year, on Thursday, June 26th in San Francisco, we will offer a day filled with opportunities, workshops and idea sharing designed to provide the maximum value to nonprofit news organizations and the executives charged with leading them.

As in prior years, INN has funds set aside for a limited number of travel fellowships in order for representatives of member organizations who otherwise could not afford so to attend INN day and the ...

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Watch now: Google Hangout with Charles Lewis

Tune in to IRE's Google Hangout with Charles Lewis, an accomplished investigative reporter, producer and bestselling author who founded the non-profit investigative journalism group the Center for Public Integrity. Charles Lewis answered questions about campaign finance investigations, the future of nonprofit journalism and authoring investigative books.

If you have questions about Google Hangouts, please visit Google's information page. You can view previous IRE Hangouts, via our Online Training page.

Behind the Story: Maine pharmacists get licenses despite history of drug abuse

Would you feel safe if your pharmacist had lost his license because of drug abuse or theft, yet had regained it and was dispensing your prescriptions? What about if he had lost his license twice?

Naomi Schalit and John Christie of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting found that since 2003, thirteen pharmacists with histories of drug abuse in Maine were allowed to practice despite having previously lost their licenses. The discovery was part of a broad examination of Maine’s Board of Pharmacy discipline records that resulted in a two-part series published in September. The project was led ...

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Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to remain at University of Wisconsin-Madison location

Andy Hall, of the Wisconsin CEnter for Investigative Journalism, addresses IRE members at the 2013 Awards Luncheon on June 22 in San Antonio. Photo by Travis Hartman

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal report that Gov. Scott Walker has decided to veto a budget measure that would have forced the nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism out of its location at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

That decision follows an attempt by Wisconsin lawmakers that would have prevented the center from occupying any facilities owned or leased by the university. It also would have prevented any employee of ...

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In the name of charity: Investigating nonprofits

By Gwen Girsdansky

Investigating a nonprofit often boils down to checking whether it is keeping its promises.

What was the original mission statement when the nonprofit submitted its required tax form (known as the 990) to the Internal Revenue Service? Kendall Taggart from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Kris Hundley from the Tampa Bay Times, who recently reported the project “America’s Worst Charities”, said that some of the best nonprofit stories show how an organization hasn’t folloiwed through on its mission.

Beyond tax forms, other helpful practices include keeping track of press releases, emails and letters from ...

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CIR, Tampa Bay Times join IRE in live discussion about America's Worst Charities

A joint investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Tampa Bay Times and CNN identified America's 50 worst charities -- organizations that plead for financial support and lie to donors about where their money goes, taking multiple salaries and secretly paying themselves or their friends through consulting fees and fundraising contracts.

Reporters Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart spent more than a year reviewing documents and building a one-of-a-kind database of the country's worst charitable organizations.

Find out more about what they found and how they found it as they join IRE in a live Google Hangout tomorrow. Tune ...

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IRE Board of Directors calls for Wisconsin lawmakers to halt action against Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Since its launch four years ago, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has distinguished itself as a vital public-interest voice, producing original, hard-hitting reporting that has been published in more than 230 news outlets reaching more than 25 million people.

 It is an extraordinary accomplishment for a small, non-profit newsroom created to revitalize in-depth reporting in the state, enrich public debate and better inform citizens at a time when investigative reporting faces ever increasing economic challenges.

 A surprise move this week by the Wisconsin legislature to remove the Center from its offices at the University of Wisconsin and ban any ...

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Lawmakers take aim at home for Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which operates the WisconsinWatch.org website, faces a threat from the state legislature that could kick the nonprofit organization out of its home at the University of Wisconsin.

The center, a pioneering effort in regional nonprofit investigative reporting, is run by longtime IRE member Andy Hall, and has conducted more than 100 investigations since its founding. A committee of lawmakers voted early Wednesday to add "a provision to the state budget expelling the Center for Investigative Journalism from University of Wisconsin offices," according to a report on the Center's website.

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Behind the Story: Tax forms and FEC filings reveal nonprofit's political activity

Learning about sources of political spending can be “like unpacking a Russian nesting doll,” says Michael Beckel, a politics reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

Using tax filings as his primary source, Beckel investigated the third most politically-active nonprofit in 2012 as part of the Center for Public Integrity’s Consider the Source project.

 “In all, we examined records from the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Election Commission, Federal Communications Commission, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office and the California Secretary of State’s office,”  Beckel said. The tax documents contained information the FEC filings didn’t have ...

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