Donate to: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting





Any new donations, or donations from lapsed donors, count toward a $20,000 match from the Maine Center’s largest funder, the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Donate now to support this campaign. Every penny build capacity and sustainability for accountability journalism in the Pine Tree State.

Newsfunders summary for the prospective donor

We at Newsfunders had the chance to visit the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting a few years ago in their small office in the basement of the Maine statehouse in Augusta. Naomi Schalit, one of the Maine Center’s founders, conducted the tour, and recalled a time when there were 20 full-time reporters in the statehouse press wing, representing a wide variety of newspapers and news agencies.

Today there are just five full-time reporters left, and the Maine Center has become a critical bastion for statewide accountability reporting. Investigative journalism is hard, but the Pine Tree Watchdog is the real thing, working out of a tiny office with a minimal staff, and piles of talent and commitment.

See below for details on their reporting achievements, their media partners, and their guiding philosophy.

Coverage examples:

Media Partners:

Your support of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting doesn’t just benefit one single nonprofit news agency. Their reporting is shared with more than two dozen media partners statewide, including:

  • Sun Journal
  • Bangor Daily News
  • Times Record
  • Journal Tribune
  • Portsmouth Herald
  • The Ellsworth American
  • Mt. Desert Islander
  • The Forecaster
  • American Journal
  • Lakes Region Weekly
  • Sun Chronicle
  • The Reporter
  • Lincoln County News
  • York Weekly
  • York County Coast Star
  • St. John Valley Times
  • Boothbay Register
  • Fiddlehead Focus
  • Courier-Gazette
  • Camden Herald
  • The Republican Journal
  • Portland Press Herald
  • Morning Sentinel
  • Kennebec Journal
  • PenBay Pilot

Links to Donate and About pages:

Follow or subscribe to the Pine Tree Watchdog, publication of the Maine Center for Investigative Reporting:

Nonprofit & financial status:

      • 501c3 organization, Tax ID 27-2623867
      • 2014 Budget: $194,265


Vision: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting will fulfill the responsibility of a free press in the American democracy by looking beneath the surface of Maine government and writing clearly and without fear or favor about what it discovers.

Mission: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting will keep citizens informed about their government and their public servants through high-quality, independent investigative reporting that is published by media outlets across the state.

In recent years, most newspaper and broadcast news outlets in Maine have reduced newsroom staffs through layoffs, early retirements and attrition. One of the first victims is in-depth journalism — stories which often take one or more reporters “off the street” for weeks or even months.

Serious coverage of the electoral and legislative process has also suffered. In Maine, statehouse coverage has declined from about 20 year-round reporters in 1989 to 10 in 1999 to the current five.



Donate to: The San Francisco Public Press

Organizational details for prospective donors.


Donation and About pages:

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  • Twitter
  • Newsletter

Organizational summary:

The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit, public-interest news organization with a noncommercial mission statement to “to enrich civic life in San Francisco by delivering public-interest journalism to broad and diverse audiences through print and interactive media not supported by advertising.”

They publish a quarterly, four-color, ad-free print newspaper, and a website with daily and weekly news-blog updates.

They also produce a issues-focused public programs — such as the Hack the Housing Crisis conference — and engage in wide-ranging content partnerships through with SF Bay Area news organizations, including KALW, KQED, Bay Nature, El Tecolote, the Commonwealth Club and others.

The San Francisco Public Press spends most of its budget on paying freelance writers, and on publishing, marketing, promoting and distributing their content. Editors mostly work on a volunteer basis.

News coverage:

The San Francisco Public Press publishes deep-dive, locally attuned reporting on public interest issues, a focus that often puts them out ahead of the pack with award-winning coverage, including:

Financial information:

Newsfunders provides access to the most recent, publicly available financial documents and details. 

  • 2013 Expenses Budget: $64,160
  • 2013 IRS Form 990
  • Institutional funders include: The San Francisco Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and others.
  • The Public Press also has an ambitious membership program with several hundred members paying $35 for an annual subscription and other benefits.

Read more about the San Francisco Public Press on Newsfunders.