Local investigative journalism exposes injustice, fights corruption and rights wrongs.

The Seattle Times Investigative Journalism Fund, an initiative with Seattle Foundation, is collaborating with community funders and personal champions of the free press to ensure the future of local investigative journalism and protect and expand the ambitious, rigorously reported work that has a direct impact on our community.

Our goal is to build one of the largest local investigative teams in the nation to increase our ability to engage the public, call for accountability, and explore solutions to make a difference for the people of our region. Join us in supporting this important work.

“It's about holding powerful people accountable and it's about saving lives.”

Executive editor, The Seattle Times

Help ensure the future of investigative journalism in your local community.

Investigative reporting is the most essential journalism a news staff can do – and the most expensive. Support the Investigative Journalism Fund and protect the future of investigative journalism that has a direct impact on your local community.

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Donations to The Seattle Times Investigative Journalism Fund through Seattle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. No goods or services are received in exchange for donations.

Changing lives and public policy

Seattle Times investigative journalism changes lives and public policy and has resulted in action at the highest levels of government. We have an established track record of digging deep to tackle urgent community issues head-on, surface viable solutions and create change that has a direct impact on our community. Seattle Times investigations have saved local lives from dangerous painkillers, protected vulnerable seniors from abuse, made airplanes safer, exposed double-booked surgeries at a local hospital and expedited FDA changes to help prevent birth defects, to name a few.

The Seattle Times difference

The Seattle Times is proud to be one of the few remaining independent, locally owned news media organizations in the U.S.; the most-visited digital information source in the state and the second-largest newspaper on the West Coast. A trusted local institution since 1896, The Seattle Times remains deeply rooted in public service and committed to serving the Northwest with principled, quality journalism. Rigorously reported, in-depth investigations have helped earn The Seattle Times 10 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization in the Northwest.

Thank you to our donors

Community support for public service journalism sends the message that a free press matters. Donor contributions help sustain and ensure the future of investigative journalism that has a direct impact on our shared community. Donor lists are updated monthly and include pledges to be distributed over multi-year periods. Thank you for your support.


Bernier McCaw Foundation

Jon and Bobbe Bridge

Connell Donor Fund

Kemper Development

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Charles and Yvonne Pigott

Raikes Foundation

Jim and Jan Sinegal

Bradford Smith


Tom Alberg and Judi Beck

Andre and Sally Alfred

Howard Behar

Tim and Joleen Burgess

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Elliott D. Barnett

Gail Mason Brilling and Steve Brilling

Richard Buck and Susan Pelton

Steve and Georgene Camp

Ian and Renee Colle

Charles Collins

Columbia Modern Living

Imelda and John Dulcich

Erin Farquhar and Kristi Waite

Mark Gitenstein

Sharon and Gary Greenwood

Carl R. Haglund

The KLEO Foundation

In honor of: Local Journalism

Elizabeth Martin

Chris and BJ Ohlweiler

Danny O'Neil and Sharon Pian Chan

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Neil Aaland and Jody Ferguson

Julie Adams

Cindy Aden

Ben Adlin

James Allison

Joaquin Alvarado

Jean Amick

In memory of: June Anderson Almquist

Jim Avery

Ann and John Backman

Mike Baker

Putnam Barber

Graeme & Cathryn Blake

Jacqui Banaszynski

Putnam Barber

Susan Barrows

Bartlett/Walker Charitable Fund

Loren Bast

Elena A. Bianco

Cindy Black

Robert and Connie Blair

Graeme and Cathryn Blake

Robert and Georgia Bohm

Ann Boyd

Myles Brady

Eric Richard Bronson

Edward Broyles

In honor of: Heidi Bullinga

Bob and Carolyn Burnham

Thomas J. Caldarola, M.D.

Janet Callis

Eugene Carlson

Dave Carlstrom

Linda Chapman


Randy Collins

Molly Connelly

The Cooper/Kroon Family

Lynette Cronin

M.F. Curtis

Barbara Daum

Fernando Diaz

Kim Drury

Wives Dixon

George Erb and Mavis Amundson

Eric and Lenor


In honor of: David Fahrenthold, Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, The Washington Post

David Fahrenthold, Seattle Times Intern Class of 1998

Henry Farber

Rollin Fatland

Steve Faust

Brian Feinstein

Jai Ferguson

Carolynn E. Ferris

Carol Finn

Will Fohrell

Mark Foltz

Thomas Fox

Dorothy Frisch

Jessica Fu

Marilee Fuller

Andy Fulton

Paul Gates

Jon Gelsey

Anne Gillies

Karan Goel

Lisa Graham

Stuart Grant Gerger

Harley Goldberg

Verena and Basil Grieco

Colleen Hardy

Anne C. Harper

Thom Harrington and Stewart Wong

Brad Harwood

In honor of Clayton Hay

Sonia Hearsey

Deena and Chris Heg

Daniel F. Heldring

Nancy E. Helm

Peter Hendrickson

Cathy Henkel

Anne Herbert

Pete Higgins

Jo and Dwayne Hinman

Mardie Holden

Mary Hollen

Connie Holloway

Carol A. Howe

Shaun Hubbard

Joan Hudson

Richard Huffman

David Huls

Lanita Hyatt

In memory of: The Issaquah Press

Kevin and Judith Jewell

Kathleen Barry Johnson and Mark Johnson

Calvin Jones

In honor of: Journalistic Integrity

In honor of: Journalists everywhere searching out the truth

K. Kirking

Brenda Knudson

Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Matt Kreamer

Christa and Laurie Kriesel-Roth

Diana L. Kruis

Jennifer K. Larsen

Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck

John Lindley

Jeffrey Litvak

In honor of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

In honor of: Brandon and Jo Masterson

Robert McClure and Sally Deneen

Stuart McFeely

Geoff McGhee

Jordan McKenna

Marilyn McKenna

Jeanne McKinnon

Mary H. McLaughlin

In honor of: Joe and Pat Messinger Family

Patty Michaud

Scott Miles

Paul Ming

In honor of: Douglas F. Moore

Gilbert Moore

Mike and Kathy Murray

Nectar Communications

Ann and Marshall Nelson

Barbara and David Nordfors

Okuno Consulting

Linda Oswald

David Paige

David and Allison Patton

Paul and Sara

Don and Lisa Percival

Virginia Pellegrino and Brad Huskinson

Kelly Priestley

Carol Pucci

David R. Randin

Susanna Ray and Patrick McNelly

Bob Raymond and Dorothy Downes

In honor of: Reporters

S.X. Rosenstock

Connie Saari

Andres Salomon

The Sanger Family

Lisa Sawyer

David Schaefer and Patricia Moriarty

The Schnautz Family

D. Scholes

Russell Sciandra

Lawrence and Barbara Sciortino

Taylor Seidel

Greg Shaw and Anna Mastroianni

Christina Shih

Barney Singer

Tyler Sipe

Nickolas Southerland

Eric and Arlene Spencer

Carla A. Stadler

Betsey Stahler

Susan Stearns

Lesley Sullivan

Susa Family

Anna Swenson

In honor of Tahlequah

Ryan Tansey

David and Glenda Tecklenburg

Daniele Terdina

Rachel Tougher

Margo Vansynghel and Cory Potts

Amy Waeschle

Janet Wainwright

Brady Walkinshaw

Rogers Weed

Karen Weise

A. Weydahl

Cathy Wissink

Chelsea Wolk

Celia Wu

Rebecca Wynsome

Zhangjianzhong (张建中)

Robi Zocher

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