Transparency statement

Spotlight PA is a nonpartisan, independent newsroom paid for by grants from foundations and donations from individuals committed to robust investigative reporting. Now more than ever, the health of our state and democracy depends on strong accountability journalism. Our newsroom provides the time and resources necessary to do investigative work that drives change.

Spotlight PA editors and reporters operate independently of our funders and maintain editorial control over all of the content they produce. Funders do not have input into the selection of which stories Spotlight PA pursues or the reporting process for those stories. Funders do not review any content before publication or have any special access to reporters or newsroom leadership. In short, we answer to you, the public.

All money for Spotlight PA is donated to the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which serves as an extra buffer between our investigative newsroom and our funders. As part of our gift acceptance policy, and consistent with our promise to be fully transparent, we do not accept anonymous donations.

The Philadelphia Inquirer provides in-kind fiscal, legal and administrative support for Spotlight PA employees. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and PennLive/Patriot-News each provide a reporter including salary and benefits. Continuing fundraising is intended to cover Spotlight PA’s entire annual budget, including all in-kind contributions, making it a fully self-sustaining and independent organization.

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Major Donors

Laura and John Arnold
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
The Erie Community Foundation
Good Words Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Henry L. Hillman Foundation
Lancaster Community Foundation
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
The Philadelphia Foundation
The Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust
The Steinman Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
York County Community Foundation

Founding Donors

  • Jodi Abel
  • Nell McCormack Abom
  • Richard Abraham
  • Gail Alu
  • Helen Andrews
  • Oscar Armas-Luy
  • Stephen Artman
  • David Ashton
  • Susan Auchincloss
  • David Auel
  • Kathleen Baker
  • Whitney Baldwin
  • Chris Bastress
  • Christopher Baxter
  • Mark Bazrod
  • Barry Bedrick
  • Ron Beitler
  • Sigal Ben
  • L.J. Bernard
  • Rita Bernstein & Alan Zuckerman
  • Robert Joseph Biller
  • David Bohanick
  • Jeffrey L. Braff
  • Gay Brown
  • Lisa Budwig
  • J.L. Byrne & C.M. Hersh
  • Joseph L. Carbo
  • Mireille Carigi
  • Nicholas Carosella
  • Ashleigh Graf Casassa
  • Marguerite Chandler
  • Frank Cicchiello
  • Dr. Dane S. Claussen
  • John & Joy Burt Conti
  • Laurel Costa
  • Brett Cott
  • Chris Coyle
  • Karen Crosby
  • Mike Del Vacchio
  • Fran DeMillion
  • Barry DeSantis
  • Earl Drumheiser
  • Stephen Duncan
  • E. Eckerle
  • Liam Elder-Connors
  • Dianne Elderkin
  • Joseph Elias
  • Mary Erdman
  • E. Margaret Eshleman
  • Russ Eshleman
  • C. Fairchild
  • J. Fauls
  • B. Faulstick
  • Adelaide Ferguson & Ronald Cahan
  • Ezra Fishman & Nicola Brodie
  • Thomas Flocco
  • Barbara Forbes-Rhouni
  • Leroy Forney
  • Ryan Froman
  • Isla Fruchter
  • Greg Fullam
  • Anthony Gabriel
  • Barbara Geistwhite
  • Denise Gmerek
  • Tamara Goldman
  • Ralf Rundgren Graves
  • John F. Graybill
  • Mark Gudalis
  • Frank Hadden
  • Robert Haines
  • B.A. Hamilton
  • Don Hannum
  • Kevin M. Hepler, MD
  • Grace E. Herstine
  • Clint Heverly
  • Bob Hoover
  • Louise Horan
  • Avram Hornik
  • Kristen Houser
  • Stephen R. Hughes
  • Sharon Hyde
  • Annette E. Inker
  • Evelyn Ishmael
  • Arlene Jarett
  • Eric Jurgensen
  • Peter Johnstone
  • Carol Jones
  • Karen M. Kaplan & Aaron M. Shatzman
  • P. Katze
  • Jane Kauer & David Fleece
  • Paul Keller
  • Alan Kennedy
  • Cathy King
  • Frank Kirkwood
  • Harold G. Kohn
  • Steven Kuloszewski
  • Kathryn Labrum, Esq.
  • J. Lai
  • John Lambert
  • B. Lauridsen & G. Harke
  • Lora Lavin
  • Jamie Lemon & Steve Cline
  • Stephen J. Lipnichan
  • Sue Livio
  • David Loomis
  • Daniel Lynch
  • Matt Lyon
  • James J. Maguire
  • Lelah Marie
  • Arlene Martinez
  • William H. Maruca
  • Claudia C. McGill
  • Michele McGovern
  • K. Melton
  • Keith G. Melville
  • Jules J. Mermelstein
  • Myles Miller
  • Larry Miller
  • Lee Mooney
  • Ryan Morden
  • P.F. Moyer
  • Toni Moyer
  • Kenneth R. Nealon
  • M. Noel
  • Marty O’Brien
  • Ellen Ormond
  • Dennis Owens
  • Ronald Ozio
  • Leanora Paniccia
  • Lydia Pecker
  • Amy L. Perez
  • Rick Piper
  • Laura Powers
  • John Rhoades
  • Ralph Riedel
  • Eric Riese
  • Edward T. Rodgers
  • David R. Ross
  • Robert Ruff Jr.
  • Edwin Rund
  • Gary Ryan
  • Benedict X. Saia
  • C. Sarnoski
  • Robert & Judith Schachner
  • Pat Sellers
  • Kimberley Shore
  • Barry Shutt
  • Claudia H. Siegel
  • Josh Singer
  • Lucas Smolcic Larson
  • Michael Sperger
  • Anthony Spisto
  • Christopher Spratt
  • John Stenger
  • Harriet Stone
  • Thomas Stone
  • Freda Tepfer
  • R. Thomas
  • Irene Tierney
  • M. Tillger
  • Karen Hale Toth
  • Walter C. Uhler
  • Joseph C. Vignola
  • Fred Vodde
  • Hannah Walsh
  • Karen Weaver
  • Koert Wehberg, Esq.
  • Rhonda White
  • Talia Wiener
  • Richard Williams
  • George Wolff
  • Margaret Wren
  • Francis Wynne
  • Tracy Yeomans
  • Jerry Young
  • Sherley Young
  • Matt Zencey
  • Gerald Zubkoff