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
  • Elizabeth Ann Allen
  • Gail Alu
  • Helen Andrews
  • Oscar Armas-Luy
  • Stephen Artman
  • David Ashton
  • Susan Auchincloss
  • David Auel
  • Kathleen Baker
  • Whitney Baldwin
  • John William Ball
  • Chris Bastress
  • Christopher Baxter
  • Mark Bazrod
  • Barry Bedrick
  • Dorothea Behr
  • Ron Beitler
  • Sigal Ben
  • L.J. Bernard
  • Rita Bernstein & Alan Zuckerman
  • Robert Joseph Biller
  • David Bohanick
  • Jeffrey L. Braff
  • D. Brooks
  • Gay Brown
  • James Brown
  • Lisa Budwig
  • T. Buehner
  • J.L. Byrne & C.M. Hersh
  • Stacey C. Cahn
  • Joseph L. Carbo
  • Mireille Carigi
  • Nicholas Carosella
  • Ashleigh Graf Casassa
  • Marguerite Chandler
  • Patrick Christmas
  • Frank Cicchiello
  • Dr. Dane S. Claussen
  • Jeff Cogshall
  • John & Joy Burt Conti
  • John M. Corcoran Esq.
  • J. Cordingley
  • Laurel Costa
  • Brett Cott
  • Chris Coyle
  • Lauren Cristella
  • Karen Crosby
  • Julie Daye
  • Connie & Terry Dellmuth
  • Mike Del Vacchio
  • Fran DeMillion
  • Barry DeSantis
  • Earl Drumheiser
  • Stephen Duncan
  • Edwin Dunckley
  • E. Eckerle
  • Liam Elder-Connors
  • Dianne Elderkin
  • Joseph Elias
  • Margaret Emery
  • Mary Erdman
  • Lisa Ernst
  • E. Margaret Eshleman
  • Russ Eshleman
  • Rosa & Alberto Esquenazi
  • C. Fairchild
  • J. Fauls
  • B. Faulstick
  • Adelaide Ferguson & Ronald Cahan
  • Ezra Fishman & Nicola Brodie
  • Thomas Flocco
  • Barbara Forbes-Rhouni
  • Leroy Forney
  • Susannah Frame
  • Kimberly Freeman
  • Gary French
  • Jim Friedlich & Melissa Stern
  • Ryan Froman
  • Isla Fruchter
  • Greg Fullam
  • Anthony Gabriel
  • John Gaynard
  • Barbara Geistwhite
  • Nicholas Giordano
  • Stephen M. Glynn
  • Denise Gmerek
  • Tamara Goldman
  • Ralf Rundgren Graves
  • John F. Graybill
  • Brent Groce
  • Mark Gudalis
  • Frank Hadden
  • Beverly Hahn
  • Robert Haines
  • David Hakes
  • B.A. Hamilton
  • Mimi Hanks-Bell
  • Don Hannum
  • T. Hechler
  • Kevin M. Hepler, MD
  • Grace E. Herstine
  • Clint Heverly
  • Bob Hoover
  • Louise Horan
  • Avram Hornik
  • Kristen Houser
  • Stephen R. Hughes
  • Irv Hurwitz
  • Sharon Hyde
  • Robert M. Hynosky
  • Annette E. Inker
  • Evelyn Ishmael
  • Stephen Ivey
  • Arlene Jarett
  • Eric Jurgensen
  • Peter Johnstone
  • Carol Jones
  • Denise Kalp
  • Rasesh Kapadia
  • Karen M. Kaplan & Aaron M. Shatzman
  • P. Katze
  • Jane Kauer & David Fleece
  • Paul Keller
  • Alan Kennedy
  • Diana Kerr
  • Cathy King
  • Frank Kirkwood
  • Harold G. Kohn
  • Nina B. Korsh
  • Diana Krantz
  • Ian Krantz
  • Kevin Kuhn
  • Steven Kuloszewski
  • Kathryn Labrum, Esq.
  • J. Lai
  • John Lambert
  • B. Lauridsen & G. Harke
  • Lora Lavin
  • Patricia Leach
  • Jamie Lemon & Steve Cline
  • Stephen J. Lipnichan
  • Sue Livio
  • Anne C. Loeffler
  • David Loomis
  • Janet M. Lorenz
  • Daniel Lynch
  • Matt Lyon
  • T. Machado
  • James J. Maguire
  • Ed Mahon
  • Lelah Marie
  • David Martens/The York Dispatch
  • Meg Martin & Peter Cox
  • Arlene Martinez
  • William H. Maruca
  • Claudia C. McGill
  • Michele McGovern
  • K. Melton
  • Keith G. Melville
  • Jules J. Mermelstein
  • Myles Miller
  • Larry Miller
  • Jennifer & Dave Mittereder
  • Lee Mooney
  • Ryan Morden
  • Bruce Morris & Colleen Gallagher
  • P.F. Moyer
  • Toni Moyer
  • Kenneth R. Nealon
  • James Neff
  • M. Noel
  • Marty O’Brien
  • Robert O'Donnell
  • Ellen Ormond
  • Dennis Owens
  • Ronald Ozio
  • William Paci
  • David & Roxanne Palmer
  • Leanora Paniccia
  • Lydia Pecker
  • Ann Pehle
  • Amy L. Perez
  • J. Persinger
  • Rick Piper
  • Laura Powers
  • Noah Price
  • Theresa M. Rang
  • Mark Raymond
  • John Rhoades
  • Ralph Riedel
  • Eric Riese
  • Edward T. Rodgers
  • Mary Catherine Roper
  • Tina Rosenberg
  • David R. Ross
  • Robert Ruff Jr.
  • Edwin Rund
  • Gary Ryan
  • Benedict X. Saia
  • Nicholas Sanders
  • C. Sarnoski
  • Robert & Judith Schachner
  • Leslie Schlessinger
  • Jennifer Schnore
  • Pat Sellers
  • Milton Shapiro
  • Kimberley Shore
  • Darrin Silbaugh
  • Barry Shutt
  • Claudia H. Siegel
  • Josh Singer
  • Lucas Smolcic Larson
  • Michael Sperger
  • Anthony Spisto
  • Christopher Spratt
  • John Stenger
  • Bob Stewart
  • Harriet Stone
  • Thomas Stone
  • Nicole Stranko
  • Sean P. Sullivan
  • Freda Tepfer
  • R. Thomas
  • Irene Tierney
  • M. Tillger
  • Charles Topper
  • Karen Hale Toth
  • Debbie Trudeau
  • Margaret Turcich
  • Walter C. Uhler
  • Joseph C. Vignola
  • Fred Vodde
  • Russ Walker
  • Hannah Walsh
  • Karen Weaver
  • Koert Wehberg, Esq.
  • Raymond Weinmann Jr.
  • Rhonda White
  • Talia Wiener
  • Richard Williams
  • A. Withrow
  • Deborah Wolfe
  • George Wolff
  • Margaret Wren
  • Francis Wynne
  • Tracy Yeomans
  • Jerry Young
  • Sherley Young
  • Matt Zencey
  • Gerald Zubkoff