iPost kicks off fundraising campaign

Want to double the value of your charitable donation? Investigative Post has a deal for you.

Donations of up to $1,000 made through the end of this year are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match under News Matcha national campaign to provide grassroots support for 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organizations like Investigative Post. 

Donors who contribute at least $100 are enrolled as Investigative Post members, entitling them to benefits that include free admission to most of our events, including a Dec. 4 panel discussion on challenges confronting the press in the face of hostility from the likes of Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo.

“We’re looking for the community to continue their support of our nonprofit newsroom, and News Match provides an added incentive,” said Jim Heaney, editor and executive director of Investigative Post.

Three national foundations are providing the matching funds, the Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the MacArthur Foundation.

Investigative Post has raised increasing amount of funds during its 5 1/2 years of operation, in part through its annual drive that starts in mid-November and runs through the end of the year. This year’s drive caps another year of award-winning journalism, with Investigative Post’s work cited for excellence in five journalism and other award competitions.

We received honors from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association in both the television and radio categories.

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In addition, Buffalo Spree magazine recognized our staff as the best print reporters in Western New York, citing our “intensively researched stories on vital topics.”

Investigative Post this year established a criminal justice beat and continued its reporting on environmental problems and waste and malfeasance in state administered economic development programs.

Notable stories include Charlotte Keith’s story about out-of-town entrepreneurs fleeing after receiving government grants, Daniela Porat’s piece on misconduct involving police units charged with combatting street crime, and Dan Telvock’s continuing reports on radioactive waste in Niagara County and lead poisoning in Buffalo’s inner-city.

Investigative Post distributes its work though its website and WGRZ, WBFO, The Public, The Capitol Pressroom and The Niagara Gazette.

“Syndication fees from our media partners cover a portion of our overhead, but we are largely reliant on contributions from the community to fund our work,” Heaney said. “These turbulent times underscore the need for independent, nonpartisan, fact-based reporting and I’m confident Western New Yorkers will continue to lend their support.”

Online donations can be made here. Checks can be made out to Investigative Post and mailed to 487 Main St., Suite 300, Buffalo, NY 14203.