Five reasons ICIJ isn’t an ordinary news organization

ICIJ just received a $1 million donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2018 Golden Globes. But, who are we?

ICIJ just received a $1 million donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

But what is ICIJ, and what do we do? Here are five important facts about ICIJ. And a couple of answers to questions we get asked a lot!

ICIJ is a small, but ambitious team

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalist, or ICIJ, is a nonprofit news organization focused on bringing accountability on a global scale. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our small team works with a network of more than 200 journalists and 100 media organizations across the the globe.

We work with hundreds of journalists worldwide

The journalists that ICIJ works with are either employed by ICIJ or they work for media partners elsewhere (such as the New York Times in the United States, The Guardian in the United Kingdom or Le Monde in France).

We collaborate with these journalists and create tools, and systems, to help them work together on global projects.

Want to know if we have partners in your country?

We write stories that cross borders and span continents

ICIJ works on global projects and stories that don’t stop at borders. Stories that one news organization, in one country, couldn’t do the same way. We write about internationally important issues including corruption, kleptocracy and the accountability of power.

We published the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers

ICIJ is best known for the Panama Papers, the largest leak of data to journalists in history, which exposed a system that enabled tax evasion, money laundering and other wrongdoing, using secretive offshore companies. It revealed the financial dealings of politicians and public officials around the world.

There’s never been a more important time to safeguard the truth by supporting investigative journalism.
Gerard Ryle, ICIJ director

We won many prizes for that investigation, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. It has also helped tax authorities recoup more than $500 million in unpaid taxes and penalties.

Our latest project was Paradise Papers – a follow up to the Panama Papers that revealed offshore interests and activities of more than 120 politicians and world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II, and 13 advisers, major donors and members of U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s administration. It was another massive leak that contained 13.4 million files.

We’re funded by donations

ICIJ is a nonprofit organization. We’re funded completely by donations – big and small – so without help from donors like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (big) and the $20, $100, $3,000 and larger checks we receive each week from individuals these stories would go untold.

We’re so grateful for the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – and all our other donors. We did not solicit the donation from the organization and were surprised and grateful when a representative notified us of their decision in in late December 2017.

Those questions: enquiring readers want to know

I’m a journalist – can I join?
Membership is by invitation only, but we’re always on the lookout for talented reporters to add to the network. If you’re an investigative journalist with a strong portfolio and an interest in international collaborations, email

I’d like to support ICIJ – but I don’t have $1 million!
ICIJ accepts donations of all sizes, and every donation makes a difference to the work we do. There are many ways to donate including:

  • Via PayPal
  • Using our online donation form
  • Via our Facebook page
  • Via email
  • Call (202) 800-0160 to donate directly over the phone.
  • Or mail a check to:
    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
    1710 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 11th floor
    Washington, DC 20036
    United States

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