FIRE operates as a nonprofit project of IRE, but raises its own funding. It has relied on contributions from individual donors, support from the Ford Foundation, and a current two-year grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. FIRE also has a partnership with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to provide legal services for freelancers who receive FIRE services.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) is a program to help freelance investigative journalists from diverse backgrounds to produce investigations in the public interest, mainly by providing direct reporting services for individual investigative freelancers.
FIRE exclusively serves freelance investigative journalists—those who are not formally or materially attached to any newsroom, news site, or outlet. If you are affiliated with an outlet, you are eligible for FIRE services only if the story you are working on will be placed outside your affiliated outlet.