InvestigateWest announces $100k gift from local philanthropists

By October 22, 2020November 4th, 2021No Comments

InvestigateWest today announced that the organization has received a $100,000 gift from local philanthropists Lisa Mennet and Paul Joseph Brown to forward their mission of local nonprofit journalism focused on environment, government accountability, and public health.

“This is the single largest individual gift our organization has received and will make a tremendous impact on our ability to educate and engage our community through investigative journalism,” says Allison Augustyn, InvestigateWest Executive Director. “We are so incredibly grateful for Paul and Lisa’s passion for our work and our community.”

Augustyn says the donation will be used to increase local public interest reporting using new media, and to build an innovative community engagement model to better serve readers.

“Journalism and journalists are under attack in America as never before, but independent, unbiased journalists have demonstrated over and over again that journalism has a critical role in keeping governments and corporations accountable. InvestigateWest was founded to provide journalism in the public interest by reporting on a broad range of social issues, and has contributed to public awareness and advanced the public policy process,” says Paul Joseph Brown. “Lisa and I believe a well-informed public is the foundation of a healthy democracy. We believe in journalism, we believe in InvestigateWest, and we are thrilled to support the organization’s important mission.”

For more information about InvestigateWest, or how to donate to the organization’s mission, visit

About InvestigativeWest

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 2009, InvestigateWest engages Pacific Northwest citizens in critical social issues through our investigative and explanatory journalism. We focus on changemaking reporting on environment, government and corporate accountability, and public health.

FEATURED IMAGE: Lisa Mennet and Paul Joseph Brown