Arnold Ventures’ core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.


InvestigateWest today announced that the nonprofit journalism organization has received a $180,000 grant from Houston-based venture philanthropy firm Arnold Ventures to forward their mission of local nonprofit journalism focused on environment, government accountability, and public health.

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Laura and John Arnold, founders and co-chairs of philanthropy firm Arnold Ventures

“This gift will allow us to increase our local reporting and double down on issues critical to this region,” says Allison Augustyn, InvestigateWest Executive Director. “Working with Arnold Ventures’ Jeff Cohen (formerly of the Houston Chronicle) and Karla Sainz was in itself a gift. Mr. Cohen and Ms. Sainz’s excellent observations and questions helped us articulate better than ever our vision for InvestigateWest’s contribution to independent journalism. It was a pleasure to share our strategic vision with people who appreciate the impact of local investigative and explanatory journalism.”

The grant is a two-year gift intended for general operating expenses. InvestigateWest will use the funds to engage additional editorial support, which will allow the non-profit to expand reporting beyond existing planned initiatives, including a new year-long story series, “Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia,” about halting climate change in the Pacific Northwest and Cascadia.

“This gift will allow us to increase our local reporting and double down on issues critical to this region,” says Allison Augustyn, InvestigateWest Executive Director.

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropic organization formed by Laura and John Arnold who also established the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in 2010. The mission of the organization is to improve lives through innovation to solve persistent problems in society by investing in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.

For more information about InvestigateWest, or how to donate to the organization’s mission, please call Allison at (206) 383-5936 or visit our donation page.


About InvestigateWest

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

About Arnold Ventures

Arnold Ventures is a team of more than 90 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C.  Guided by evidence-based policy, research, and advocacy, the organization works in four key issue areas: Criminal JusticeEducationHealth, and Public Finance