Jennifer Leonard Scholarship

Provides assistance to the IRE Conference, June 23-26, 2022.

Established by IRE member David Cay Johnston to honor his wife, Jennifer Leonard, the president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and a national leader in promoting ethical standards for endowments.

In the early 1980s, Leonard exposed how corporations blackballed various charities in 16 cities. She tried to get the newspapers in these towns to pay attention, but only two followed up on her article for a little magazine called The Grantsmanship Center News.

Leonard also wrote what may be the first published list of how grantors should apply the Golden Rule to grant seekers. Later, hoping to stir better coverage of nonprofits and their role in the quality of communities, she and her husband co–wrote a piece for the Columbia Journalism Review on how to cover nonprofits as hard news. The couple also wrote exposés of charities and Hollywood films that sold lies as truth.

Opportunity offered by:

Investigative Reporters & Editors

The mission of Investigative Reporters and Editors is to foster excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential to a free society. IRE accomplishes this by: Providing training, resources and a…
Opportunity type


Location(s) where available

United States (all)

Areas of focus

Data Journalism
Investigative Journalism

Application deadline:
April 3, 2023
This is a recurring opportunity