Editorial Independence Policy

Climate Central subscribes to standards of editorial independence based on those adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.  We produce stories through partnerships with newspapers and digital and broadcast outlets and through these partnerships, we retain authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.  

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage.  We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

We will accept anonymous donations for journalism projects only if the donor acknowledges in writing that expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization pursuant to this policy.