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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hummel Report?

The Hummel Report is a non-profit organization with an IRS approved 501(c)3 status. The mission of the Hummel Report is to expose waste and corruption in government to the people of Rhode Island and become the go-to source for news outlets of any medium across the state. And through the Rhode Island Spotlight, we strive to highlight and celebrate community heroes, both individuals and organizations that are making a significant, positive difference for fellow Rhode Islanders. 

What is unique about the Hummel Report and Rhode Island Spotlight?

The Hummel Report is a multimedia partnership that marks the first of its kind in Rhode Island, and perhaps the world. Each week, investigative report are distributed on WPRO radio (630-AM, 99.7-FM) and reprinted in Motif Magazine. Rhode Island Sptlight videos are replayed on RI PBS mulitple times per week. Online video and ongoing news updates will also be posted to the Hummel Report Web site at The Hummel Report also offers daily email and online news links from around the state. Further distinguishing the Hummel Report from other media outlets is its formation as a non-partisan, non-profit entity.

How is the Hummel Report funded?

The Hummel Report is funded by individual and corporate donors and foundation grants. The Hummel Report is a non-partisan, non-profit with an IRS 501(c)3 designation.

Donor Transparency Policy

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions. We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors.

We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content. We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year - listed on our Platinum Sponsor List on this webpage. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

May I take a tax deduction for my donations to the Rhode Island Spotlight?

Yes. As a project of the Hummel Report which has been approved by the IRS as a 501 (c)3 non-profit, your financial support is tax deductible. You may donate to the Hummel Report HERE..

For a copy of our most recent IRS 990 form, click here.

Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full 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.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.


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