- As of July 1, 2013, all applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $50.
- INN will acknowledge receipt of an application within one week.
- INN's management team or Membership Committee will review each pending application within two weeks, decide whether INN needs more information, and then recommend approval or rejection to the board within one month of beginning the process. This ensures a turnaround time of six weeks except in special situations or where further information is requested and pending from the applicant.
- Upon recommendation by the Membership Standards Committee and upon receiving full board approval, the applicant organization will be notified and asked to sign the standard INN membership agreement. If the committee rejects an application, it must do so in writing stating which of the membership standards it believes in its best judgment are not currently being met by the applicant.
- Upon receiving said notification in writing, the applicant may submit an appeal in writing to the full board including any further documentation supporting its position of qualification. If the board rejects a committee-approved applicant, then the applicant may also submit an appeal in writing. The full board’s vote is final and the board is not obliged to provide any reason or documentation of how it arrived at its decision. An applicant may submit a new application no sooner than one year after receiving notification of the board vote.
- Once an applicant has been approved, INN must receive a signed copy of the membership agreement and the appropriate dues payment for the applicant to be considered a member of the Network and entitled to all related membership benefits and privileges.
- All INN member organizations that have previously been accepted into the Network prior to the publishing of these standards and/or binding membership agreement are expected to sign the same membership agreement to continue to remain a member of the Network in good standing. Failure to submit an executed membership agreement will result in revocation of membership privileges.
- INN reserves the rights to amend, change, edit and make additions to both the membership standards and/or binding membership agreement at any time providing it provides prior notification of at least 30 days to the member organizations.
Beginning July 1, 2013, INN will institute dues for members as provided for in Section 4 of the membership agreement.
INN's board unanimously voted to approve dues covering the period between July 1, 2013 — June 30, 2014 at its annual meeting in January 2013. Dues cover, in part, the cost of network communications, an overhead cost that is not covered by any project grants.
Rates for membership will be based on each member project’s annual budget. All member organizations will need to supply to INN their most recent board-approved project budget, or provide a link to the most recent 990. The dues structure is as follows:
|Budget||Less Than $50,000||$50,000 - $249,999||$250,000 - $499,999||More Than $500,000|
Any organization that believes that they should not have to pay, or cannot pay based upon demonstrable financial hardship, may submit a waiver request in writing to INN CEO Kevin Davis.
An organization that fails to make payment or submit a waiver request by the due date will be considered “out of good standing,” and will be ineligible to participate in INN membership programs until a mutual understanding can be reached.
In addition to dues, INN will institute a $50 membership-application fee for all new applicants beginning July 1, 2013.
Members can pay their dues by check, mailed to:Investigative News Network
17514 Ventura Blvd. #103
Encino, CA 91316
Or pay through Paypal. See the table above to determine your dues amount.