Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization which aims to provide independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues. Since they were founded in 2001, they have anchored their work in principles of accuracy, transparency, and independence from corporate influence and partisan forces.
Truthout describes itself as a type of journalism in pursuit of justice. Truthout is dependent on its readers and donations from foundations who support their work. Donations from individual readers have accounted for an average 81 percent of their annual budget over a five-year period. Some of Truthout's main areas of focus are mass incarceration, social justice and climate change.