The Fund was founded in 1997 by the partners of the whistleblower and qui tam law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto due to the tremendous need to find attorneys to represent whistleblowers and also to provide representation to the National Whistleblower Center as the NWC battled to increase legal protections for whistleblowers.
Since 1997, the Fund has sponsored a whistleblower legal assistance program for whistleblowers, attempting to locate private sector attorneys to provide representation to whistleblowers. This program is free of charge for all whistleblowers and has connected hundreds of whistleblowers with attorneys. The Fund has never charged a fee to whistleblowers for these services. The Fund accepts intakes from government and private sector whistleblowers and reviews cases concerning retaliation, discrimination, qui tam, and lawsuits filed under the Whistleblower Protection Act (federal employees), Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Act (corporate employees), among numerous other federal and state laws.
In addition to these programs, the Fund provided legal representation to the National Whistleblower Center. This representation has primarily consisted of filing amicus curiae (“Friend of the Court”) briefs on behalf of the National Whistleblower Center on significant precedent-setting cases.
The Fund also co-founded the educational and advocacy website www.whistleblowers.org, the primary public education resource of the Fund and the National Whistleblower Center. The Fund also founded the Whistleblower Protection Blog at whistleblowersblog.org. This blog became the online newspaper Whistleblower Network News in 2020.