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To further this mission we:


journalistic projects that critically inform the public.


events and disseminate information about freedom of expression and freedom of the press.


and support projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of independent news organizations to reach broad, diverse audiences and create sustainable business models.

To amplify and accelerate the impact of this work, theguardian.org will identify projects where it can partner across a range of organizations including academic institutions, other charitable organizations, non-profit media, and NGOs


Asha Curran

Alice Rhee
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Vivian Schiller
Board Member

Lois Quam
Board Member
Cedric Brown
Board Member

Rachel White

Michael Crocker

Victoria Collins
Board Secretary



Humanity United has made the following grants to theguardian.org for reporting on modern day slavery, exploitation and human rights: $800,000 (2016-2018); $800,000 (2019-2021); and $1,500,000 (2021-2022).

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation made a one year grant  of $250,000 to theguardian.org for reporting on early childhood development (2017-2018).

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Skoll Foundation made a four month grant of $100,000 to theguardian.org for climate change reporting (2017) and a six month grant of $220,000 for reporting on solutions and social innovation (2018).

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Society of Environmental Journalists made the following grants to theguardian.org for reporting on public lands: $340,000 (2017-2019); $140,000 (2019-2020); and $120,000 (2020-2021).

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The Open Philanthropy Project has made the following grants to theguardian.org for reporting on factory farming and animal cruelty: $886,600 (2017-2019) and $900,000 (2019-2021).

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation made the following grants to theguardian.org for reporting on the connections between ocean conservation and climate change: $250,000 (2018-2019); $200,000 (2019); $300,000 (2019-2020); and $250,000 (2021-2022). 

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Energy Foundation has made the following grants to theguardian.org to strengthen capacity for reporting on climate change, politics, and energy policy in the US: $200,000 (2018-2019); $250,000 (2019-2020) and $75,000 (2020-2021).

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California Wellness Foundation has made two grants to theguardian.org for reporting on gun violence in California: $250,000 (2018-2020) and $50,000 (2020-2021).

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Park Foundation has made the following grants to theguardian.org: unrestricted grant of $125,000 (2018); a grant of $150,000 to support reporting on US voting rights (2019); and unrestricted grant of $150,000 (2020).

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The 11th Hour Project has made the following grants to theguardian.org for environmental justice and food insecurity reporting: $250,000 (2019-2020) and $500,000 (2020-2021).

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The BAND Foundation has the following grants to theguardian.org to support expanded reporting on biodiversity loss: $500,000 (2019-2020) and $300,000 (2021).

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The Wyss Foundation has made the following grants to theguardian.org to support reporting on global extinction and biodiversity loss: $500,000 (2019-2020) and $200,000 (2021).

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Aga Khan Foundation made a grant of £38,000 to theguardian.org for reporting on girls education in Afghanistan.

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Open Society Foundations provided the following support to theguardian.org: $250,000 for reporting on gender inequality in the US (2019-2020); $250,000 for reporting on climate justice (2021); and $125,000 for reporting on inequality and COVID-19 (2021).

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made a grant of $175,000 to theguardian.org to support a workshop and research project on philanthropic support for journalism (2019-2021).

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Oak Foundation has funded theguardian.org with $600,000 for two years to support the Age of Extinction reporting project.

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Water Foundation made a grant of $30,000 for reporting on water access issues in the US (2020-2021).

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Our Funding

We are grateful to the following organizations and individuals who have supported theguardian.org and our mission.

$500,000 and above
BAND Foundation
Humanity United
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Open Philanthropy Project
Schumann Media Center
Wyss Foundation

11th Hour Project
California Wellness Foundation
Energy Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Park Foundation
Skoll Foundation
Society of Environmental Journalists
Open Society Foundations

Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Aga Khan Foundation
Thomas A. Barron
BMO Charitable Fund Program, National Philanthropic Trust
Juan M. Cordova Foundation
The Fledgling Fund
Goldman Environmental Foundation
Kaiser Family Foundation
Mai Family Foundation
RSF Social Finance
Broad Reach Fund, Maine Community Foundation
Tides Foundation

Abby Rockefeller
The Clements Foundation
Jewish Communal Fund

Dick and Diana Beattie
Benevity/American Online Giving Foundation
Andrew and Renee Choi Charitable Fund
Austin and Lauren Fite Foundation
Community Foundation Boulder County
Fidelity Charitable
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Lenny Mendonca
Pick Family Foundation
Pittman Family Foundation
Rose Foundation for Communities & the Environment
Theodore Roosevelt IV
Vivian Schiller & Phil Frank
Zipporah Schefrin
Schwab Charitable
Vanguard Charitable
Dragonfly Fund, Impact Assets
Todd Vogel & Karen Hust
Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation

Carlyle and Margot Maw Foundation
Houston Jewish Community Foundation
IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Fund
UBS Donor Advised Fund

2016 Audited Financial Statements
2016 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy

2017 Audited Financial Statements
2017 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy

2018 Audited Financial Statements
2018 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy

2019 Audited Financial Statements
2019 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy