To advance and inform public discourse and citizen participation around the most pressing issues of our time through the support of independent journalism and journalistic projects at the Guardian.

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


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Michael Crocker



Humanity United has made two grants  of $800,000 to theguardian.org for reporting on modern day slavery (2016 - 2018 and 2019-2021).

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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 a two year grant of $340,000  to theguardian.org for reporting on US public lands (2017-2019).

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The Open Philanthropy Project made a two year grant of $886,600 to theguardian.org for reporting on factory farming and animal cruelty (2017-2019).

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theguardian.org has made two grants of $39,000 to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for reporting on on factory farming and animal cruelty (2018 and 2019).

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation made a six month grant of $250,000 (2018-2019) and a six month grant of $200,000 (2019) to theguardian.org for reporting on the connections between ocean conservation and climate change.

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Energy Foundation made a one year grant of $200,000 to theguardian.org to strengthen capacity for reporting on climate change, politics, and energy policy in the US.

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Political activity

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Conflict of interest

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Resource sharing with Guardian News & Media

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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
Open Philanthropy Project
Humanity United

Society of Environmental Journalists
Skoll Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Thomas A. Barron
Goldman Environmental Foundation

Juan M. Cordova Foundation
The Fledgling Fund
Abby Rockefeller

Dick and Diana Beattie
Andrew and Renee Choi Charitable Fund
Austin and Lauren Fite Foundation
Jewish Communal Fund
Pick Family Foundation
Pittman Family Foundation
Theodore Roosevelt IV
Vivian Schiller & Phil Frank
Zipporah Schefrin
Vanguard Charitable
Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation

Carlyle and Margot Maw Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Lenny Mendonca
Rose Foundation for Communities & the Environment
Todd Vogel & Karen Hust

2016 Audited Financial Statements
2016 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy
2017 Audited Financial Statements
2017 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy