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Alice Rhee
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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); $1,500,000 (2021-2022); and $850,000 (2023-2024).

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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) and the following grant for reporting on oceans: $200,000 (2021-2023).

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Open Philanthropy has made the following grants to theguardian.org for reporting on factory farming and animal cruelty: $886,600 (2017-2019); $900,000 (2019-2021); and $450,000 (2021-2022).

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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); $250,000 (2021-2022); and $600,000 (2022-2024).

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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 three grants to theguardian.org for reporting on gun violence in California: $250,000 (2018-2020); $50,000 (2020-2021); and $700,000 (2021-2024).

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Park Foundation has made the following unrestricted grants to theguardian.org: $125,000 (2018); $150,000 (2020); $200,000 (2021); $150,000 (2022); and a grant of $150,000 to support reporting on US voting rights (2019).

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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); $500,000 (2020-2021); $500,000 (2021-2022); and $500,000 (2022-2023).

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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);  $300,000 (2021); $300,000 (2022); and $300,000 (2023).

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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); $500,000 (2020-2021), $500,000 (2021-2022), and $250,000 (2022-2023) for reporting on climate justice; $125,000 for reporting on inequality and COVID-19 (2021); and $400,000 for reporting on vaccine equity (2022-2023); and $250,000 (2022-2023) for reporting on climate justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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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 supported theguardian.org with a grant of $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 to theguardian.org for reporting on water access issues in the US (2020-2021).

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Arcadia made a grant of $900,000 to theguardian.org to support Age of Extinction (2021-2024).

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The McPike-Zima Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to theguardian.org to support Seascape (2022).

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Helmsley Charitable Trust has made a grant of $1,500,000 to theguardian.org to support reporting on non-communicable diseases in the developing world (2021-2023).

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2016 Audited Financial Statements
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2017 Audited Financial Statements
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2018 Audited Financial Statements
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2019 Audited Financial Statements
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2020 Audited Financial Statements
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2021 Audited Financial Statements
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