Sources of Funding for Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge receives financial support for its mission from a wide array of sources, and ensures that its funding remains diversified and its mission independent. Funding sources include charitable foundation grants and general support contributions, including funds raised through Public Knowledge’s annual IP3 Awards event. 

Foundation support accounts for between half and two thirds of Public Knowledge’s budget, and grantors include the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Kahle-Austin Foundation, Media Democracy Fund/New Venture Fund, Nielsen, Porticus, Skowronski Family Foundation, The BGR Foundation, Tides Foundation, and the Voqal Fund.

The remainder of support comes from companies and individuals through donations or sponsorship of the IP3 Awards. Public Knowledge recognizes individual donors and companies through the IP3 Awards event materials if they wish. Public Knowledge limits contributions from any single corporation to five to ten percent of its budget to ensure that no funders can attempt to assert undue influence on Public Knowledge. The organizations and individuals below each gave at the listed level for at least one year between 2015 and 2017.

2015-17 IP3 or General Support Donations

Platinum Level/$25,000+

AT&T, Amazon Corporate LLC, Bloomberg LP, Charter Communications, Consumer Technology Association, DirecTV, Dish Network. Earthlink, Facebook, Google Inc., Herring Networks, Level 3 Communications, Microsoft, National Association of Broadcasters, Netflix, Pandora, Sprint, T-Mobile, TiVo Corporation

Gold Level/$10,000+

American Hospital Association, CSC Holdings Inc., EBAY, Forscey PLLC, Glen Echo Group Inc., Ligado Networks, Mozilla, Neustar, Rovi, Starz Entertainment LLC, Thornton Law Firm LLP, Time Warner Cable, Twitter, Verizon, Viacom, Viamedia, Inc., Windstream Corporation, Writers Guild of America, Yelp Foundation

Silver Level/$5,000+

AARP, American Cable Association, BTIG LLC., Carol Pinchefsky, Expedia, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Golden Frog, INCOMPAS, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP, Liberman Broadcasting, NCTA, Paul Gallant, Perry Bayliss, Spotify, Starry Inc., The Joseph Group, UBER, Univision

Bronze/$2,500+ or Friends/$250+ Level

Over 25 organizations or individuals contributed at the Bronze level and more than 80 contributed at the Friends level between 2015 - 2017. 

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