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, and the Media Democracy Fund/New Venture 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 if they wish through the IP3 Awards event materials. 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.

2015 IP3 or General Support Donations

Platinum Level/$25,000+
AT&T, Bloomberg, Charter Communications, Consumer Technology Association, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Earthlink, Google, Level 3, Microsoft, Netflix, One America News Network, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA


Gold Level/$10,000+
BGR Group, eBay, Glen Echo Group, Glover Park Group, Health Forum, Neustar, Pandora, TiVo, Twitter, Viamedia, Windstream, and Writer’s Guild of America, West


Silver Level/$5,000+
American Cable Association, INCOMPAS, Mozilla, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and Uber


Bronze/$2,500+ or Friends/$250+ Level
More than two dozen companies and individuals contributed at these levels.

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