Sources of Funding for Public Knowledge
Public Knowledge receives financial support for its mission from a wide array of sources, to ensure that its funding remains diversified and its mission independent. Funding sources include some supporters who may disagree with our positions on various policies, as well as charitable foundation grants and general support contributions from generous individuals and companies.
However, there are some values that are core to Public Knowledge’s work, such as free speech and expression, equity for traditionally marginalized individuals and groups, and the importance of democratic institutions that preserve free expression and equal justice. Public Knowledge factors these values into its decisions on accepting support.
Foundation support accounts for around two-thirds of Public Knowledge’s budget, and grantors include the Ford Foundation, the Omidyar Network, the Open Society Foundations, the Nielsen Foundation, the Kahle-Austin Foundation, the Media Democracy Fund/New Venture Fund, the Knight Foundation, Voqal, the Democracy Fund, Economic Security Project, and the Reis Foundation.
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 around 10 percent of its annual budget to ensure that no funders can attempt to assert undue influence on Public Knowledge.
(IP3 Donations or General Support Donations)
Sirius XM + Pandora
ISOC (Internet Society)
Writer’s Guild of America-West
Carol Pinchefsky & Peter Wainright
Glen Echo Group
Harris Wiltshire & Grannis
Levine, Blaszek, Block & Boothby
Best Best & Krieger
Covington & Burling LLP
Communications Workers of America
Kelley Drye & Warren
News Media Alliance
Sports Fans Coalition
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Additionally, we were supported by hundreds of individual donors during this period of time.