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.

2019/2020 Supporters
(IP3 Donations or General Support Donations)

$25,000+
AT&T
Amazon
Apple
Dish
DuckDuckGo
Facebook
Google
Ligado
Microsoft
Netflix
News Corp
Sirius XM + Pandora

$10,000+
Bloomberg
ISOC (Internet Society)
Sprint
Twitter
Univision
Verizon
Windstream
Writer’s Guild of America-West

$5,000+
AARP
Albert Kramer
Carol Pinchefsky & Peter Wainright
CenturyLink
Glen Echo Group
Harris Wiltshire & Grannis
Levine, Blaszek, Block & Boothby
Lumen
Mozilla
Perry Bayliss
Postmates
Sonos
Spotify
Starry
USTelecom

$3,000+
Blair Levin
Best Best & Krieger
Covington & Burling LLP
Crown Castle
Communications Workers of America
Dale Ardizzone
Gary Slaiman
Hogan Lovells
INCOMPAS
INSP
Jonathan Yorowsky
Kelley Drye & Warren
Paul Gallant
iFixIt
News Media Alliance
Raben Group
Sports Fans Coalition
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Twilio

Additionally, we were supported by hundreds of individual donors during this period of time.