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The development of openDemocracy has been funded by the generosity of almost 100 trusts, foundations and individuals since 2001. In addition, openDemocracy also raises revenue from editorial partnerships (see below).

To see a comprehensive overview of openDemocracy's accounts for 2016, please read our annual accounts.

openDemocracy's independent Sections raise their own funding in parallel to the funding of the Main Site and contribute to our core running costs via the platform fee (see below).

openDemocracy receives support from the Open Trust, a registered UK charity (number 1086404). The Trust has no direct stake in openDemocracy but conducts regular oversight to be sure that oD is operating in conformity with the Trust's charitable purpose.

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Our supporters

We are extremely grateful for the generous support of foundations, editorial partners and individuals for both the Main Site and the Sections. See below for a list of our supporters and editorial partners covering the period 2016-2017.

Grant Funding 2016-2017

£1000 - £5,000

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (50.50)

Politics & Economics Research Trust (openDemocracy UK)

The Open University (Main Site)

UCL European Institute (openDemocracy UK / Can Europe Make It?)

University of Essex (openDemocracy UK)

University of Leeds (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery)

University of Nottingham (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery)

University of Warwick (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery) 

£5,000 - £10,000

Avaaz Foundation (openDemocracy UK)

European Cultural Foundation (Can Europe Make It?)

Heinrich Boll Stiftung (Can Europe Make It?)

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (ourNHS)

Laura Kinsella Foundation (ourNHS)

Mulberry Trust (NAWA)

Network for Social Change (ourNHS)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Main Site)

The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust (openDemocracy UK)

University of Bristol (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery)

£10,000 - £15,000

Open Society Foundations (Main Site)

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation (openDemocracy UK)

University of Sheffield (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery)

£15,000 - £20,000

Fritt Ord Foundation (NAWA)

The David & Elaine Potter Foundation (Main Site - Website Project)

The David & Elaine Potter Foundation (openDemocracy UK)

£20,000 - £25,000

Future of Russia Foundation (oDR)

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (openDemocracy UK)

Robert Bosch Stiftung (Can Europe Make It?)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (NAWA)

The Roddick Foundation (Shine A Light)

£30,000 - £40,000

Democracy & Media Foundation (Main Site - openMedia)

Friends Provident Charitable Foundation (openDemocracy UK)

Hidden Leaf Foundation (Transformation)

£40,000 - £60,000

Ford Foundation (50.50)

NoVo Foundation (Transformation)

£60,000 - £80,000

Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in England (Main Site - Civil Society Futures)

National Endowment for Democracy (NAWA)

Oak Foundation (50.50)

Open Society Foundations (Main Site - Website Project)

The David & Elaine Potter Foundation (Main Site)

£80,000 - £100,000

Adessium Foundation (Main Site - openMedia)

Bertha Foundation (Shine A Light)

Ford Foundation (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery)


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (oDR)

Open Society Foundations (democraciaAbierta)

Open Society Foundations (Main Site)

Open Society Foundations (oDR)


Partnerships 2016 - 2017

openDemocracy Main Site:

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) & International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) (Main Site - 'Social Protest', July 2017 - Dec 2017)

Goldsmiths, University of London (Main Site - 'Human Rights and the Internet', April 2016 - present)

London School of Economics and Political Science (Main Site - 'The Politics of Plunder East & West', May 2016 - August 2016)

United Nations University-GCM (Main Site - 'Cities of Welcome / Cities of Transit', May 2016 - July 2016)

United Nations University-GCM (Main Site - 'Mediterranean Journeys of Hope', April 2016 - March 2017)

University College London, European Institute (Main Site - 'Brexit divisions', January 2016 - December 2016)

Westminster Foundation For Democracy (Main Site - 'Shaping democractic parliaments', January 2016 - January 2017)

World Forum for Democracy 2016 (Main Site - 'Education and Democracy', September 2016 - March 2017)

World Forum for Democracy 2017 (Main Site - 'Populism', July 2017 -December 2017)

openDemocracy Sections:

AWID & Mama Cash (oD 50.50 - 'Advancing Women's Rights in Media',

July 2017 - October 2017)"

Barcelona Institute of Global Health (democraciaAbierta - 'Global Health in Latin America')

European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery - Trafficko project)

Fundacion Avina (democraciaAbierta - 'Democratizar el poder: voces desde la praxis en América Latina', August 2017 - October 2017)

Goldsmiths, University of London (openDemocracy UK)

Insitut Barcelona D'Estudis Internacionals (democraciaAbierta - 'Development in the Face of Global Inequalities', May 2017)

Kings College London (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery)

Leigh Day Solicitors (openJustice, September 2016 - August 2017)

Royal Holloway University of London (oD 50.50 - 'Migration and the Humanities', October 2016 - September 2017)

Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Beyond Trafficking & Slavery - 'Shadows of Slavery')

University of Minnesota (openGlobalRights, ongoing)

Individual Donors 

Anne Lapping; Alex Graham; Carl Djerassi; Charles Ann Cotton; Charles Chadwyck-Healey; Clare Enders; Clive and Sue Hollick; Costas Carras; David Elstein; David and Elaine Potter; Dennis Stevenson; Diego Hidalgo; Ed Ross; Greg Dyke; Heidi Bergemann; Hermann Hauser; Jeremy Fox; Jeremy Hardie; Jo Stanislaw; John Jackson; John Mills; Judith Herrin; Kate Gavron; Mark Oliver; Nelly Munthe; Alec Reed, Pamela Raspe; Reinhard Hesse; Tore Engebretsen


To see details of our grant funding for 2012-2015, please follow this link

To see details of our editorial partnerships for this period, please follow this link. 

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