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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; in 2015 this accounted for £42,000 of our income.

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In this chart we show the proportion of funding openDemocracy Main Site received from different sources during 2015:

Core costs income share


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 2012-2015.

Grant funding

£1,000 - £10,000

Heinrich Böll Foundation (oD50.50)

Jas Fund (Network For Social Change) (Arab Awakening)

Joukowsky Family Foundation (oD50.50)

Lipman-Miliband Trust (oD-UK)

Lush (oD-UK)

Marmot Trust (oD-UK)

Johnson Trust (Main Site Core Costs)

Robert Bosch Foundation (CanEuropeMakeIt?)

£10,000 - £15,000

Andrew Wainwright Trust (ourNHS)

The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust (oD-UK)

Betterworld (ourNHS)

Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University (oD50.50)

£15,000 - £20,000

Compton Foundation (Transformation)

Flora Family Foundation (Main Site Core Costs)

Fritt Ord (Arab Awakening)

Network for Social Change (Arab Awakening)

£20,000 - £25,000

Barrow Cadbury Trust (oD50.50)

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (Climate Unspun Project)

Mulberry Trust (Arab Awakening)

NOREF (openSecurity)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Main Site Core Costs)

£25,000 - £30,000

Eric Abraham Fund (oD-UK)

Hauser Raspe Foundation (Main Site Core Costs)

£30,000 - £40,000

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (Main Site Core Costs)

Foundation to Promote Open Society (Democracia Abierta)

Kallopeia Foundation (Transformation)

National Endowment for Democracy (Arab Awakening)

New Field Foundation ( oD50.50)

£40,000 - £60,000

Hidden Leaf Foundation (Transformation)

Tinsley Foundation (Main Site Core Costs, oD-UK)

NoVo Foundation (Transformation) 

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (oD50.50)

£60,000 - £80,000

Bertha Foundation (Main Site Core Costs, Shine A Light)

David and Elaine Potter Foundation (Main Site Core Costs, oD-UK)

Ford Foundation ( oD50.50)

Ford Foundation (openGlobalRights)

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (openSecurity, 50.50, Main Site Core Costs)

Roddick Foundation (Shine A Light)

Tedworth Charitable Trust (Main Site Core Costs, Exile Nation)

£80,000 - £100,000

HIVOS (oD50.50, Transformation)

Mott Foundation (oDR)

Oak Foundation (oD50.50)


Norwegian MFA (openSecurity)

Open Society Foundation (oDR)

Open Society Initiative for Europe (Main Site Core Costs)


Editorial partnerships

openDemocracy Main site:

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, Argentina ('The human cost of global drug policy, February-August 2016)

Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance ('Participation Now, Creating Publics', Open University, October 2012-May 2015)


International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (CivilResistance, May 2011-February 2016)


Kings College London (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, April 2014 - ongoing)

National Coalition for Independent Action ('Localisms')

The Open University ('Oecumene - citizenship after orientalism', October 2012-March 2014)

United Nations University-GCM ('Immigration, women and the city of Barcelona/Mediterranean journey of hope', June 2015 - ongoing)


University College, London ('Brexit Divisions', January-May 2016 and December 2016)


University of Bristol (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, 2014 - ongoing)


University of Cambridge ('Imagining Conspiracies': Suspect Science, September-November 2015 )

University of Minnesota (openGlobalRights, June 2013 - ongoing)

University of Nottingham (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, 2014 - ongoing)


University of Sheffield (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, 2014 - ongoing)


University of Warwick, Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament programme ('Political Aesthetics', October 2012-October 2013)


University of West England, Social Science in the City ('Europe the very idea')


Westminster Foundation for Democracy ('Parliaments and Democracy', 2016-17)

World Forum for Democracy ('Freedom and control in the surveillance age', September 2015-February 2016; 'Education and Democracy', September 2016-February 2017)


openDemocracy independent sections:

Avaaz Foundation (openDemocracyUK, April-May 2015)
Barcelona Institute for Global Health ('Public Health in Latin America', DemocraciaAbierta, 2015-2016)

CEELBAS (oDR, 2013-2015)


Goldsmiths College (openDemocracyUK, 'Liberalism in neoliberal times', July 2014 - July 2015)

Fundación ideas para la Paz, Colombia (DemocraciaAbierta, 2016-2017)


Fundación Foro del Sur, Argentina (DemocraciaAbierta, 2016-2017)

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis internacionals (DemocraciaAbierta, 2015-2017)

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

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