Our supporters

openDemocracy.net is published by openDemocracy Limited, a UK-registered company (#03855274).

We are extremely grateful for the generous support of foundations, editorial partners and individuals. See below for a list of our supporters and partners covering the period 2020.

The support we receive through the generosity of ordinary readers is really important to us. Please consider supporting us to help openDemocracy survive and grow.

You can support openDemocracy with charitable grants and gifts to the openDemocracy programme of openTrust, a UK-registered charity (#1086404).

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Financial highlights

In 2021 we received £2.96m in income

Revenue in 2021

And we spent £3.02m

Expenditure in 2021

Who funded us in 2021

Foundations that gave us grants

Oak Foundation: $1,000,000 over 36 months for journalism exposing the backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights, influencing laws, policies and public opinion; and to increase the capacity of women and LGBTIQ journalists working in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Eurasia.

Luminate: $650,000 over 24 months for investigative journalism that promotes democratic debate; to build and deepen openDemocracy’s impact on strengthening civic society and defending civil and human rights; to increase openDemocracy’s readership and promote wider engagement.

Open Society Foundations: $600,000 over 24 months to support openDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash project.

openTrust, supported by Foundation for a Just Society: $200,000 over 12 months to support openDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash project.

openTrust, supported by Partners for a New Economy: £150,000 over 24 months to support openDemocracy’s ourEconomy project.

openTrust, supported by Ford Foundation: $110,000 over 12 months to expand coverage of the Venezuelan crisis by openDemocracy’s democraciaAbierta project.

Humanity United: $200,000 over 24 months to support openDemocracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery project.

Open Society Foundations: $160,000 over 24 months to support openDemocracy’s oDR project.

openTrust, supported by Lund Trust: £50,000 over 9 months to support openDemocracy’s oDR project.

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust: £65,199 over 12 months to support openDemocracy’s work on the use (and abuse) of extraordinary COVID-19 powers by governments and corporations.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: £57,316 over 12 months to strengthen the right to information and demand more transparent and accountable governance.

Neo Philanthropy, supported by Wallace Global Fund: $50,000 over 12 months to develop openDemocracy’s Documenting the Resistance initiative.

openTrust, supported by David and Elaine Potter Foundation: £40,000 over 12 months for openDemocracy’s core functions.

openTrust, supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund: $45,000 over 12 months for openDemocracy’s core functions.

Robert Gavron Charitable Trust: £25,000 for general support.

Open Society Foundations: $25,000 over seven months to enrich public awareness and debate around the climate crisis and constitutional reforms in Chile by openDemocracy’s democraciaAbierta project.

Robert Gavron Charitable Trust: £25,000 for general support.

The Network for Social Change: £19,192 over 18 months for work on government accountability and transparency.

Fritt Ord: £10,000 over 12 months to support openDemocracy’s oDR project.

The Social Change Nest: £5,000 over six months to develop media assets on lobbying of the UK government by the oil and gas industry.

Fritt Ord: £8,487 over 12 months to support openDemocracy’s North Africa, West Asia project.

Editorial partnerships

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University, as a partner in our Migration Futures project: $20,000 over 12 months.

Common Action Forum, to cover elections and fake news, with a particular emphasis on Brazil’s presidential elections in 2022: €6,000 over 6 months.

BRaVE (Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism and Polarisation) and GREASE (Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion: European and Asian Perspectives), European University Institute, as a partner in our Global Extremes project: €10,000 over 10 months.

Maastricht University, participating in the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Information Project ‘Spreading and Relating EU Affairs Beyond the EU Institutions’ (RELAY), as a partner in our Technology and Democracy project: €3,500 for a flexible period.

Individuals and their foundations who gave us £5,000 or more each

  • Charles Chadwyck-Healey
  • Cobalt Trust
  • David Elstein
  • The Hauser-Raspe Foundation
  • Hollick Family Foundation
  • Kate Gavron
  • Laura Kinsella Foundation
  • Tinsley Charitable Trust

Individuals who gave us less than £5,000 each

These supporters generously gave us £485,512 in total.


For details of our supporters for 2012-20, please follow this link

You can also find our accounts on the Companies House website

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