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 but not mentioned in our mission, such as 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.
Charitable foundations account for the majority of Public Knowledge’s annual revenue. The remainder of support comes from corporate and individual donations, including 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 10 percent of its annual budget to ensure that no funders can attempt to assert undue influence on Public Knowledge.
2023 Annual Giving From Major Supporters & Sponsors*
Duck Duck Go
The Walt Disney Company
Chamber of Progress
Covington & Burling
Glen Echo Group
Jim Thompson and Lisa Macpherson
Sportsfan Coalition Inc
Blair Levin & Patty Friedman
Benton Institute for Broadband and Society
Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP
Gary Slaiman & Suzanne Spaulding
Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright
Jenner & Block
Lam Abrams Family
MLC Strategies LLC
Steptoe & Johnson
The Responsible Online Commerce Coalition (ROCC)
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
John T. Gasparini
Keith M. Wine
*Additionally, we were supported by hundreds of individual donors during this period of time.
*This list does not include donors who requested to remain anonymous or donations from the Sherwin Lee Siy Memorial Fund.