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.
Foundation support accounts for around two-thirds of Public Knowledge’s budget. The remainder of support comes from companies and individuals through donations and 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.
You may find 2021 funding sources here.
2022 Annual Giving From Major Supporters & Sponsors*
Cy Pres Award
Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web
Duck Duck Go
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Bernard & Audrey Rappaport Foundation
Instructional Telecommunications Foundation (IFT)
National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Writers Guild of America West
Covington & Burling
Glen Echo Group
Jim Thompson and Lisa Macpherson
Sportsfan Coalition Inc
Blair Levin & Patty Friedman
Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright
Lam Abrams Family
MLC Strategies LLC
Mike Forscey Household
Steptoe & Johnson
Wilkinson Barker Knauer
*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 Memorial Fund.