Full Fact is a registered charity. We're funded by people like you, by charitable trusts, and by other funders. All the details are on this page.
Our running costs consist mostly of paying staff and renting office space in London. In 2016 these were about £600,000 and in 2017 we expect our costs to reach around £800,000. We have the usual overheads of a small organisation, from computer equipment and internet connections to doing our accounts. We are based in London so that we can meet with central government and major media outlets without the expense of constant travel. We'd like to thank everybody who donates and makes our work possible.
We have rigorous safeguards in place at every level of our organisation to ensure our neutrality. These have been carefully constructed based on advice from our board and examples ranging from Amnesty International to the BBC. They include the cross-party board, fundraising safeguards, a conflict of interests policy, restrictions on staff political activity, feedback processes, operating guidelines, external reviews, and more. Most importantly, they include carefully recruiting staff who are sensitive to these issues.
Ultimately, it is for our audience to judge for themselves whether we succeed - we would encourage readers to judge our individual factchecks and our body of work as a whole. We provide links to all sources so that you can check what we’ve said for yourself.
We work with a wide range of organisations such as Facebook, First Draft News and the International Fact-Checking Network to build and distribute educational tools to help people to make up their own minds about factchecking. These organisations do not contribute towards our editorial policy and do not influence who and what we factcheck.
We depend on individual donations and we would like to thank the thousands of people who have supported us. You can donate at fullfact.org/donate.
We are very grateful for the support of our readers, who donate thousands of pounds to Full Fact every month. We ran our first ever crowdfunding campaign to help us factcheck the 2015 general election, which raised a massive £33,000.
For the EU referendum, we ran a crowdfunding campaign, which raised £43,260 from 1,371 people. We have also received £61,727 of individual donations from members of 38 Degrees, whose members voted for 38 Degrees to stay neutral and support independent factchecking. Thank you all.
To help us factcheck the General Election 2017, we're running another crowdfunding campaign to raise £100,000. The Nuffield Foundation kindly awarded Full Fact £40,000 as part of their work to ensure that public debate is informed by ‘independent and rigorous evidence’. This generous donation took our crowdfunder to £80,000, with 12 days to go, only one fifth away from our target.
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust, whose aim is to improve social well-being through education, research and innovation. They do this by funding research and innovation in education and social policy, and building research capacity in science and social science.The Nuffield Foundation was one of the earliest funders of Full Fact and funded our 2015 Election Centre.
We ran an election project with First Draft monitoring and factchecking misinformation online. Facebook and Google each gave £75,000 to support Full Fact and First Draft's joint project.
You can help Full Fact grow, and check more facts, by donating.
We are also very grateful for the generous past and ongoing support of our Chairman, Hon. Michael Samuel, via the M J Samuel Charitable Trust, who has given £30,000 in 2016. Michael is also a trustee of the Peter Samuel Charitable Trust which gave us £10,000 in 2016.
All donations greater than £5,000 received in 2016 are listed here.
We are grateful for the support we receive from the following charitable trusts:
Our 2016 corporate supporters are listed below. To find out more about joining our membership scheme, and what Full Fact can offer your company, click here.
Each of our corporate supporters gave £5,000, with the exception of the City of London Corporation, who kindly give £20,000. In 2016, corporate donations added up to £50,000, or 8% of our budget of £627,000.
We host the Google News Lab Fellowship each summer and in 2016 Google provided a £6,400 stipend for us to support this scheme.
In 2016 we received £10,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council, with £10,000 more arriving in 2017, and £20,000 from the Office for National Statistics to set up the Need to Know project. We are also grateful for £5,000 of research support funding provided by the Centre for European Legal Studies, of the University of Cambridge.
This chart shows our income for the first quarter of 2017.
Our web hosting is very kindly provided by Bytemark Cloud Servers. We like Bytemark so much that we were paying for their services. Then Matthew Bloch, their Managing Director, saw us on BBC Question Time and emailed to say they would stop charging. It was a lovely message to receive, late at night after a hard evening’s work. Now they’re making it possible for us to run an ever larger and more complex site with no fuss and completely free.
Facebook have donated £50,000 worth of advertising credits to Full Fact for the 2017 election as part of their commitment to tackle False News. Facebook does not have any say in how we spend them.
Twitter have donated £5,000 worth of advertising credits to Full Fact for the 2017 election. They do not have any say in how we spend them.
We also benefit from a general Google Grants scheme for charities which provides $10,000 worth of Google advertising per month. They do not have any say in how we spend them.
If you've noticed beautiful images on our site or social media, there's a good chance they were donated by Alamy, the world's largest online stock photo agency. After meeting their CEO James West by chance, he immediately saw how much timely relevant images would make a difference to us. Within a week Alamy gave us an amazing Christmas present—access to their 90 million images to help make sure the facts stand out from the noise.
Thanks again to all our supporters. If you'd like to join them, check out our donate page here.