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. We have the usual overheads of any 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 fact checks 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 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. You can help Full Fact grow, and check more facts, by donating.
We would like to thank all of our funders. All donations greater than £5,000 received in 2018 are listed here along with the amount they gave and what it was given for.
|Google’s Digital News Initiative grant fund||£210,445||Third Generation Fact Checking|
|£20,000||Automated fact checking|
|Omidyar Network||£115,000||Automated fact checking|
|Hundreds of individual donors||£74,796||Core funding|
|Open Society Foundations||£71,917||Automated fact checking|
|Esmée Fairbairn Foundation||£40,000||Core costs to improve effectiveness and impact and explore new income streams|
|Barrow Cadbury Charitable Trust||£30,000||Core funding to enable Full Fact to develop its capacity, reach and services|
|Colefax Charitable Trust||£25,000||Core funding|
|Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust||£20,000||Core funding|
|University of Edinburgh||£12,634||‘Fact’ Transmission and Persuasive Power in a Digital World|
|Peter Samuel Charitable Trust||£10,000||Core Funding|
|William De Winton||£10,000||Core Funding|
You can read our Annual Accounts and Reports on the Charity Commission website.
You can read more information about funders from 2017 and earlier here.
Funding from Facebook
From January 2019, Full Fact will check images, videos and articles on Facebook as part of the social network’s third-party fact checking initiative. This work is funded by Facebook.
The total fees Full Fact has earned from Facebook for work on the Third Party Fact Checking programme during Jan–Jun 2019 is $171,800. The amount of money that Full Fact is entitled to depends on the amount of fact checking done under the programme.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks again to all our supporters. If you'd like to join them, check out our donate page here.