How we’re funded

Digital Action is a project that is fiscally sponsored by New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programmes. We’re keen to work with funders who understand the threat of disinformation and Big Tech to human rights and democracy. 

Read on for details about who has funded us and our impact.

Our impact

We regularly report on our activities and impact to our funders. This allows us to reflect on our growth, and on what the tech accountability ecosystem needs from us.

Who funds us

Digital Action was founded in 2018 with the financial support of the Wallace Foundation, Ford Foundation, Luminate Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundations. We also received funding from Unbound Philanthropy. Some funders have continued to support our project with repeat funding and we have recently secured new support from the Skoll Foundation.

Our generous and supportive foundation backers have given Digital Action the stability to gain invaluable experience during our start-up years, learning how we can best serve the tech accountability ecosystem. We’re now scaling up our team and campaign capabilities globally. As at financial year 2023, we are backed by multi-year grants totalling $1,737,000 and talks about future funding beyond existing agreements are active and positive.

Our funding partners

Luminate was established in 2018 by philanthropists Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Their mission is to ensure that everyone – especially those who are underrepresented – has the information, rights, and power to influence the decisions that affect their lives.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. The Foundation aims to strengthen democracy and build a more equitable future by informing, engaging, and activating Americans through deep investments in just and inclusive news and narratives.

Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

The Skoll Foundation catalyzes transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing social entrepreneurs and other social innovators who together advance bold and equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

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The Ford Foundation is an independent organization working to address inequality and build a future grounded in justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

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