Funding and Disclosures

The Bureau is committed to transparency in its finances and operations. As a result we disclose any significant unpaid or subsidised services below.

The Bureau is a not-for-profit organisation that pursues public interest journalism and education as a matter of key concern. If you would like to support the Bureau please go here or, if you are a foundation interested in helping us continue our work, please contact our Managing Editor Rachel Oldroyd through email: [email protected]

Editorial independence is guaranteed by our constitution. The Editor of the Bureau’s decision is final and independent of any influence from our funders.

To support and underwrite its early years the Bureau received pledges of £2m from David and Elaine Potter. The charitable part of the funding has been provided by the David and Elaine Potter Foundation with other funding contributed directly by the Potters.

Current core funding comes from:

In addition the Bureau’s Naming the Dead project is part funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This is a two year grant which runs until November 2016. A previous two year grant from JRCT supported the launch and set-up of this investigation. In addition the Bureau raised funds in 2013 through The Freedom of the Press Foundation to help launch the Naming the Dead project. The project was given a two year grant in 2016 from Open Society Foundation to extend its work into Afghanistan. 

In Spring 2016 the Bureau was granted €662,000 from Google’s Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, which will be distributed across three years. This will help the Bureau launch the Local News Lab, a digital journalism team and resource that will provide content from big data for a network of local journalists and bloggers.

In the financial year 2014/15 the Bureau received a small grant from The Remote Control Project to review extending the Bureau’s work on drone warfare.

In summer 2016 the Bureau received £25,000 from Changing Markets to support our investigation into antibiotic resistance.

Since launch the Bureau has also received charitable funding from other organisations. These include The Green Park Foundation, Stamp Out Poverty, The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, The Remote Control Project  and Oxfam. None of this funding was over £20,000. Again editorial independence was exercised in all of these cases.

Save the Children contracted the Bureau for research on infant mortality in the developing world.

The Bureau has developed commercial relationships with leading media and other organisations in the UK and internationally.  This has meant the Bureau has had commercial dealings with Channel 4, ITN, the BBC, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, the Daily Telegraph, Journeyman Pictures, Le Monde, the Financial Times and the British Medical Journal.

In collaborative commercial media partnerships, editorial decisions are shared according to circumstances.  For instance, BBC Newsnight’s collaborations with the Bureau means that final editorial approval for output on the BBC resides with the editor of Newsnight.

All monies from this has gone towards core and project funding.  Any profits have been reinvested back into the Bureau’s work.

The Bureau receives free email and document-sharing services from Google.
The Bureau is also a host partner in Google’s News Fellowship Programme. Under this scheme the Bureau provided an eight-week placement for a Google Fellow over summer 2016. The Bureau has agreed to host a second Google Fellow over summer 2017.

The Bureau has received free images from the digital stock photo provider,

Simons Muirhead & Burton Solicitors
The Bureau has a relationship with Simons Muirhead & Burton, one of London’s leading law firms. The firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services particularly to those in the media.  It advises the Bureau on a wide range of legal issues, with some of the work done on a pro bono basis.  Much of its work, however, is paid.

The Bureau receives free access to


If you want to ask any more questions about our funding or support, please contact us here.