Our funding

Spinwatch and Powerbase.info are projects of Public Interest Investigations (PII), a non-profit company (number 0532986). PII is funded by grants, donations, royalties, proceeds from book sales and other writing and research commissions.

Unlike many organisations today (such as the PR and lobbying consultancies, think tanks and other lobby groups) we are open about how much money we receive, and from whom.

As our work has developed and PII’s income has grown we have attracted support from a wider variety of sources, including an increasing number of donations.  Although we are neither a charity nor a political party, we decided to update our financial transparency from our 2015 financial year onwards (1 February). Our new disclosure policy is adapted from that of the Electoral Commission, which is far stricter than the guidance in the UK for charity disclosures.  The Electoral Commission requires political parties to disclose donations where:

the value of that donation, or of all donations, visits or loans from the same source in this calendar year, is over £1,500 (for individuals), or over £7,500 (for members associations). When adding up different donations from the same source, you need only count donations of over £500.

We follow the Electoral Commission in defining donations to 'include gifts of money or property, and goods or services provided on non-commercial terms. Sponsorship of an event or publication on your behalf, or payment of your expenses on a visit are also donations’. It should be noted that PII, not being a political party, is not confined to receiving donations from within the UK.

Grants 2005 - 2016:

2016 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £31,000
2015-16 Polden Puckham Foundation £8,000
2015-16 Ashden Trust £8,000
2015 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £31,000
2014-15 Foundation Open Society Institute/Open Society Initiative for Europe £14,000
2014-15 Network for Social Change £14,600
2014-16 Islam Expo £8,000
2014-15 Isvara Foundation £15,564
2014-15 Interpal £2000
2014-15 Friends of Al Aqsa £10,000
2014 Betterworld £5,000
2014 Cordoba Foundation £5,000
2013-14 Polden Puckham Foundation £10,000
2014 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £28,000
2013 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £30,000
2013 Lush £5,000
2013-16 Safe Food Institute, Australia £10,100
2012-13 Network for Social Change £16,000
2012 Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust £5,000
2012 European Commission £5,151
2012 Cordoba Foundation £5,000
2012-13 Middle East Monitor - MEMO £5,000
2012 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £30,000
2011-13 Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation £19,500
2011 Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust £5,000
2011 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £30,000
2011 Betterworld £10,000
2011 Scurrah Wainwright Charity £2,500
2010-11 Isvara Foundation £24,200
2010 Scurrah Wainwright Charity £3,200
2010 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £21,000
2010 Cordoba Foundation £5,000
2010 Network for Social Change £4,416
2009-10 The Roddick Foundation £7,328
2009 Scurrah Wainwright Charity
£2,000
2009 Friends of the Earth Europe £1,762
2009 Isvara Foundation £21,000
2008-09 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £30,000
2008 Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation £5,000
2008 Network for Social Change £4,462
2008 Isvara Foundation £19,220
2007 Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation £6,000
2007 Network for Social Change £4,462
2007 Greenpeace International £2,776
2006 Humanitarian Group for Social Development £12,761
2006 Network for Social Change £1,746
2006 Greenpeace UK £1,500
2006 JMG Foundation £2,280
2005 Network For Social Change £4,850
2005 Lipman Miliband Trust £1,000

For a breakdown of Spinwatch activities in the first 18 months of the organisation (from January 2005-June 2006) including financial information please see our first Annual Report.