Where mySociety’s funding comes from

mySociety’s work is funded by a variety of means: grants from charitable foundations, donations from private individuals, and commercial income from its trading entities.

Grants and awards

Our continued programme of innovation and outreach is only possible thanks to these organisations.


Omidyar logo The Omidyar Network give mySociety the support it needs to run as an organisation; and underpin our international work
Potter Foundation logo The David & Elaine Potter Foundation provide us with general support funding
Google Digital News Initiative logo With a grant from the Google Digital News Initiative, we’re developing a new Freedom of Information toolset for journalists that we’re currently calling Alaveteli Professional
Hewlett Foundation logo The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation supports our research department
 microsoft-logo-new Microsoft are supporting our research programme
The Indigo Trust The Indigo Trust help us develop and deploy Pombola in conjunction with organisations in Africa
Google Grants Google Ad Grants permit us to run Adword adverts at no cost
Google Inc Google Inc are sponsoring TICTeC, our conference on the Impacts of Civic Technologies, for 2017
NED National Endowment for Democracy funded a WriteInPublic project for the Middle East and North Africa region
JRCT The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust funds our efforts to reach a wider and more diverse userbase for TheyWorkForYou
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Bytemark aid us with server costs

Browserstack logo

Browserstack kindly allow us to use their web-based cross-browser testing tools for free

Your donations

Your contributions, one-off or regular, large or small, all help us in our mission to empower ordinary people via digital means. And every little helps – take a look at our donations page to see how.

We provide software and web development as a commercial service

mySociety Ltd offers software and consultancy as a commercial service. Our experience can be of great use to organisations who work in the civic arena, like local and national governments, public services and charities.

The revenue from these activities goes towards supporting our charitable projects. Find out more about our services.

Past funders

Several bodies have contributed to and supported mySociety’s development over the years. With their help, we have had the security to grow, to experiment and to innovate.


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The Electoral Commission logo

Along with a private benefactor, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and the Electoral Commission provided the start-up funding that allowed us to run an open consultation for project ideas.

Goveval logo

Joint funding from Goveval and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister e-Innovations Fund facilitated a number of projects in our early days:

  • Allowed us to take the volunteer-built Fax Your Representative project and extend it to cover more levels of representation – this site became WriteToThem.com. GovEval provide representative data at no cost.

  • Funded the development of our now retired projects Pledgebank, HearFromYourMP, GiveItAway and NotApathetic. These were all built in partnership with West Sussex County Council.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs Innovations Fund allowed us to create the API for TheyWorkForYou.

Young Foundation logo

The Young Foundation and the Department for Constitutional Affairs Innovations Fund made the development of FixMyStreet possible.

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust logo

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust funded the founding of WhatDoTheyKnow, the result of our second open call for proposals; they have also aided the development of the Democracy Club project (now in other hands) and new features on TheyWorkForYou.

Ministry of Justice logo

The Ministry of Justice helped us to put historical Hansard records going back to the 1930s on TheyWorkForYou; also funded the now retired GroupsNearYou project.

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Logo Screen-West-Midlands

The DfT funded our early work on transit time maps; later, with seed funding from Channel 4’s 4IP fund and Screen West Midlands, this was developed into our commercial Mapumental project.

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The Indigo Trust
Omidyar logo

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Indigo Trust and the Omidyar Network contributed to the development of FixMyTransport.

Geovation logo

GeoVation helped us develop a mobile interface for FixMyTransport.

TSB logo

The Technology Strategy Board aided the commercial growth of FixMyStreet for Councils, and funded early work on SayIt.

Knight Foundation logo

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supported our deployment of SayIt in the USA to aid local journalists and campaigner groups

Hivos Logo Hivos have helped us with Alaveteli, as well as supporting us in our research
Google.org Google.org supported the creation of the Poplus project
OSF logo Open Society Foundations have given us general support funding, with a particular interest in the development of our Right To Know software, Alaveteli
MAVC logo In collaboration with Making All Voices Count we worked on InfoLib, an Alaveteli project in Liberia

Our published accounts are available at the Charity Commission’s website or via Companies House. We are always happy to hear from anyone who is interested in funding the work that we do.