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 subsidiary.

Grants and awards

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

 

Luminate logo Luminate gives mySociety the support it needs to run as an organisation; and underpins our international work
Hewlett Foundation logo The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation also provide core funding that helps with our organisational and administrative costs
Power to Change logo We’re working with Power to Change to map all Assets of Community Value in England through our project Keep It In The Community.
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 IncMacArthur Foundation logoopen culture foundation logo Google Inc, the MacArthur Foundation and Open Culture Foundation supported TICTeC 2017, our conference on the Impacts of Civic Technologies; and Google and MacArthur also supported TICTeC 2018. Enquiries from potential sponsors for the next event are welcome.
Wikimedia Foundation logo A grant from the Wikimedia Foundation is supporting our work with the Democratic Commons and helping us to create tools, support and data for the Wikidata community.
Bytemark logo

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 data as a commercial service

Through the Community suite of products, mySociety Ltd offers software for local government. Our experience can be of great use to organisations in the wider civic arena, national governments, public services and charities, as well as local authorities.

We also provide data via a number of APIs, and charge for commercial usage of these.

We’ve recently been working with Facebook’s Civic Engagement team to connect users to their politicians, a project which in turn supports our Democratic Commons project.

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

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. We would like to thank the following organisations:

The Electoral Commission, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Geovation, Google.org, the Google Digital News Initiative, GovEval, Hivos, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the David and Elaine Potter Foundation, Making All Voices Count, Microsoft, the Ministry of Justice, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister e-Innovations Fund, Screen West Midlands, Open Society Foundations, the Technology Strategy Board, the UK Government’s Department for Transport and the Department for Constitutional Affairs Innovations Fund, the Young Foundation, and Channel 4’s 4IP fund.


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.

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