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Our Funding

Prior to fiscal 2010, we were supported entirely by three sources: funds from the APPC’s own resources (specifically an endowment created in 1993 by the Annenberg Foundation at the direction of the late Walter Annenberg, and a 1995 grant by the Annenberg Foundation to fund APPC’s Washington, D.C., base); additional funds from the Annenberg Foundation; and grants from the Flora Family Foundation.

In 2010, we began accepting donations from individual members of the public for the first time, responding to many unsolicited offers of support from our subscribers. We launched our first public appeal for donations in April 2010.

At that time we also decided to disclose our finances in greater detail, so that our readers may judge for themselves whether or not any of those individual donations could influence us.

We do not seek and have never accepted, directly or indirectly, any funds from unions, partisan organizations or advocacy groups. We do not accept funds from corporations with the exception of Facebook, which provides funding as part of Facebook’s initiative to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site. Facebook has no control over our editorial content.

Our policy is to disclose the identity of any individual donor giving $1,000 or more. We also disclose the total amount, average amount and number of individual donations.

In 2015, Inside Philanthropy praised our disclosure policy for “exemplifying nonprofit transparency.”

“FactCheck.org is totally transparent about its funding sources — going so far as to list a detailed breakdown of financial support by every quarter, the same standard expected of political campaigns and party committees,” it wrote. “So, quite apart from its stated mission, FactCheck.org is making a contribution by exemplifying nonprofit transparency.”

Credit card donations may be made through our “Donate” page. If you prefer to give by check, send to: FactCheck.org, Annenberg Public Policy Center, 202 S. 36th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-3806.

Note: In addition to the sums reported here, FactCheck.org receives in-kind support from the Annenberg Public Policy Center including some infrastructure costs as well as supervisory, technical, and administrative support from APPC faculty and staff. We do not attempt to assign a dollar value to these in-kind services, which are funded from the APPC’s own resources.

Financial Disclosure:

Fiscal Year 2018
(12 months ending June 30, 2018)

Annenberg Foundation: $677,799

Facebook: $188,881

Individual donors: $128,642

In fiscal year 2018, we received a total of 1,507 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $10,000. The average individual donation was $85, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

In addition, we received $188,881 from Facebook as part of a national project to help identify and label false stories circulating on the social media site, and a $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation, which funded our undergraduate fellowship program, helped to underwrite SciCheck, and provided general operating expenses in fiscal 2018. 

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Richard Heller, Media, Pennsylvania: $10,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, New Mexico: $5,000

Barbara Kahn Piano Bench Fund: $3,844

David J. Spector, New York, New York: $2,500

Zegar Family Fund, San Francisco, California: $2,500

Donna L. Broyard, Big Pine Key, Florida: $2,000

Ashish Myles, New York, New York: $2,000

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $2,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Blue Bell Foundation, San Francisco, North Carolina: $1,000

Stephen Kunkel, Fairfax, California: $1,000

William Vinson, Greensboro, North Carolina: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2018, Fourth Quarter
(three months ending June 30, 2018)

Annenberg Foundation: $185,481

Facebook: $67,500

Individual donors: $24,676

During this three-month period, we received a total of 432 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $57, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less. In addition, we received $67,500 from Facebook as part of a project to help identify and label false stories circulating on the social media site.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $1,000

Blue Bell Foundation, San Francisco, North Carolina: $1,000

Stephen Kunkel, Fairfax, California: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2018, Third Quarter
(three months ending March 31, 2018)

Annenberg Foundation: $177,680

Facebook: $69,297

Individual donors: $16,703

During this three-month period, we received 233 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $72, and half of our individual donations were $20 or less. In addition, we received $69,297 from Facebook as part of a project to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, New Mexico: $5,000

Fiscal Year 2018, Second Quarter

(three months ending Dec. 31, 2017)

 

Annenberg Foundation: $150,190

Facebook: $26,042

Individual donors: $77,855

During this three-month period, we received a total of 681 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $10,000. The average individual donation was $114, and half of our individual donations were $50 or less. In addition, we received a $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation to fund our undergraduate fellowship program, help underwrite SciCheck, and provide general operating expenses in fiscal 2018. We also received $26,042 from Facebook as part of a project to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Richard Heller, Media, Pennsylvania: $10,000

Barbara Kahn Piano Bench Fund: $3,844

David J. Spector, New York, New York: $2,500

Zegar Family Fund, San Francisco, California: $2,500

Donna L. Broyard, Big Pine Key, Florida: $2,000

Ashish Myles, New York, New York: $2,000

Mr. William Vinson, Greensboro, North Carolina: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2018, First Quarter

(three months ending Sept. 30, 2017)

 

Annenberg Foundation: $164,447

Facebook: $26,042

Individual donors: $9,307

During this three-month period, we received a total of 163 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $57, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less. In addition, we received $26,042 from Facebook as part of a project to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California, $1,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2017
(12 months ending June 30, 2017)

Annenberg Foundation: $678,965.72

Individual donors: $201,311.19

During this 12-month period, we received a total of 1,777 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $25,000. The average individual donation was $113.29 and half of our individual donations were $30 or less.

In addition, we received a $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation to underwrite SciCheck and our undergraduate fellowship program, and $52,283.34 from Facebook as part of a project to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Luke Evnin and Deann Wright, San Francisco, California: $25,000

Bessie Rattner Foundation, Glendale, New York: $20,000

Richard Heller, Media, Pennsylvania: $10,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, New Mexico: $6,000

Paul Spraos, New York, New York: $5,000

Newman’s Own Foundation, Westport, Connecticut: $5,000

David J. Spector, New York, New York: $2,500

Stephen and Andrea Dover, c/o Schwab Charitable Fund, San Francisco, California: $2,500

Simon James Rogers, London: $2,500

Ashish Myles, New York, New York: $2,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $2,000

Steven Kunkel, Fairfax, California: $1,800

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $1,000

Katherine Kang, Heath, Texas: $1,000

Paul Solomon, Los Angeles, California: $1,000 

Rebecca Johnson, Pittsford, New York: $1,000

Barry Knight, West Palm Beach, Florida: $1,000

Helen Ross, Carefree, Arizona: $1,000

David Cass, Belmont, Massachusetts: $1,000

Cedric Huesler, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Susan D. Woolf, Seattle, Washington: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2017, Fourth Quarter
(three months ending June 30, 2017)

Annenberg Foundation: $174,634.99

Individual donors$19,095.15 

During this three-month period, we received 192 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $99.45, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Newman’s Own Foundation, Westport, Connecticut: $5,000

Fiscal Year 2017, Third Quarter
(three months ending March 31, 2017)

Annenberg Foundation: $177,444.94

Individual donors: $37,842

During this three-month period, we received 388 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $97.79, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, New Mexico: $5,000

Stephen and Andrea Dover, c/o Schwab Charitable Fund, San Francisco, California: $2,500

Simon James Rogers, London: $2,500

Ashish Myles, New York, New York: $2,000

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $1,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Katherine Kang, Heath, Texas: $1,000

Paul Solomon, Los Angeles, California: $1,000 

Fiscal Year 2017, Second Quarter
(three months ending December 31, 2016)

Annenberg Foundation: $165,855.41

Individual donors: $109,777.04

During this three-month period, we received 1,013 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $20,000. The average individual donation was $108.50, and half of our individual donations were $50 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Bessie Rattner Foundation, Glendale, New York: $20,000

Richard Heller, Media, Pennsylvania: $10,000

Paul Spraos, New York, New York: $5,000

David J. Spector, New York, New York: $2,500

Steven Kunkel, Fairfax, California: $1,800

Rebecca Johnson, Pittsford, New York: $1,000

Barry Knight, West Palm Beach, Florida: $1,000

Helen Ross, Carefree, Arizona: $1,000

David Cass, Belmont, Massachusetts: $1,000

Cedric Huesler, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Susan D. Woolf, Seattle, Washington: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2017, First Quarter
(three months ending September 30, 2016)

Annenberg Foundation: $161,030

Individual donors: $34,597

During this three-month period, we received a total of 158 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $25,000. The average individual donation was $219, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Luke Evnin and Deann Wright, San Francisco, California: $25,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, New Mexico: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2016
(12 months ending June 30, 2016)

Annenberg Foundation: $684,121.12

Stanton Foundation: $150,000

Individual donors: $72,012

During this 12-month period, we received a total of 1,154 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $62.35, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

In addition, we received a $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation to continue SciCheck and underwrite our undergraduate fellowship program.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Paul Spraos, New York, New York: $5,000

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $2,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $2,000

George H. Rogers, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2016, Fourth Quarter
(three months ending June 30, 2016)

Annenberg Foundation: $184,618.72

Individual donors: $22,910

During this three-month period, we received a total of 408 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $54.49, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $1,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

George H. Rogers, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2016, Third Quarter
(three months ending March 31, 2016)

Annenberg Foundation: $173,501

Individual donors: $8,872.50

During this three-month period, we received a total of 161 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $55.11, and half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, Calif., $1,000

Fiscal Year 2016, Second Quarter
(three months ending December 31, 2015)

Annenberg Foundation: $161,445

Stanton Foundation: $150,000

Individual donors: $35,873

During this three-month period, we received a total of 487 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $73.66, and half of our individual donations were $30 or less. We also received a $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation to continue SciCheck and underwrite FactCheck.org’s undergraduate fellowship program.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Paul Spraos, New York, New York: $5,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2016, First Quarter
(three months ending September 30, 2015)

Annenberg Foundation: $164,556

Individual donors: $4,356

During this three-month period, we received a total of 86 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $500. The average individual donation was $51, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

Fiscal Year 2015
(12 months ending June 30, 2015)

Annenberg Foundation: $685,588

Stanton Foundation: $101,934

Individual donors: $57,853

During this 12-month period, we received a $101,934 grant from the Stanton Foundation to fund SciCheck, a project that focuses exclusively on fact-checking science-based claims. We also received a total of 912 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $63, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Paul Spraos, New York, New York: $5,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $2,000

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $1,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $1,000

David Elliott Bell, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2015, Fourth Quarter
(three months ending June 30, 2015)

Annenberg Foundation: $177,410

Individual donors: $10,080

During this three-month period, we received a total of 167 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $60, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2015, Third Quarter
(three months ending March 31, 2015)

Annenberg Foundation: $166,107

Individual donors: $11,311

During this three-month period, we received a total of 196 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was nearly $58, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, California: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2015, Second Quarter
(three months ending Dec. 31, 2014)

Annenberg Foundation: $170,138

Stanton Foundation: $101,934

Individual donors: $34,467

During this three-month period, we received a total of 517 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $66.67, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Paul Spraos, New York, New York: $5,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, California: $1,000

David Elliott Bell, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2015, First Quarter
(three months ending Sept. 30, 2014)

Annenberg Foundation: $171,933

Individual donors: $1,995

During this three-month period, we received a total of 32 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $500. The average individual donation was $62, and half of our individual donations during this period were $37.50 or less.

Fiscal Year 2014
(12 months ending June 30, 2014)

Annenberg Foundation: $665,923

Individual donors: $139,032

During this 12-month period, we received a total of 485 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $100,000. The average individual donation was $286, and half of our individual donations during this period were $50 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Laura and John Arnold, Houston, Texas: $100,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $2,000

Paul Spraos, New York, N.Y.: $1,000

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, Calif.: $1,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, Calif.: $1,000

Leighton Moss, Houston, Texas: $1,000

Leslie Swygert, Ashburn, Ga.: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2014, Fourth Quarter
(three months ending June 30, 2014)

Annenberg Foundation: $174,662

Individual donors: $3,598

During this three-month period, we received a total of 43 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $84, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors included one who gave $1,000 or more:

Leighton Moss, Houston, Texas: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2014, Third Quarter
(three months ending March 31, 2014)

Annenberg Foundation: $174,555

Individual donors: $5,038.54

During this three-month period, we received a total of 74 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $68.09, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors included one who gave $1,000 or more:

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2014, Second Quarter
(three months ending December 31, 2013)

Annenberg Foundation: $150,033

Individual donors: $127,358

During this three-month period, we received a total of 337 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $100,000. The average individual donation was $337, and half of our individual donations during this period were $50 or less.

The individual donors who gave $1,000 or more:

Laura and John Arnold, Houston, Texas: $100,000

Paul Spraos, New York, N.Y.: $1,000

Diane Deshong, Beverly Hills, Calif.: $1,000

First Dollar Foundation, San Francisco, Calif.: $1,000

Leslie Swygert, Ashburn, Ga.: $1,000

 

Fiscal Year 2014, First Quarter
(three months ending September 30, 2013)

Annenberg Foundation: $166,673

Individual donors: $3,948

During this three-month period, we received a total of 47 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000. The average individual donation was $84, and half of our individual donations during this period were $50 or less.

The individual donors included one who gave $1,000 or more:

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2013
(12 months ending June 30, 2013)

Annenberg Foundation: $782,051

Individual donors: $78,357.44

During this 12-month period, we received a total of 833 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $20,000. The average individual donation was $94.07, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors included these who gave $1,000 or more:

Pechet Foundation, Dover, Mass. (Carol A. Pechet, Tiron Pechet, Taine Pechet, Tavan Pechet and Tamin Pechet): $20,000

Estate of Marvin London, Portland, Maine (bequest): $7,104

Paul Spraos, New York, N.Y.: $2,500

Michael Powell, Sherwood, Ore: $1,000

Parke Terry, Sacramento, Calif.: $1,000

David Joerg, Brooklyn, N.Y.: $1,000

Joanna Dunn Samson, Washington Depot, Conn.: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2012
(12 months ending June 30, 2012)

Annenberg Foundation: $849,802

Individual donors: $107,644

During this 12-month period, we received a total of 2,183 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $2,500. The average individual donation was $49.31, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.

The individual donors included these who gave $1,000 or more:

Howard and Penny Burt Family Fund: $2,500
Michael A. Ramey, Seattle, Wash.: $1,000
Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $1,000

Thomas Ferguson, Nolanville, Texas: $1,000
David Joerg, New York, N.Y.: $1,000
Leighton Moss, Houston, Texas: $1,000

Fiscal Year 2011
(12 months ending June 30, 2011)

Annenberg Foundation: $612,125

Carnegie Corporation of New York: $100,000

Rajkumar Anketell, Hackensack, N.J.: $5,000

Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.M.: $1,000

Individual donations of less than $1,000 each: $49,018.59

Non-corporate employer matching (Pew Charitable Trusts): $1,000

During this 12-month period, we received a total of 942 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000. The average individual donation was $59.40. Half of our individual donations were $25 or less.

Fiscal Year 2010
(12 months ending June 30, 2010)

Annenberg Foundation: $806,542

Flora Family Foundation: $99,093

Individual donors: $11,498

During this period, we received a total of 281 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $500. The average individual donation was $40.92.