Our Supporters

Cross-border investigative journalism is among the most expensive and riskiest in the world. Forbidden Stories is a non-profit project which relies on charitable foundations and on financial support from the public.

Forbidden Stories maintain a strict firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. All editorial decisions are made independently and transparently. No donor or institution influences Forbidden Stories’ coverage. Read our editorial independence policy.


They are currently funding Forbidden Stories:


Adessium Foundation supports initiatives and organizations that target subjects of social importance. Its beneficiaries strive to create lasting positive change in our society. Visit the website.



Fred Foundation

The Fred Foundation supports social initiatives dedicated to living life in harmony. Visit the website.



Isocrates Foundation

The Isocrates Foundation is dedicated to the protection and promotion of public debate. Visit the website.



Limelight Foundation

Limelight Foundation is an independent philanthropic foundation, based in the Netherlands and supporting journalism and civil society organizations that are independent of vested interests. Visit the website.




Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to participate in and shape the issues affecting their lives, and make those in power more transparent, responsive, and accountable. Visit the website.




National Endowment for Democracy

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Visit the website.



Open Society Foundations

Open Society Foundations works for building inclusive and vibrant democracies, and recognizes that independent journalism serves as a check on abuses of power and corruption, and fuels and informs public debates and critical thinking in societies. Visit the website.




Seattle International Foundation

The Seattle Foundation aims to quicken the pace of progress toward a stronger community for all, not only in Seattle but globally. Visit the website.



Tinius Trust

The Tinius Trust subsidizes projects that impact the general conditions essential to ensure a free and independent press. Visit the website.





UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture, and promotes media freedom by supporting investigative journalism contributing to tackling impunity. Visit the website.



Veronica Foundation

Veronica Foundation seeks to contribute to the development of a vital and sustainable media landscape, for a free, flourishing and diverse society. Visit the website.



Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund supports the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people, in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. Visit the website.



They are supporting Forbidden Stories:


European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is a non-profit organisation. It operates on the basis of the European Charter on Freedom of the Press and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. ECPMF’s mission is to promote, preserve and defend media freedom. Visit the website.




Mozilla is a global nonprofit dedicated to keeping the Internet a global public resource that is open and accessible to all. Visit the website.



They already funded Forbidden Stories:

Fritt Ord Foundation

Norway-based Fritt Ord Foundation is intended to protect and promote freedom of expression, public debate, art and culture. Visit the website.



Investigative Journalism for EU

IJ4EU is a fund that supports cross-border investigative journalism on topics of public interest in the European Union. Visit the website.



Justice for Journalists Foundation

Justice for Journalists Foundation is a London-based non-governmental organization, whose mission is to facilitate journalists’ access to existing resources and make them relevant to the specifics of each region. Visit the website.



Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach. Visit the website.



Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation catalyzes transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing social entrepreneurs and other social innovators who together advance bold and equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Visit the website.



Stichting Democratie & Media

Stichting Democratie & Media counters all forms of totalitarianism in social and political life and to strive for a vigorous democracy and multifaceted, opinionating media. Visit the website.



Swedish Postcode Foundation

The Swedish Postcode Foundation supports projects that challenge, inspire and promote positive social development, for creating a better world, and using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a basis. Visit the website.



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