Research Outline

Economic Inequality: Think Tank Donors


To identify grant and funding possibilities (government or philanthropy organizations) for a technology-focused think tank, tackling economic inequality. A suggested research path is a list of donors of similar Think Tanks such as IPPR, New Economics Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, and Demos.

Early Findings

Donors of existing Think Tanks focused on economic equality


  • According to their official website, the donors who have donated between £50,001-£150,000 to IPPR include Barrow Cadbury , Central London Forward , City of London Corporation , Friends Provident Foundation , Further Education Trust for Leadership , Gilead , Google , Health Foundation , John Mills , JP Morgan , Martin Taylor , Millfield House Foundation , Nationwide Building Society , Paul Hamlyn Foundation , Stephen Peel.

The New Economic Foundation

  • The list of donors include Adessium Foundation, The AIM Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Cooperatives UK Limited, Economic and Social Research Council, Friends Provident Foundation, The Hadley Trust, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, KR Foundation, Local Trust, The Nationwide Foundation, NESTA ShareLab Fund, NHS England, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Partners for a New Economy, People's Health Trust, The Pickwell Foundation, Power to Change, R H Southern Trust, The Tedworth Charitable Trust, Trust for London The Tubney Charitable Trust, The Tudor Trust, The University of Liverpool, and The Waterloo Foundation.

Economic Policy Institute

  • Donors who have funded more than $100,000 include Alliance for American Manufacturing , American Federation of Teachers , The Bauman Foundation , Ford Foundation , National Education Association , Open Philanthropy Project Fund of the Silicon Valley Foundation , Open Society Foundations , Peter G. Peterson Foundation , AFL-CIO , American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees , International Brotherhood of Teamsters , Hamilton James , Marguerite Casey Foundation , National Infrastructure Alliance , Public Welfare Foundation , Service Employees International Union , Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation , Surdna Foundation , United Auto Workers , United Steelworkers , and The WhyNot Initiative.
  • According to the Economic Policy Institute website, their sources of funding is as follows: foundations (50%), unions (29%), individuals (10%),organizations/ corporations (9%), and other sources (2%).


  • Donors who have funded more than £10,000 include Dr Foster Intelligence Ltd, Cabinet Office, British Council (Education and Society), The British Council, Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), Solicitor's Regulation Authority (SRA), Sport England , Pfizer Ltd, Friends Provident Foundation, Legal & General Home Finance Ltd, Facebook UK Ltd, Home Builders Federation (HBF), IPSE, Shire Pharmaceuticals Ltd, University of Birmingham, Open Society Institute - Hungary (OSF). (the latest available data is from 2017).