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(Last updated: June 2020)



PolitiFact is a nonpartisan fact-checking website to sort out the truth in American politics. PolitiFact was created by the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida newspaper, in 2007. In 2018, PolitiFact was acquired by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists.

You can view The Poynter Institute’s most-recent public financial disclosure form 990 here.

While PolitiFact relies on administrative support from the Poynter Institute, it is otherwise financially self-sustaining. It receives funding from online advertisements placed on the website. PolitiFact also receives compensation for selling its content to media publishers and companies. Organizations that contributed more than 5 percent of total PolitiFact revenues in the previous calendar year be listed here:

• The E.W. Scripps Company

• Facebook

PolitiFact also accepts grants, which are listed by calendar year below.

In 2017, PolitiFact launched a membership campaign called the Truth Squad to allow individual donations.

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As part of PolitiFact’s mission to remain transparent and independent, PolitiFact will disclose on this page any individual donation in excess of $1,000. PolitiFact does not accept donations from anonymous sources, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office, or any other source with a conflict of interest as determined by PolitiFact’s executive director.



2020 (Q1)

Individual donations to the Truth Squad: $88,481.38 

Truth Squad members: 2,447

Truth Squad donations in excess of $1,000: 1

Bessie Rattner Foundation: $5,000

Democracy Fund: $75,000 (For general operating support)



2019

Individual donations to the Truth Squad: $235,930.23 

Truth Squad members: $1,650

Truth Squad donations in excess of $1,000: 3

Dume Wolverine Foundation: $20,000

Bessie Rattner Foundation: $5,000

Lovestrand, Jennifer: $2,300

Democracy Fund: $200,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)

Craig Newmark Philanthropies: $99,5000 (Misinformation coverage around the 2020 election)

Newton & Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust​: $25,000 (audience engagement funding)



2018

Individual donations to the Truth Squad: $242,454.66 

Truth Squad members: 1,628

Truth Squad donations in excess of $1,000: 3

Hamilton, Mary J.: $1,000

Chinn, Donna: $1,000

Bessie Rattner Foundation: $5,000

Democracy Fund: $200,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)

The Craig Newmark Foundation: $5,000 (Truth Squad matching donation)

Newton & Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust​: $69,000 (toward fact-checking the 2018 midterms)  



2017

Individual donations to the Truth Squad: $206,143

Truth Squad members: 1,612

Truth Squad donations in excess of $1,000: 5

Wagner, Bill: $1,600

Kuzyk, Mark: $2,400

Collie, James: $1,500

Hutton, Marilyn: $1,100

Mahaffey, R. Ernest: $1,200

Reynolds Journalism Institute: $10,000 (To develop a new promise tracking tool)

Democracy Fund: $125,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)

Knight Foundation: $50,000 (To reach new audiences and address the spread of misinformation)

The Craig Newmark Foundation: $50,000 (General support)

Newton & Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust​: $20,000 (toward the hiring of an audience engagement fellow) 



2016

Democracy Fund: $250,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $126,650 (To fact-check claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check)

Reynolds Journalism Institute: $10,000 (To develop a new promise tracking tool)



2015

Democracy Fund: $125,000 (To expand fact-checking into new states and grow PolitiFact)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $70,000 (To fact-check claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check)

The Knight Foundation: $167,500 (To fact-check claims on Medium; support the creation of new technologies to assist fact-checking)



2014

Democracy Fund: $162,500 (To develop PunditFact)

Ford Foundation: $150,000 (To develop PunditFact)



2013

Democracy Fund: $162,500 (To develop PunditFact)

Ford Foundation: $150,000 (To develop PunditFact)



2012

The Knight Foundation: $125,000 (To develop the Settle It! app)

craigconnects: $10,000 (Seed money to develop PunditFact)



2010

The Knight Foundation: $200,000 (To train Florida news organizations how to use PolitiFact)

Collins Center for Public Policy: $15,000 (To fact-check proposed Florida constitutional amendments)

Craigslist Charitable Fund: Funding for the creation of PolitiFact Florida