MDIF funders and impact investors

Strength through diversity

Our work is supported by a broad spectrum of foundations, impact investors, development agencies and individuals who share our commitment to free media. Drawing on a robust funding mix that leverages blended capital, we stand proudly as an independent organization driven forward by our own principles and values.

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A selection of our funders and investors

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Adessium Foundation is a charitable foundation which contributes to a balanced society characterized by integrity, a balance between people and nature, and social harmony.

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Arjuna Capital

Arjuna Capital is a sustainable wealth management firm which works with high net-worth individuals, families and foundations to create sustainable investments.


Association of Alternative Newsmedia

AAN is a not-for-profit organization which provides services and leadership that ensure the success of its members, and strengthens alternative journalism.

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Bank Vontobel

Bank Vontobel is a globally operating financial expert with Swiss roots specialising in wealth management, active asset management and investment solutions.

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Calvert Impact Capital

Calvert is a non-profit investment firm that works with investors to move capital into communities around the world.

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DOEN Foundation

DOEN supports pioneers who are committed to a green, socially-inclusive and creative society.

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Dreilinden supports social acceptance of gender and sexual diversity by means of grants to organizations and project grants, as well as by social investments and networking.

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Dutch Postcode Lottery

The Dutch Postcode Lottery believes the world benefits from strong social organizations and supports those dedicated to people and the planet worldwide.

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Erste is a private Austrian savings bank’s foundation that invests parts of its dividends into the region in which Erste Group operates: Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

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Fritt Ord Foundation

Fritt Ord Foundation protects and promotes freedom of expression and the environment for freedom of expression in Norway and, in special cases, in other countries.

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German Postcode Lottery

The German Postcode Lottery is a private, state-licensed social lottery. It supports charitable organisations and projects.

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GLS Bank is the largest and first social-ecological bank in Germany. GLS Crowd is an online platform for crowd investing.

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Investeringsfonden for Udviklingslande (IFU)

IFU provides advisory services and risk capital to Danish companies wishing to do business in developing countries and emerging markets.

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JP/Politikens Hus

JP/Politikens Hus is one of Denmark’s leading media companies. It publishes several news media and its activities include publishing houses, weekly newspapers and niche media.

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Luminate works to ensure everyone – especially those who are underrepresented – has the information, rights and power to influence the decisions that affect their lives.

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MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur Foundation is a private foundation that supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. 

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Mediahuis is an international media company behind a wide range of cross-media brands. News consumers have constant access to the journalistic heart of its brands via a wide range of platforms.

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New Island Capital

New Island’s mission is to help its clients invest patient capital – at scale – to achieve financial returns and transform the way natural resources are used, businesses are built and communities thrive.

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Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation is a humanitarian organisation that commits its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

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Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

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People’s Postcode Lottery

People’s Postcode Lottery manages lotteries for 20 Postcode Trusts and a minimum of 33% from each ticket goes to charities and good causes.

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responsAbility Investments AG is an asset manager in the field of development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to private, institutional and public investors.

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Soros Economic Development Fund is a social investment fund whose mission is to alleviate poverty and community deterioration through investments—in the form of equity, loans, guarantees and deposits.

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The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is a government agency with the mission to reduce poverty and oppression around the world.

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Stichting Democratie & Media

The Democracy and Media Foundation invests in independent, critical media and a strong, just democratic state.

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Svenska Postkod Stiftelsen

The Swedish Postcode Lottery believes that a strong civil society is essential for creating a better world. The Postcode Foundation’s goal is to carry out that mission through projects that challenge, inspire and promote change.

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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation fosters economic self-reliance and state autonomy and contributes to the improvement of production conditions.

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The King Baudouin Foundation

The King Baudouin Foundation’s mission is to contribute to a better society in Belgium, in Europe and in the world. The Foundation is an actor for change and innovation, serving the public interest and increasing social cohesion.

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Tinius Trust

Tinius Trust holds the largest block of shares in Schibsted ASA. Its main objective is to strive for a long-term sustainable development of Schibsted to ensure quality and credibility in all of its publications as well as free and independent newsrooms.

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The Reva & David Logan Foundation

The Foundation is a Chicago-based family foundation that provides strategic grants to support social justice, scholarship, the arts and investigative journalism, both in Chicago and around the world.

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Wyncote Foundation

Wyncote Foundation supports efforts that strengthen and enrich culture, community and the natural environment. The public Media and Journalism program works to further a thriving public media ecosystem that is vital to animating and sustaining democracy’s public sphere.

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