Accounts and funders

Transparency is fundamental to democracy and we believe that all organisations trying to influence policy should be open about how they are funded. The next time you see us on TV you can be sure that our opinions are not pushing a hidden agenda.

The New Economics Foundation is proud to be independent of political parties and special interests. We are a registered charity and rely on a broad cross section of individuals, charities, companies and public sector funders to undertake our work.

We are delighted to thank our major funders, listed below. We are also very grateful to all of you, too numerous to name, who give generously each month or have donated to one of our appeals. Together we are a powerful movement for change: click here to donate.

NEF’s total income for 2015-16 was £3,168,687. This was derived from three sources: major grants and donations (listed below), individual supporters and donors, and earned income. We earn income through consultancy services in impact evaluation and organisational development for charities, the public sector and businesses – much of it through NEF Consulting. These contracts do not affect our research and advocacy agenda.

Annual accounts



Amount (£)

Oak Foundation 387,565
Network for Social Change 153,596
Economic and Social Research Council 129,193
AIM Foundation 92,778
R H Southern Trust 90,509
KR Foundation 84,439
Arts Council England 72,752
Adessium Foundation 71,225
The Hadley Trust 68,711
Department for Communities and Local Government 66,502
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 59,639
The VELUX Foundations 51,397
Trust for London 51,050
NHS England 50,473
John Ellerman Foundation 41,763
Tubney Charitable Trust 41,484
Joseph Rowntree Foundation 39,727
Kestrelman Trust 31,461
Cabinet Office 30,945
A coalition of Community, FDA, Nationwide Group Staff Union,Nautilus International, Prospect, Royal College of Nursing, Society of Radiographers, TUC, USDAW 20,998
Happy City 20,798
Big Lottery Fund 14,136
Open Society Initiative for Europe within the Open Society Foundations 14,054
Christina Lee Brown 12,667
Claire Jones 10,000
The Tedworth Charitable Trust 10,000
Ron Ockwell 8,796
People’s Health Trust 8,033
Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network 7,823
City Bridge Trust 7,066
Stichting DOEN 6,591
Professor ADH Crook Public Service Fellowship, University of Sheffield 6,261
Changing Lives 5,695
Clore Social Leadership Programme: Friends Provident Foundation Resilient Economies Fellowship 5,483
Walton on Thames Charity 5,239
Friends Provident Foundation 5,025