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 2016-17 was £3,519,786. 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.

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Annual accounts


Name Amount (£)
Adessium Foundation 71,699
AIM Foundation 41,621
Arts Council England 5,605
Barrow Cadbury Trust 22,102
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 95,623
Centre for Local Economic Strategies 39,825
Changing Lives 15,477
Charles Ainger 10,000
Clore Social Leadership Programme 6,996
Coalition of Community, FDA, Nationwide Group, Staff Union, Nautilus International, Prospect, Royal College of Nursing, Society if Radiographers, TUC, USDAW 7,233
Department for Communities and Local Government 57,952
Friends Provident Foundation 62,601
Guy Lipman 8,000
John Mills 9,400
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust 25,700
Kestrelman Trust 19,758
KR Foundation 194,814
Marine Conservation Society 25,083
Mind 26,185
Nationwide Foundation 26,915
NESTA ShareLab Fund 6,807
Network for Social Change 132,264
NHS England 182,058
Oak Foundation 93,891
Office for National Statistics 25,220
Open Society Foundations 26,753
People’s Health Trust 188,807
Political and Economies Research Trust 9,400
R H Southern Trust 59,306
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Charitable Foundation 10,000
Swiss Philanthropy Foundation: Partners for a New Economy 57,900
The Connectus Kommonia Charitable Trust 10,000
The Hadley Trust 21,712
The Tedworth Charitable Trust 16,650
The University of Liverpool – ESRC What Works Centre 69,422
Sherwood Forest Fund 5,000
Sir Trevor Chin CVO 5,000
Trust for London 29,700
Tubney Charitable Trust 10,235
Tudor Trust 9,093
Waterloo Foundation 9,000
Young Womens Trust 14,650