Africa Check is a registered non-profit organisation. We were set up with an office in London in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa, and have today offices in Johannesburg and Dakar.
Fact-checking of the sort that we do takes time and money. Our funding to date has come primarily in the form of support-in-kind from the AFP Foundation, the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand and the EJICOM journalism school, and through grants from a variety of philanthropic institutions, across the political spectrum.
At the same time, we work to supplement this with donations from individual members of the public who support our work and, since May 2015, with income earned by our new Training, Research & Information services unit, TRi Facts: providing research and information services, and training, to media houses, businesses and non-profit organisations in South Africa and elsewhere.
Income since 2012
Since we were set up, we have managed to increase income, enabling us to extend our work in South Africa and to expand our operations to countries from Zambia and Zimbabwe to Nigeria and most recently to Senegal.
From an initial start-up grant worth £45,648 in 2012 we have increased our income to a projected £211,300 in 2015, thanks to the generous support of a number of wonderful donor organisations.
How we spend it
Fact-checking is a time-consuming, and for now at least, labour-intensive business. More than 75% of our costs go directly to researching and publishing our reports or providing fact-checking training services. Our accounts are audited each year by independent auditors Knox Cropper, a London-based accountancy firm, specialised in the non-profit area.
Our funders and other partners
Since we launched in June 2012, Africa Check has received support-in-kind from three journalism training bodies: the AFP Foundation, the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, and EJICOM, a journalism school in Dakar, Senegal.
In addition to this support-in-kind, Africa Check is grateful to have received generous support from the following philanthropic organisations since 2012.
- The African Media Initiative & the African News Innovation Challenge
- The International Press Institute & Google & the IPI News Innovation Contest
- The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
- The Millennium Trust
- The Omidyar Network
- The Open Society Foundations (FOSI, OSF-SA, OSISA & OSIWA)
- The Shuttleworth Foundation
Putting Africa Check on track for the future
We want Africa Check to be around for a long time to ensure we can play our part in scrutinising the claims that public figures, institutions and the media make.
To do that, we need to put our finances on a sound long-term footing and, as a first step, we launched in 2015 TRi Facts, our Training, Research & Information services unit. At the same time, we have started to reach out to our readers and supporters for their support too. And together, we hope to build up this support to account for more than 10% of our total revenue in 2016 and 20% in the following year.
Doing this as we expand our operations to new parts of the continent is ambitious. But doing it should indeed help to put the organisation on track to a long-term future.