Diversity and transparency of funding
Africa Check is a non-profit organisation, headquartered in South Africa as a non-profit trust, registration number IT000728/2015(C). It is registered as the Africa Check Foundation in Kenya and operates in Nigeria and Senegal through representative offices.
Founded in London in 2012 as a Community Interest Company, control of the organisation passed to the South Africa-registered trust at the start of 2019. Information on our accounts from 2012 to 2018 accounts is available on the UK Companies House website. Our 2019 accounts will be published in South Africa.
We launched in 2012 with just one funder, the Vienna-based International Press Institute. Our commitment since then has been to increase and diversify the number of our financial supporters, to ensure no donor has a controlling influence.
In 2014, a small group of foundations and trusts provided 100% of our income. That group had grown and diversified by 2018, when earned income and corporate sponsors accounted for 17% of our income. As verified by the IFCN’s independent assessment of our work each year, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports.
How we spend it
Fact-checking is a time-consuming and labour-intensive business. We operate in four countries with a team of 30.
Our funders 2018
For the financial year 2018, our financial figures show a total income of $1,348,104 (£1,061,499), up from $951,573 (£749,270) the previous year. The breakdown of income by source is below, rounded to the nearest percentage.
We are also grateful to the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar and the Graduate School of Media and Communication at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi for the continued support in hosting our teams in South Africa, Senegal and Kenya.
Income since 2012
Since 2012 our income has increased as follows. This is due to the support we have received from a growing range of partners, enabling us to extend our work in South Africa and open and expand our operations to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, as well as offering awards and training programmes to promote fact-checking more widely.
|2018*||$1,348,104 (1,061,499) [Draft figures]|
The details of this income can be checked in our records on the UK Companies House website.
Putting Africa Check on track for the future
We want Africa Check to be around for a long time. This will ensure we can continue to play our part in scrutinising the claims that public figures, institutions and the media make, and supporting others who do the same.
To do that, we need to put our finances on a sound long-term footing. As a first step, we launched TRI Facts, our Training, Research and Information services unit, in 2015.
We also reach out to our readers and supporters for their donations. Together, we hope to build up this support to account for more than 25% of our total revenue in the next three years. This is ambitious, as we expand our operations around the continent, but it will help put Africa Check on track to a long-term future.