In 2016 we expect to raise $13m making it our most successful year to date. Our CEO is driving fundraising efforts at the highest levels with great results and we’ve employed fundraising staff in our DC office for the first time.
In the past three years we've built an exciting high net worth individual (HNWI) giving program and we’ve met our annual target of $1.2m in the U.S. in 2016, including multi-year $1m+ donations from Alex Soros and Laura and John Arnold.
Our established and successful institutional fundraising program has included significant and continued support from some of the world’s leading international philanthropic institutions.
This support includes both annual unrestricted support and a five year matched funding grant from the Open Society Foundations. We met our five year Challenge Fund target (2012-2016) to raise additional $14m income from new donors by early 2016 which the Open Society Foundations matched with a $7m organisational development grant.
Recent major institutional support also includes:
A $4.8m three year unrestricted support grant from the Omidyar Network
A five year $2m unrestricted BUILD grant from the Ford Foundation
A three year £1.5m grant from the Swedish International Development Agency to support our work in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Global Witness is an international organisation that investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. We collect indisputable evidence through our investigations and combine it with powerful advocacy to force change.
Our work makes a difference. Our campaigning helped put a stop to illegal logging which ...was funding wars waged by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and by Charles Taylor in Liberia. We brought the issue of blood diamonds to the world’s attention and the landmark Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was established as a result. Similarly, our investigations into corruption in oil, gas and mining were critical in making a case for the establishment of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the leading global mechanism aimed at increasing transparency in transactions between governments and companies.
Our research on conflict minerals in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has exposed how warring parties make millions of dollars each year through illegal control of the mineral sector. Additionally, our campaigning has led to landmark due diligence legislation being passed in the US and in DRC. Global Witness’ work on oil governance in South Sudan was instrumental in securing strong transparency and accountability provisions in the new Petroleum Act, and our banks team has exposed how major financial jurisdictions like the UK are used to launder vast amounts of corrupt money, keeping millions in poverty and reliant on aid.
In recognition of our impact, we were thrilled to be awarded the TED Prize and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2014.
For further information please refer to our website www.globalwitness.org