Funding and Finances

GroundUp is currently supported by these grants (chronological order, rounded to nearest R10,000, only donors who give more than R99,999 in a 12-month period are listed):

Funds received in 2019

  • Bertha Foundation: R550,000 (July 2019)
  • RAITH Foundation: R840,000 (April 2019)
  • Open Society Foundation: R900,000 (March 2019)
  • Claude Leon Foundation: R325,000 (March 2019)
  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R680,000 (January 2019)

Funds received in 2018

  • Hazel Geffen Estate: R200,000 (October 2018)
  • Millennium Trust: R650,000 (September 2018)
  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R660,000 (August 2018)
  • Shuttleworth Foundation flash grant: R60,000 (July 2018)
  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R330,000 (July 2018)
  • Bertha Foundation: R550,000 (June 2018)
  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R360,000 (April 2018)
  • RAITH Foundation: R800,000 (April 2018)
  • Open Society Foundation: R900,000 (March, 2018)
  • Claude Leon Foundation: R330,000 (January 2018)

Funds received in 2017

  • Social Justice Initiative: R460,000 (December 2017)
  • South Africa Development Fund: R270,000 (September 2017)
  • Millennium Trust: R600,000 (September 2017)
  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R260,000 (August 2017)
  • Bertha Foundation: R550,000 (July 2017)
  • RAITH Foundation: R1,030,000 (May 2017)
  • Indigo Trust: R340,000 (May 2017)
  • Open Society Foundation: R800,000 (February 2017)
  • Claude Leon Foundation: R250,000 (January 2017)
  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R250,000 (January 2017)

Funds received in 2016

  • Cameron Schrier Foundation: R350,000 (November 2016)
  • Open Society Foundation: R420,000 (August 2016)
  • Bertha Foundation: R550,000 (July 2016)
  • South Africa Development Fund: R150,000 (June 2016)
  • RAITH Foundation: R940,000 (May, 2016)
  • Millennium Trust: R550,000 (April 2016)
  • Claude Leon Foundation: R250,000 (March 2016)
  • Open Society Foundation: R520,000 (January 2016)

Funds received before 2016

  • Bertha Foundation: R500,000 for 2015/16
  • Claude Leon Foundation: R250,000 for 2015
  • Indigo Trust: R397,000 for 2015/16
  • Millennium Trust: R500,000 for 2015
  • RAITH Foundation R850,000 for 2015
  • South Africa Development Fund: R325,000 for 2015/16

We are negotiating further grants and will update this page if and when those are confirmed.

We also receive small private donations.

Expenses

Expenditure for 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019
(audited)

ZAR

Management & Editing

1,133,763

Reporting

3,089,522

Administration

606,864

Marketing

169,947

IT & Equipment

70,338

Legal

125,600

Total

5,196,034


Expenditure for 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018

ZAR

Management & Editing

1,069,956

Reporting

2,255,341

Administration

558,369

Marketing

65,157

Website & equipment

73,524

Total

4,022,347

Salary bands

GroundUp's editor's salary as of March 2019 is R47,850 per month.

Journalist salaries range from R14,700 to R29,000 per month.

GroundUp is a project of Community Media Trust which publishes audited financial statements that incorporate GroundUp's income and expenses.