Our portfolio

To date, Luminate’s global work has supported 236 organisations in 18 countries with $314 million in funding.

Current investees

Access Now

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world.

Africa Check

Africa Check is the leading independent fact-checking organisation in Africa, reducing the spread of mis/disinformation with the ultimate goal of strengthening democracy and improving life outcomes.


amaBhungane is a non-profit that develops investigative journalism in the public interest to promote an open, accountable, and just democracy and a free press.


amandla.mobi empowers the South African public to initiate online campaigns and offline advocacy to protest for a more just society and take coordinated, strategic action.

American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honour the proud history of the United States as a nation of immigrants.

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League is the world’s leading organisation fighting anti-Semitism through programmes and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry.

Big Debate

Big Debate is a nationally broadcast television show in South Africa inviting the country to address topical and critical issues through a facilitated conversation between panelists representing diverse perspectives and a live studio audience.


Budeshi is an initiative within Nigeria’s Public and Private Development Centre that aims to make government contracting information more transparent.


BudgIT provides Nigerians with access to and understanding of public budgets, promoting civic participation and fiscal transparency.

Campaign Bootcamp

Campaign Bootcamp is an initiative to empower early-stage campaigners by supporting them to develop the skills, confidence, and resilience to run effective campaigns that challenge injustice.

Center for Global Development in Europe

CGD Europe conducts empirical research and analysis on a range of development issues related to reducing global poverty and inequality.

Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law bridges the worlds of scholarship, policy, and practice to promote democracy and sustainable economic development.

Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center is a think tank focused on privacy and surveillance law and policy, and on the communities they affect.

Centre UA

Centre UA is an advocacy centre that promotes European reforms, advocates for government transparency and accountability, contributes to enhancing the quality of politics and policies, and fights for freedom of speech.


Change.org is the world's largest online social action platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.


Chequeado is a non-partisan independent media organisation and Latin America’s first fact-checking site.


Citymart is a technology and service firm that transforms the way cities solve urban problems through engagement with the public and procurement reform.

Civic Hall Labs

Civic Hall Labs is a research and design organisation that brings together sector experts, the public, funders, data scientists, researchers, designers, technologists, media makers, community groups and entrepreneurs to explore how the use of design, data, and technology can create scalable, sustainable solutions for the public good.

Civic Hall

Civic Hall is a one-of-a-kind collaborative work and event space for civic innovators located in New York City.

Civic Tech Innovation Network

The Civic Tech Innovation Network is a learning network of civic tech practitioners in South Africa, hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand.


Civitates is a philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe.

Code for America

Code for America connects city governments with digital native talent to create projects that bolster transparency and accountability.


Colab.re is a Brazil-based civic tech platform that aims to enhance governments' ability to engage with and respond to society.

Connected Development Initiative (CODE)

The Connected Development Initiative supports rural communities in Africa with advocacy and access to information on government expenditures.


Correctiv is a German non-profit newsroom that investigates injustices and abuses of power, and runs educational programs on journalism and media literacy.

Data & Society

Data & Society is a research institute focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development.

Democracy Works

Democracy Works is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to making voting fit the way we live.

Digital Freedom Fund

The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe by providing financial support for selected court cases and facilitating collaboration between digital rights actors.

Directorio Legislativo

Directorio Legislativo promotes the strengthening of legislatures and the consolidation of democratic systems in Latin America through dialogue, transparency, and access to public information.


DoSomething.org harnesses the creative, active, wired energy of teenagers and unleashes it on causes they care about.


Elucd enables cities to measure how residents feel and prioritise fixing what is not working.

ePaństwo Foundation

The ePaństwo Foundation aims to increase transparency and accountability by giving people easy access to information that can help them make informed decisions and hold elected officials to account.

Finance Uncovered

Finance Uncovered is an investigative journalism training and reporting project and global network of investigative journalists that delivers hard hitting investigations on global economic issues.

Financial Transparency Coalition

The Financial Transparency Coalition is a global network of civil society, governments, and experts that collaborates to curtail illicit financial flows through the promotion of a transparent, accountable, and sustainable financial system that works for everyone.

Forbidden Stories

Forbidden Stories is a collaborative journalism network devoted to protect and publish the work of journalists who are threatened, jailed, or killed across the world.

Full Fact

Full Fact is the UK’s independent fact-checking organisation which checks claims made by politicians and media, and provides free tools, advice, and information to the public.

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente uses information technology to encourage participation and promote transparency in Latin America.

FUSE Corps

FUSE Corps helps urban communities by partnering with civic leaders to identify pressing strategic challenges and recruits executive-level fellows to help design innovative solutions.

Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation

The Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation conducts empirical field-based research to assess the impact and effectiveness of interventions and policies aimed at empowering individuals in developing countries to improve their lives.

Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte

Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF) initiates strategic litigation in the area of human and civil rights in Germany and Europe.

Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency

The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency works to advance fiscal transparency, participation, and accountability in countries around the world.

Global Witness

Global Witness investigates and campaigns to change the system by exposing the natural resource-related economic networks behind corruption, conflict, and environmental destruction. 


Grassroot's set of mobile tools enables communities and individuals to act together by organising groups, meetings, and events in South Africa using both smart and feature phones.


HiviSasa is an online Kenyan news outlet that provides local, county-level news tailored for the mobile web.


Hromadske is a multimedia and online television platform in Ukraine that provides unbiased, censor-free information on political, economic, cultural, and social events.


ILDA is an independent open data think-and-do tank seeking to foster the use of open data to enhance civic, economic and social impact in Latin America. 


The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) produces research and public policy analysis to improve Mexico’s standing in the global economy.

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information is a non-governmental organisation aiming to facilitate democratic governance in Georgia and abroad by informing and empowering the public.

Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio de Janeiro (ITS)

Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio de Janeiro (ITS) studies the impact and future of technology in Brazil and worldwide.

Instituto Igarapé

Instituto Igarapé is an independent think and do tank devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security, justice and development challenges in Brazil, Latin America, and Africa.

International Budget Partnership

The International Budget Partnership collaborates with civil society to analyse and influence public budgets in order to reduce poverty and improve the quality of public services.

Katiba Institute

Katiba Institute works to achieve social transformation in Kenya through the Constitution. It uses research, collaborative workshops on constitutional issues, public interest litigation, and advocacy to achieve economic and social progress for all Kenyans through full implementation of the Constitution.

Latin American Alliance for Civic Technology (ALTEC)

ALTEC aims to promote the development of civic technology initiatives that improve the quality of life for Latin Americans.


Liberty is an independent membership organisation that challenges injustice, defends freedom and campaigns to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly.

Magamba Network

Magamba is Zimbabwe's leading creative organisation working on the cutting-edge of culture, new media, activism, and innovation.

Media Development Investment Fund

The Media Development Investment Fund invests in independent media around the world which provide the news, information, and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

Media Monitoring Africa

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is an innovative organisation which implements media strategies for change using technology, social media and data tools.

Membership Puzzle Project

Membership Puzzle Project is a public research project studying how to optimise news for trust. It is collaboratively run by NYU and Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent.

More in Common

More in Common is an international initiative to build communities and societies that are stronger, more united, and more resilient to the increasing threats of polarisation and social division.


NationBuilder is a software platform that helps leaders grow and organise their communities.

Natural Resource Governance Institute

The Natural Resource Governance Institute empowers people to realise the benefits of their countries’ natural resources.

New Media Ventures

New Media Ventures is a seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyse progressive change.

News Deeply

News Deeply is an online platform that delivers simplified, high-quality coverage of complex global issues.


Nexo is a Brazilian award-winning, digital-only independent media organisation.


​​​​NextRequest makes public records requests friendlier for the public and easier for governments.


Nossas is an innovative digital platform that enables civic engagement and society-led political action in Rio de Janeiro.

Open Contracting Partnership

The Open Contracting Partnership works with governments, businesses, and civil society to bring transparency and accountability to government contracting.

Open Data Charter

The Open Data Charter is a set of common principles in support of open data that will help governments foster more just and prosperous societies.

Open Data Institute

The Open Data Institute works with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage its harmful impacts.

Open Data Manchester

Open Data Manchester promotes the development of intelligent data practice in Greater Manchester and beyond.

Open Government Partnership

Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that empowers people and encourages governments to be open and responsive.

Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge builds tools and communities to create, use, and share open knowledge and information.

Open Secrets

Open Secrets is a non-profit organisation which exposes and builds accountability for private sector economic crimes through investigative research, advocacy, and the law.

Open Society Foundation

The organisation’s Open Access project aims to develop innovative IT tools to increase transparency around the management of natural resources in Ukraine.


openDemocracy is a media platform that aims to hold power to account through its high-quality investigative journalism.


OpenUp promotes informed decision-making in the public interest by helping government, civic society, and media understand and use open data.

Partnership on AI

The Partnership on AI is a multistakeholder organization that brings together academics, researchers, civil society organisations, companies building and utilizing AI technology, and other groups working to better understand AI’s impacts.


Phandeeyar is a technology hub created to be a centre for civic tech and social innovation in Myanmar.


PODER seeks to build a citizen-led movement for corporate transparency and accountability in Latin America. 

Pop Culture Collaborative

The Pop Culture Collaborative is a hub for high-impact partnerships and grants designed to help organisations and individuals leverage the reach and power of pop culture for social justice goals.

Privacy International

Privacy International is committed to fighting for the right to privacy around the world.

Public and Private Development Centre

Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) is a non-governmental organisation created to increase citizens’ participation in governance processes in a way that improves the integrity of public and private sector processes.

Publish What You Pay

Publish What You Pay is a global network of civil society organizations working to increase transparency and accountability in the extractive and government sectors.


Raheem collects and publishes data about interactions with police in the U.S. that local organizations, lawmakers, and police departments can use to better support their communities.


Rappler is an independent, digital-only social news network that leverages community and digital engagement to drive social change.

Reporters without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is an international organisation that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press.


SeeClickFix provides web and mobile solutions for individuals to report and monitor non-emergency issues in their communities.


SocialBoost is a Ukrainian tech NGO focused on impact projects in the fields of open data, civic participation, and e-governance.

Sone Sie

The Sone Sie programme promotes inclusive, accountable and fair governance in Myanmar to underpin a more democratic, prosperous, and peaceful country.

Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

The Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV) is a non-profit think tank, based in Berlin, working on policy proposals for open data and other governance issues.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute actively advances the work of independent storytellers in film and theatre.

Tactical Technology Collective

Tactical Tech is a non-profit organisation working to advance the use of information and digital technologies by advocates and activists worldwide.

Tekkatho Foundation

The Tekkatho Foundation aims to advance education in Myanmar by providing digital libraries and other education infrastructure in areas with limited internet connectivity, and promoting exchanges, teaching placements, and research partnerships between educational institutions and international partners.

The AI Now Institute

AI Now is a research institute examining the social implications of artificial intelligence.

The B Team

The B Team is a non-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

The Bristol Cable

The Bristol Cable is a media cooperative created and owned by people in Bristol, England.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism holds power to account by tackling big subjects through deep reporting that uncovers the truth.

The Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe

The Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) is a local NGO seeking to promote citizen engagement and meaningful citizen participation in governance and other democratic processes.

The Correspondent

The Correspondent is the international expansion of the Dutch membership-based journalism model, De Correspondent, which works without income from advertising or sponsors. 

The Democratic Society

The Democratic Society (Demsoc) works for more and better democracy, where people and institutions have the desire, opportunity and confidence to participate together.”

The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative Fund

The Ethics and Governance of AI Fund aims to develop a shared understanding of ethical considerations and the societal impacts of AI and machine learning by supporting efforts to bridge gaps among the humanities, law and governance, social sciences, computing, and engineering.

The Federation, in partnership with the Co-op Foundation

The Federation is an open community and hub for digital and social innovators in Manchester, England.

The Ferret

The Ferret is an award-winning investigative journalism platform for Scotland and beyond.

The GovLab

 The GovLab aims to strengthen the ability of institutions – including but not limited to governments – and people to work more openly, collaboratively, effectively, and legitimately to make better decisions and solve public problems.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

ICIJ is a network of investigative journalists who collaborate to report global issues including cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power.

The Network in Defense of Digital Rights (R3D)

The Network in Defense of Digital Rights (R3D): A Mexican organisation dedicated to the defence of human rights in the digital environment focusing on freedom of expression, privacy, and access to knowledge. 

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project focuses on transnational investigative reporting and promoting technology-based approaches to exposing organised crime and corruption worldwide.

The Poynter Institute

Poynter is a global leader in journalism that seeks to advance the growing movement of fact-checking around the world through education, dialogue, and digital storytelling.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Program (SERAP)

SERAP uses human rights law to encourage the government and others in Nigeria to address developmental and human rights challenges such as corruption, poverty, inequality, and discrimination.

The Sun, the Moon and the Truth

The Sun, the Moon and the Truth is a television series in Myanmar that tells stories of legal cases that highlight conflict caused by injustice.

Transparency & Accountability Initiative

The Transparency & Accountability Initiative supports efforts to scale the impact of transparency and accountability interventions worldwide.

Transparency International (Brazil, Colombia and Mexico chapters)

Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption.

Transparency International EU

Transparency International EU aims to prevent corruption and promote integrity, transparency, and accountability in EU institutions, policies, and legislation.

Transparency International UK

Transparency International UK is committed to increasing the integrity of national institutions, minimising the effect of British corruption abroad, and combating corruption within the UK.

Unite Us

Unite Us designs, builds, and delivers best-in-class collaboration and coordination software that streamlines access to local resources, services, and care for veterans, military families, and other constituents in need of assistance.


Upturn promotes equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of digital technology. Their research and advocacy combines technical fluency and creative policy thinking to confront patterns of inequity, especially those rooted in race and poverty.

Urban Innovation Fund

The Urban Innovation Fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to startups creating scalable solutions to challenges facing urban dwellers.


Velocidad identifies and invests in promising news media startups in Latin America and accelerates their efforts to grow into thriving businesses.


WhereIsMyTransport aims to improve and integrate mobility in emerging markets to create connected people and smarter cities.


Wingu strengthens the work of non-profit organizations in Latin America through innovative technologies and agile methodologies.

World Wide Web Foundation

The World Wide Web Foundation was established by web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to advance the open web as a public good and a basic right.

Yangon Journalism School

Yangon Journalism School trains journalists to improve the quality and scope of reportage in Myanmar.


Zenysis builds the collaborative software that governments and international organisations need to confront some of the greatest challenges facing humanity.


Accountability Initiative

Accountability Initiative seeks to improve the quality of India’s public services by promoting informed and accountable governance.

African Media Initiative

The African Media Initiative strengthens Africa’s media sector through advocacy, investments, technology, and training.

California Immigrant Policy Center

The California Immigrant Policy Center is managing a research project to gain a much deeper and broader understanding of how Americans think about immigrants.

Center for Global Development

The Center for Global Development is a global think tank that leverages independent research and analysis to convert ideas into policies and programmes.

Center for Public Integrity

The award-winning Center for Public Integrity is one of the oldest and largest non-profit news organisations in the United States.

Center for Research and Teaching in Economics

The non-profit Center for Research and Teaching in Economics is using data-driven journalism to inform public policy debate in Mexico. 

Code for Africa

Code for Africa is a people-driven movement that aims to empower active society and strengthen civic watchdogs to help government shape and improve its services to people.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report news without fear.


DataKind harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity.

Development Initiatives

Development Initiatives works to end extreme poverty by making data and information on poverty and resources transparent, accessible, and useable.

Enough is Enough Nigeria

Enough is Enough Nigeria uses technology to promote transparency and public accountability in Nigeria.


FrontlineSMS revolutionises two-way group communication with free software.


Fundar is a civil society organisation that uses research and analysis to develop creative solutions to public problems for a just and participatory society.

Global Integrity

Global Integrity arms advocates, journalists, and society with information to drive governance reforms.

Global Voices

Global Voices serves as an online newsroom for voices from around the world.

Governance Data Alliance

The Governance Data Alliance represents over 40 organisations dedicated to improving the availability, quality, and usage of governance data.


Herdict is an online platform that crowdsources internet users’ reports of website inaccessibility and outages.


Infonet develops technology platforms that enable information-sharing and promote government transparency in Kenya.

Insight TWI: The World Investigates

Insight TWI connects local investigative journalists with technology, training and global audiences to expose crime and corruption around the world.

Instituto Cidade Democrática

Cidade Democrática facilitates crowdsourcing of innovative solutions to public sector problems, promoting civic participation in Brazil.


Involve helps civic organisations, politicians, and public officials to transform the way they engage with people.

Livity Africa

Livity Africa is transforming the next generation of South Africans through youth-created media platforms and social campaigns that engage and empower young people to act.

Mideast Youth

Mideast Youth uses digital media to amplify voices in the Middle East and North Africa.

Myitmakha News Agency

Myitmakha News Agency is an independent news agency that provides daily news and insights to TV and radio channels and local journals across Myanmar.


mySociety runs many of the best-known democracy and transparency websites in the UK.


NewsTrust enabled citizens to find and share trustworthy journalism online, promoting greater transparency in news reporting.

ONE Campaign

ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of nearly four million people, taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI)

The Open Myanmar Initiative promotes open data and society engagement through the use of technology and advocacy.


OpenOil aims to create an open data framework for managing natural resources at a supranational level.

Praekelt Foundation

The Praekelt Foundation develops innovative mobile solutions to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

Project Isizwe

Project Isizwe works to extend free wifi across low-income communities in South Africa and runs the Tobetsa content portal.

Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

POGO champions government transparency and accountability in the United States.

Proximity Designs

Proximity Designs is a social enterprise that designs products and services to help rural families in Myanmar achieve their goals.


Publica is Brazil’s first investigative reporting non-profit dedicated to exposing human rights violations and promoting open democracy.

Publish What You Fund

Publish What You Fund is a non-profit organisation that campaigns for aid transparency through more and better information about aid.

Refugees United

Refugees United uses technology to enable refugees to reunite with family.

Responsible Mining Foundation

The Responsible Mining Foundation is creating a Responsible Mining Index to assess the economic, environmental, social, and governance performance of 30 of the world’s largest mining companies.

Sahara Reporters

Sahara Reporters encourages journalists to publish evidence of corruption and human rights abuses in Nigeria.

Sunlight Foundation

Sunlight Foundation sheds light on government activities with data and technology.

Tax Justice Network Africa

The Tax Justice Network Africa is a pan-African initiative promoting socially just, democratic, and progressive taxation systems in Africa.

Transparency International Ukraine

Transparency International Ukraine is committed to fighting corruption in Ukraine by promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in public authorities and civil society.

Transparency International

Transparency International aims to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability, and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society.

TrustAfrica (ZimbabweAlliance Initiative)

The ZimbabweAlliance is a donor collaborative formed to seize the opportunity created by the constitutional reform process and general elections to strengthen the role of civil society in influencing Zimbabwe's transition to democracy and building a constituency for change.


An urban impact accelerator, Tumml supports early-stage companies that are developing innovative products and services to improve urban living.


Ushahidi bolsters transparency by enabling people-generated information reporting and sharing.


Veritas works to advance open government, democracy, constitutionalism, rule of law, justice, and human rights in Zimbabwe.


Viamo uses simple, low-cost technology for data collection and for the provision of public service information via mobile.


VoteRunLead is a national, non-partisan organisation that increases the number of women in political leadership in the United States through training, technology, and community.

Well Told Story

Well Told Story is an innovative, socially oriented media research and production company based in Kenya and focused on the positive transformation of young people in Africa.

World Federation of United Nations Associations

The World Federation of United Nations Associations is a global non-profit organisation representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations and their thousands of constituents.