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How We’re Funded

MapLight is funded by grants from philanthropic foundations, donations from individuals, and revenue from our products and services. Transparency is a core value at MapLight, and we are proud to list our major donors.


We are deeply grateful to the foundations that enable us to serve the public good.
The following foundations have awarded grants to MapLight, over the past five fiscal years:

  • Beall Family Foundation

  • Blue Haven Initiative

  • Bright Horizon Fund

  • Cow Hollow Fund

  • Nathan Cummings Foundation

  • DiPaola Foundation

  • Edwards Family Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  • Fredricksen Green Foundation Fund

  • FThree Foundation

  • Gaia Fund

  • Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

  • Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

  • Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation

  • The James Irvine Foundation

  • The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

  • Kaphan Foundation

  • The Reva and David Logan Foundation

  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation

  • John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation

  • Open Society Foundations

  • Park Foundation

  • The Pick One Fund

  • Piper Action Fund, a Proteus Action League initiative

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  • WhyNot Initiative

  • Zero1derful Foundation, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation


A number of individuals have made large personal donations in support of our work for a better democracy. We want to recognize their generosity here and invite you to join their proud ranks. The following individuals have donated $5,000 or more to MapLight, over the past five fiscal years:

  • Laura and John Arnold

  • Matt and Cindy Cutts

  • Ranae DeSantis

  • James Heerwagen and Hilary Schneider

  • Larry Hitchon

  • John R. Koza

  • Craig Newmark

  • O’Farrell-Principe Family

  • Alvin W. Smith


MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In the spirit of transparency, we make our federal tax returns available here. Select from the list of tax years below for a downloadable copy.

Federal Tax Returns (IRS form 990)

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