Funding Transparency


Undark is primarily funded through the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, an independently endowed program devoted to cultivating and enhancing journalistic coverage of science in the public interest. As a publication, we operate under the auspices of the KSJ@MIT’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Undark may accept additional small gifts or grants from individuals or journalism foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. But all of Undark’s news judgments are made independently by listed editorial staff members, and are not based on or influenced by our principal funder, outside donors, or any revenue source. Funders do not have the right, and are never extended the right, to assign, review, or edit any of Undark’s work.

As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of advisors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

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