About us

We act to promote socio-economic progress and the rule of law worldwide.

History

For over three decades, we have been informing, connecting and empowering people around the world through our free programmes and services.

1983The Reuters Foundation is created to advance and promote the highest standards in journalism worldwide through media training and humanitarian reporting.

1997The Foundation launches AlertNet, a humanitarian news service. AlertNet was set up in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide as a response to poorly coordinated aid agency activities on the ground.

2004Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Reuters Foundation launches Aswat Al Iraq, the country’s first independent news service.

2006The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is established at the University of Oxford with core funding from the Reuters Foundation.

2008The Reuters Foundation becomes the Thomson Reuters Foundation following the acquisition of Reuters by the Thomson Corporation.

2008Monique Villa is appointed CEO and begins a complete overhaul of the organisation focusing on high-impact programmes and initiatives.

2009The Foundation’s editorial coverage expands to cover women’s rights and the human impact of climate change.

2010Following the Haiti earthquake, Emergency Information Service (EIS) is launched to deliver information about vital assistance to local populations.

2010The Foundation launches TrustLaw, a global pro bono programme providing NGOs and social enterprises with free legal assistance and research.

2011Ahead of Egypt’s first elections, the Foundation launches Aswat Masriya, an independent digital news platform providing impartial reporting on the political transition.

2012Monique Villa is named one of the world’s most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere.

2012The Foundation hosts the first Trust Women conference in London, gathering Nobel Laureates, NGO leaders, activists and lawyers to take action to advance women’s rights. One day is dedicated to shedding light on the unknown issue of human trafficking and modern slavery.

2013The Foundation's editorial coverage expands to human trafficking and corruption.

2013The Source, Zimbabwe’s first business news digital platform launches.

2013The Foundation delivers its first commercial training courses.

2014The Foundation's editorial coverage expands to food sustainability.

2014The Foundation partners with DFID, ODI and others to launch the Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Programme.

2014Launch of U.S. Bankers Alliance by Monique Villa and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to fight human trafficking with financial data.

2015Launch of Myanmar Now, the country’s first independent news service.

2015First Trust Women regional spin-off is co-hosted with Thomson Reuters in Hong-Kong under the name Trust Forum Asia.

2016Trust Forum Asia is held in Singapore.

2016Creation of PLACE, an online news portal with 10 journalists dedicated to covering land and property rights.

2016Launch of the Stop Slavery Award with Anish Kapoor. Trust Women gathers 600 delegates from over 50 countries.

2017Trust Women becomes the Trust Conference.

2017Zilient, the first-of-its kind platform for resilience practitioners is launched in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.

2017Trust Conference / America Forum is held in Washington D.C.

2017Launch of the European Bankers Alliance.

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Funding

We support our work through a combination of core annual donation from Thomson Reuters , other donations and sponsorships, through external funding from other organisations as well as grants specifically dedicated to supporting our core programmes.

All proceeds from our income-generating commercial activities are reinvested in the Foundation’s philanthropic activities.

How we raised our funding in 2016:

Donations

The Foundation received an annual donation of £4M in 2016 from Thomson Reuters to support its core programmes. It also received donations from other corporations, law firms, individuals and through legacies

Programme funding

Income received to support the organisation’s core programmes. Funders over £50K in the financial year included:

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
The Rockefeller Foundation
Omidyar Network Fund
C&A Foundation
Deutsche Bank
American Jewish World Service
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
World Vision UK
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Gifts in kind

Donations of services and facilities from third parties include office space, advertising, and support staff from Thomson Reuters, professional services from other corporations, and support with our marketing and advertising.

Income-generating commercial activities

The Foundation carries out media and journalism training through its trading arm Reuters Foundation Consultants Ltd. All profits raised are reinvested back into Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The Foundation is grateful to:

The Foundation is grateful to all our partners and supporters. Those contributing more than £25K for Trust Women included: White & Case, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), The Stardust Foundation, Humanity United, Baker & McKenzie, AB InBev and Swarovski.

We are also deeply grateful for the generous support of Friends of the Foundation. Those contributing more than £25K included: Linklaters.

Leadership

  • Management Team
  • Board of Trustees
  • TRF Inc. Trustees
    • Monique Villa

      Chief Executive Officer
    • Antonio Zappulla

      Chief Operating Officer
    • Serena Grant

      Director, TrustLaw
    • Nick Glicher

      Director, TrustLaw
    • Belinda Goldsmith

      Editor in Chief
    • Antoine Cardi

      Chief Technology Officer
    • Nicolas Bellet

      Director, Media Development
    • Seema Soni

      Chief Financial Officer
    • Aditi Thorat

      Director of Development
    • David Binet

      Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Woodbridge Company
    • Stephen Adler

      President and Editor-in-Chief, Reuters
    • Mavinder Banga

      Partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Non-Executive Director Board, Thomson Reuters
    • David Craig

      President of the Financial & Risk business, Thomson Reuters
    • Lawton Fitt

      Corporate Director, Thomson Reuters
    • Geert Linnebank

      Former Reuters Editor-in-Chief
    • Eileen Lynch

      Senior Vice President and head of Global Brand Marketing, Thomson Reuters
    • Ken Olisa

      Chairman of Restoration Partners and Corporate Director, Thomson Reuters
    • Susan Taylor Martin

      President, Legal business, Thomson Reuters
    • Sir Crispin Tickell

      Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford University
    • Peter Warwick

      Chief People Officer, Thomson Reuters
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation Inc. is a registered not-for-profit organisation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Federal Tax ID # 13-4192037. Thomson Reuters Foundation Inc. retains full control and discretion over the use of funding.

    • Courtney Diesel O’Donnell

      Head of External Affairs at Airbnb
    • Annya Schiffrin

      Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs
    • Elizabeth Freeman

      Senior Brand and Marketing Strategist
    • Peter Warwick

      Chief People Officer, Thomson Reuters

Awards

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has received a number of awards in recognition of its work across multiple sectors and mediums.

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