Funder acknowledgments and disclosure principles

The Economic Policy Institute’s funding and disclosure principles are designed to support our mission of advancing policy solutions that improve the lives of American workers and their families. By consistently providing credible, reliable data and policy analyses, we have earned a reputation for integrity, quality, and methodological transparency in our research. These principles guard our reputation so that policymakers, opinion leaders, advocates, journalists, and the public can continue to rely on our work to understand and explain how the economy and economic policy affect ordinary Americans. We are grateful to our funders and the partners who work with us to make a difference in today’s critical economic debates. Our funding and disclosure principles are:

Research independence. Effective public policymaking relies on academically rigorous independent analyses. EPI researchers and authors are solely responsible for their research conclusions and policy recommendations and have the final say on their work. EPI provides both external and internal reviews as part of the publications process. EPI welcomes comments and clarifications from all informed parties to enhance the quality, salience, relevance, and clarity of our work. EPI researchers and author(s) determine how and whether to respond to suggestions by reviewers.

Funding diversity. EPI’s funding base is diverse. A majority of our funding comes in the form of foundation grants. EPI also receives support from labor unions, individuals, corporations, and other organizations.

Sources of EPI funding

Source Share of funding
Foundations 50%
Unions 29%
Individuals 10%
Organizations/Corporations 9%
Other 2%


Based on figures from 2013-2016 data.

Donor disclosure. All contributions of $500 or more will be listed on an annual basis. This list includes foundations, businesses, labor organizations, and individuals giving general support, program support, and support for specific reports, activities, and events. The donors will be listed by their annual funding level, based on their aggregate support. Each organization will automatically be listed unless it requests anonymity, in which case it will appear as “anonymous.” Each individual will be listed by name unless he or she asks to be listed as anonymous.

EPI 2015 Donor Acknowledgment List

$250,000 and up
Alliance for American Manufacturing
American Federation of Teachers
The Atlantic Philanthropies
Ford Foundation
National Education Association
Peter G. Peterson Foundation

$100,000 to $249,999
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
The Bauman Foundation
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Open Society Foundations
Service Employees International Union
Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation
United Auto Workers
Surdna Foundation
United Steelworkers
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

$50,000 to $99,999
AEGIS Europe
The Arca Foundation
Center for Popular Democracy
Communications Workers of America
F.B. Heron Foundation
Just Jump Films
Public Welfare Foundation
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
United Food and Commercial Workers

$10,000 to $49,999
Amalgamated Transit Union
American Federation of Government Employees
American Income Life Insurance Company
The American Prospect
The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation
Blue Engine Message & Media
The Charles and Francene Rodgers Charitable Fund
European Bicycle Manufacturers Association
Fiscal Policy Institute
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Keystone Research Center
Massachusetts Communities Action Network
National Association of Letter Carriers
National Employment Law Project
Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation
Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Schott Foundation for Public Education
SEIU Colorado State Council
Spencer Foundation
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry

$1,000 to $9,999
William B. Alsup III
American Association of Retired Persons
American Postal Workers Union
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union
Barry Bluestone
Jules Bernstein and Linda Lipsett
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Robert Cherry
CrossCurrents Foundation
Cornell University
Anita Dunn
Entrust Capital Management LP
Robert Gordon
Edward Herman
Howard University
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Marilyn Jones and Mitchell Kaplan
Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Claire and Larry Morse
National Nurses United
National Postal Mail Handlers Union
Nauticon Imaging Systems, Inc.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
New Directions Foundation
New Partners Consulting
Outten & Golden LLP
Pennsylvania State Education Association Staff Organization
The Peter T. Joseph Foundation
PEW Charitable Trusts – Matching Gifts
Restaurant Opportunities Centers
Ana and Alejandro Ruelas
Fred Schreiber
SEIU Local 32BJ
Donald and Joan Sherman
Lawrence Summers
Philippe and Kate Villers
The Wessel Foundation
Suzanne and Marc Winkelman
Emil Yappert
Anonymous (3)

$500 – $999
James Aldrete
Henry Bayer
Mary Bergan
Elliot Carlen
Center for Economic Organizing
Deborah Chalfie
Holly Fechner
Geoffrey Garin and Debbie Berkowitz
Daniel Gillmor
Cathy Hurwit
Christopher Jencks
Stephen Levy
Bob Lucore
Daniel Luria
Lisa Lynch
Thomas R. Michaud
Guy Molyneux
Frank Roosevelt
Richard Rothstein
Greg Tarpinian
Kathi Thonet
Ama Torrance
Charles Winters
Anonymous (5)