Funding Structure & Sources

At present, GPPi is entirely project-funded. We do not have an endowment or core funding. The institute is financed through project grants, contractual work, and donations. Our main funders are various foundations, European governments, the European Commission, and a number of United Nations agencies. The diversity of our financial sources helps us to preserve our intellectual independence and ability to work across political divides – two prerequisites for fulfilling our mission. As a non-profit organization, we reinvest profits generated by commercial contracts into our research and debate activities. We ensure organizational cohesion through financial solidarity across projects and teams.

We welcome tax-deductible donations from individuals and institutions who share our mission and would like to support our work. For more information, please contact Wade Hoxtell.

Overview: GPPi’s Funding Sources by Funder Category and Year Since 2011


To preserve our intellectual freedom while forging partnerships with donors who want to support our work, GPPi applies the following four principles:

  1. GPPi values its intellectual freedom above all else and will not accept funding or rewards of any kind that seek to influence or control the direction, content, or findings of its research and projects. 
  2. GPPi is committed to democracy, and we do not accept funding from any actor or entity that is anti-democratic or beholden to anti-democratic actors. 
  3. GPPi does not engage in lobbying to influence specific legislation, will not arrange for donors to meet with officials, or accept demands that violate the institute’s independence.
  4. To ensure transparency, GPPi publishes an annual financial overview on its website and discloses all project funders.
Funding 2018 pie updated

Funding Distribution 2018

Multilateral & Regional Organizations: International Committee of the Red Cross; World Food Programme; UN Refugee Agency // Foundations: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung; Bertelsmann Foundation; Heinrich Böll Foundation; Jeyroudi Foundation; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; Open Society Foundations; Robert Bosch Stiftung; Volkswagen Stiftung // Governments: German Federal Foreign Office; Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit // Individual Donors: Various // NGOs: Phineo // Private Sector: IBM; Microsoft // Public Research Support: European Commission; European Recovery Programme; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research // Universities: Central European University

Funding 2017

Funding Distribution 2017

Multilateral & Regional Organizations: World Food Programme; European Commission // Foundations: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung; Bertelsmann Foundation; Fritz Thyssen Stiftung; Heinrich Böll Foundation; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; Open Society Foundations; Robert Bosch Stiftung; Stiftung Mercator; Volkswagen Stiftung // Governments: German Federal Foreign Office; German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; UK Department for International Development // Individual Donors: Various // NGOs: ONE Campaign; Oxfam; Swiss Peace // Private Sector: IBM; Microsoft; Nunatak Group // Public Research Support: European Recovery Programme; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; United States Institute of Peace // Universities: Central European University; Hertie School of Governance

Funding 2016 New

Funding Distribution 2016

Multilateral & Regional Organizations: European Commission; Red Cross Germany; World Food Programme // Foundations: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; Open Society Foundations; Robert Bosch Stiftung; Volkswagen Stiftung // Governments: European Recovery Programme; German Federal Foreign Office; Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; UK Department for International Development // Individual Donors: Various // NGOs: Build Up; Evangelical Academy Berlin; International Rescue Committee; ONE Campaign // Public Research Support: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; United States Institute of Peace // Universities: Central European University; Hertie School of Governance

Funding 2015

Funding Distribution 2015

Multilateral & Regional Organizations: European Commission; United Nations Global Compact; World Food Programme // Foundations: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung; Berghof Foundation; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung; German Foundation for Peace Research; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; Robert Bosch Stiftung; Volkswagen Stiftung // Governments: German Federal Foreign Office; Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; UK Department for International Development // Individual Donors: Various // NGOs: New America Foundation; Norwegian Refugee Council // Public Research Support: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; United States Institute of Peace // Universities: Central European University; Hertie School of Governance

Funding 2014

Funding Distribution 2014

Multilateral & Regional Organizations: European Commission; International Committee of the Red Cross; United Nations Global Compact; World Food Programme // Foundations: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; Open Society Foundations; Robert Bosch Stiftung; Volkswagen Stiftung // Governments: German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; UK Department for International Development // Individual Donors: Various // NGOs: New America Foundation; Norwegian Refugee Council // Public Research Support: New America Foundation; Norwegian Refugee Council