Reporting Global Tech Stories

Our Supporters

Since its inception, Rest of World has been funded by the generous philanthropic support of founder Sophie Schmidt, who founded the publication in 2019.

Additional support

Ford Foundation

In March 2023, Rest of World received a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to expand its mission of covering the impact of tech by highlighting the experiences of everyday people. The grant, which is made available through the Ford Foundation’s Future of Work(ers) program, will fund a one-year reporting fellowship at Rest of World designed to support the publication as it deepens its coverage of tech’s relationship with labor, and report on the influence tech has on both the nature of work and the state of workers. Rest of World is entirely responsible for selecting and hiring the reporting fellows under this fellowship.

How to get involved

Charitable Gifts

As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt private foundation, Rest of World welcomes grants and charitable gifts from individuals and institutions. Our editorial judgment is made independently and is not influenced by funding organizations or donors.

Your gift can support:

  • General support for our newsroom and organization
  • More in-depth coverage of an existing beat
  • Reporting fellowships aimed at amplifying marginalized voices
  • A fixed-term partnership with a regional outlet
  • Resources to support investigative journalism

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