The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $886,600 over two years to theguardian.org to support journalism on factory farming and farm animal cruelty. Theguardian.org has stated that it will regrant the funds to The Guardian newspaper, which will allow The Guardian to increase its reporting output on issues related to factory farming, including publishing approximately one article per week as well as the creation of multimedia content. In keeping with The Guardian’s journalistic and transparency standards, all supported content will be clearly labeled and the Open Philanthropy Project will have no editorial control over the content ultimately published.
Open Philanthropy's Program Officer for Farm Animal Welfare, Lewis Bollard, considers this grant both an opportunity to learn valuable lessons about the efficacy of media sponsorship, as well as an opportunity to increase the salience of farm animal welfare issues amongst influential journalists, policymakers, and business leaders.
This grant falls within Open Philanthropy's work on farm animal welfare.