How The Wire is Funded

The Wire's newsroom. Credit: Akhil Kumar

The Wire’s newsroom. Credit: Akhil Kumar

The Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ) – the non-profit company that publishes The Wire – is pleased to announce the receipt of Rs 1.95 crore from the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation in the form of a grant commencing August 2016. A second tranche of Rs 1.75 crore was received  in March 2017, bringing the total funding from the IPSMF to Rs 3.7 crore.

From its inception till now, the running expenses for The Wire have been covered by its founders and by donations from individual readers and well-wishers. The Wire’s Science coverage is fully funded by specifically earmarked contributions from Rohan Murty, who made a first grant of Rs 50 lakh in December 2015 and a follow-up grant of the same amount in May 2017.

The IPSMF grant will partially cover our running expenses for one year and help us bring to our readers the kind of high quality public-interest journalism they have come to expect of The Wire.

As a not-for-profit media venture, The Wire is dependent on donations from readers and philanthropically-minded individuals (who, by law, must be Indian citizens) for the bulk of its revenue.

The FIJ would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have made donations and would like to appeal to The Wire‘s readers and supporters to help supplement the money raised so far with contributions, large and small, to help us meet current and future expenditure.

You can donate to us online via Instamojo. If you prefer cheques, please make yours payable to the Foundation for Independent Journalism and mail it to:

The Wire
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About the Foundation for Independent Journalism

The Wire is owned and published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ), a not-for-profit company registered under Section 8 of the Company Act, 2013, with CIN U74140DL2015NPL285224. Its registered office is in New Delhi, India. The FIJ is registered under Section12AA (a) of the IT Act, 1961, and its registration number is DEL – FR25178 – 14062016 of the register maintained in the office of the Commissioner of Income Tax (E).

About IPS Media Foundation

Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation is a public charitable trust registered vide a trust deed executed on July 1, 2015, as document No. 99 IV (15-16) dated July 1, 2015, at the office of the Sub-Registrar, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka. IPSMF has been registered under Section 12AA (a) of the IT Act, 1961 and its registration number is CIT(E)/BLR/12A/M-134/AABT12413E/ITO(E)-1/ Vol 2015-2016 with effect from 08.01.2016. IPSMF has also been granted approval under section 80G (5) (vi) of the IT Act 1961 with effect from 08.01.2016 (Approval no: CIT(E)/BLR/80G/M-135/AABT12413E/ITO(E)-1/ Vol 2015-2016).


    The publication of wide-ranging articles on various topics makes the wire readable by all sections of society. It’s funding transparency is a welcome step and should be appreciated. Hopefully, the site would cover a lot more topics and standard papers and research articles beside poetry, stories, literary criticism, music, philosophy and psychology and so on.

  • Anjan Basu

    You are right! The Wire is rapidly filling up a void in the Indian journalistic landscape that was crying out for attention. Everyday, The Wire’s editors have been raising the bar steadily, and already it has started becoming more difficult for inept and inane journalistic amateurs to sell their wares to a discerning reading public. Great work, this, by The Wire and our best good wishes go with them!

  • Marcy Newman

    It’s great to see such transparency. But isn’t true that residents of India who are not citizens (eg OCI, PIO) are allowed to donate funds to Indian nonprofits?

  • Kiran Urs

    Being the hopeless information addicts that I am , its refreshing to vist your well laid out websitefree from ads , click baits and all the crap due to which we started using adblockers.I hope that you continue to work in an independent way and publish more news & articles on a wide range of topics incuding but not limited to public-interest journalism.Wish you all the best for the future.