• Inform. Connect. Empower.

    We act to promote socio-economic progress and the rule of law worldwide

  • Who We Are

    We are the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s biggest news and information provider. We are registered as an independent charity both in the UK and in the USA.

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  • Our Programmes

    We promote socio-economic progress and the rule of law worldwide. Our programmes inform, connect and ultimately empower people around the world.

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  • Thought Leadership

    We bring together corporations, civil society, activists, philanthropists and top decision makers to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues.

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  • Our Impact

    We give a voice to the voiceless, put the rule of law behind human rights, and take action to strengthen the media and civil society around the world.

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  • Action Circle

    The Action Circle is a global philanthropic network dedicated to accelerating the impact of the Thomson Reuters Foundation around the world.

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  • Foundation Trains Leading Lebanese Reporters to Cover UK General Election for Audiences at Home

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  • The Thomson Reuters Foundation helped me uncover the loss of billions of dollars from the Egyptian economy. Then the law changed.

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  • South Asia Chief Correspondent takes home Journalist of the Year at 2017 SOPA Awards

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Who we are

We are the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s biggest news and information provider. We are registered as an independent charity both in the UK and in the USA.

A corporate foundation

We are geared to action. We leverage the know-how, reach and reputation of Thomson Reuters to run free programmes that promote the highest standards in journalism and spread excellence in the practice of legal pro bono worldwide. We act as a source of unbiased thought leadership in areas including slavery and human trafficking, women’s rights and the human impact of climate change.

A trusted connector

As the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, we are uniquely placed to engage businesses, governments, thought leaders and civil society, and forge strategic partnerships to tackle some of the world’s most pressing socio-economic issues. Our partners trust our expertise, values, and ability to deliver.

An impact multiplier

We do not give grants; we receive them to run free programmes and services that better equip people and organisations to drive positive change around the world. Our extensive reach and unique network allow us to amplify the impact of these grants given to us by individuals, corporations, and foundations. Our goal is to achieve impact at scale.

Our programmes

We promote socio-economic progress and the rule of law worldwide. Our programmes inform, connect and ultimately empower people around the world.

  • Under-Reported News

    We cover the news overlooked by mainstream media because it triggers debate and leads to fairer and better informed societies. All our stories are available for republication free of charge.
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  • TrustLaw

    We spread excellence in the practice of pro bono worldwide. We work with the world’s best law firms to provide free legal assistance and ground-breaking research to NGOs and social enterprises.
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  • Trust Conference

    We convene thought leaders, decision makers and activists to take action to fight modern slavery and put the rule of law behind human rights.
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  • Media Development

    We promote the highest standards in journalism by training reporters around the world to cover news accurately and impartially.
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  • Corporate Training

    We deliver innovative media training solutions to governments and organisations worldwide. All proceeds help fund our philanthropic activities.
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  • Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

    We fund the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, the world’s leading research centre for comparative journalism, and publisher of the Digital News Report.
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Thought Leadership

By strategically combining the power of our programmes we are able to provide unique expertise and offer high-impact solutions to tackle global issues.

Our primary thought leadership areas are:

We also make a significant contribution towards: Social Entrepreneurship, Land & Property Rights, Refugees Rights and LGBTQ Rights.

Our impact

We give a voice to the voiceless, put the rule of law behind human rights, and take action to strengthen the media and civil society around the world.

  • The Thomson Reuters Foundation helped me uncover the loss of billions of dollars from the Egyptian economy. Then the law changed.

    One Egyptian journalist – with support from the Foundation – uncovered a way in which companies could easily avoid tax in her country. Her investigation was then used to create a new law clamping down on tax avoidance.
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  • Ending child marriage in the US, one state at a time

    TrustLaw partnered with White & Case and advocacy group Unchained At Last to support their fight to pass legislation that would ban child marriage in the US.
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  • Protecting ‘Good Samaritans’ at road accidents

    A team of lawyers, led by Dechert, produced a comparative study of Good Samaritan laws in Europe, the US and Asia, to support the SaveLIFE Foundation in its advocacy efforts to pass new legislation in India and protect first responders to road accidents.
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Action Circle

The Action Circle is a global philanthropic network dedicated to accelerating the impact of the Thomson Reuters Foundation around the world. The exclusive network includes individuals and organisations who share our vision, values and commitment to action.

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Members include thought leaders, business executives, philanthropists, artists and impact investors. Together, they support the growth of the Thomson Reuters Foundation through contributing their time, talent and resources.

This unique and exceptional mix of people constitutes the basis for a dynamic network of strategic supporters allowing us to advance our mission to inform, connect and empower people around the world.

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