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


For over three decades, we have been informing, connecting and empowering people around the world through our free programmes and services.

1983The Reuters Foundation is created to advance and promote the highest standards in journalism worldwide through media training and humanitarian reporting.

1997The Foundation launches AlertNet, a humanitarian news service. AlertNet was set up in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide as a response to poorly coordinated aid agency activities on the ground.

2004Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Reuters Foundation launches Aswat Al Iraq, the country’s first independent news service.

2006The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is established at the University of Oxford with core funding from the Reuters Foundation.

2008The Reuters Foundation becomes the Thomson Reuters Foundation following the acquisition of Reuters by the Thomson Corporation.

2008Monique Villa is appointed CEO and begins a complete overhaul of the organisation focusing on high-impact programmes and initiatives.

2009The Foundation’s editorial coverage expands to cover women’s rights and the human impact of climate change.

2010Following the Haiti earthquake, Emergency Information Service (EIS) is launched to deliver information about vital assistance to local populations.

2010The Foundation launches TrustLaw, a global pro bono programme providing NGOs and social enterprises with free legal assistance and research.

2011Ahead of Egypt’s first elections, the Foundation launches Aswat Masriya, an independent digital news platform providing impartial reporting on the political transition.

2012Monique Villa is named one of the world’s most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere.

2012The Foundation hosts the first Trust Women conference in London, gathering Nobel Laureates, NGO leaders, activists and lawyers to take action to advance women’s rights. One day is dedicated to shedding light on the unknown issue of human trafficking and modern slavery.

2013The Foundation's editorial coverage expands to human trafficking and corruption.

2013The Source, Zimbabwe’s first business news digital platform launches.

2013The Foundation delivers its first commercial training courses.

2014The Foundation's editorial coverage expands to food sustainability.

2014The Foundation partners with DFID, ODI and others to launch the Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Programme.

2014Launch of U.S. Bankers Alliance by Monique Villa and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to fight human trafficking with financial data.

2015Launch of Myanmar Now, the country’s first independent news service.

2015First Trust Women regional spin-off is co-hosted with Thomson Reuters in Hong-Kong under the name Trust Forum Asia.

2016Trust Forum Asia is held in Singapore.

2016Creation of PLACE, an online news portal with 10 journalists dedicated to covering land and property rights.

2016Launch of the Stop Slavery Award with Anish Kapoor. Trust Women gathers 600 delegates from over 50 countries.

2017Trust Women becomes the Trust Conference.

2017Zilient, the first-of-its kind platform for resilience practitioners is launched in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.

2017Trust Conference / America Forum is held in Washington D.C.

2017Launch of the European Bankers Alliance.



Our work is supported by an annual donation from Thomson Reuters and via grants specifically dedicated to supporting our core services, as well as by the generosity of our external donors and sponsors

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All proceeds from our income-generating commercial activities are reinvested in the Foundation’s philanthropic activities.

How we raised our funding in 2018:


The Foundation would like to thank the Thomson Reuters Group for its continuing support to the Foundation's core programmes in 2018. Total donations (including Gifts in Kind) from the TR Group amounted to £6.9M in 2018.

Programme funding

The Foundation would like to thank all funders for income received in 2018 to support its core programmes. Funders over £100K in 2018 included:

Omidyar Network Fund
The Rockefeller Foundation
C&A Foundation
The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
UBS Optimus Foundation
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation

Gifts in kind

Donations of services and facilities from third parties include office space, advertising and support staff from the Thomson Reuters Group, professional services from other corporations and support with our marketing and advertising.

Income-generating commercial activities

The Foundation carries out media and journalism training through its trading arm Reuters Foundation Consultants Ltd. All profits raised are reinvested back into Thomson Reuters Foundation.


  • Management Team
  • Board of Trustees
  • TRF Inc. Trustees
    • Antonio Zappulla

      Chief Executive Officer
    • Nick Glicher

      Chief Operating Officer
    • Rommel Moseley

      Global Development Director
    • Belinda Goldsmith

      Editor in Chief
    • Antoine Cardi

      Chief Technology Officer
    • Jenny Vereker

      Director of Communications
    • Seema Soni

      Chief Financial Officer
    • Tendik Tynystanov

      Director of Strategy & Impact
    • Glen Tarman

      Director of TrustLaw
    • Aditi Thorat

      Director of Development
    • David Binet

      Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Woodbridge Company
    • Stephen Adler

      Editor-in-Chief, Reuters
    • Lawton Fitt

      Director, Ciena Corporation
    • Susan Gibson

    • Carla Jones

      Senior Vice President, Thomson Reuters
    • Geert Linnebank

      Former Reuters Editor-in-Chief
    • Eileen Lynch

      Chief Marketing Officer, Refinitiv
    • Brian Peccarelli

      COO - Customer Markets, Thomson Reuters
    • Peter Warwick

      Former Chief People Officer, Thomson Reuters
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation Inc. is a registered not-for-profit organisation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Federal Tax ID # 13-4192037. Thomson Reuters Foundation Inc. retains full control and discretion over the use of funding.

    • Courtney Diesel O’Donnell

      Head of External Affairs at Airbnb
    • Annya Schiffrin

      Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs
    • Elizabeth Freeman

      Senior Brand and Marketing Strategist
    • Peter Warwick

      Former Chief People Officer, Thomson Reuters


The Thomson Reuters Foundation has received a number of awards in recognition of its work across multiple sectors and mediums.

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