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The Media Foundation has received grants from both organisations and individuals.

Ongoing grants/donations

The Media Foundation

The Foundation received a donation of Rs 1 lakh from the Raza Foundation for its annual event in March 2017.

The website:

For the financial year 2017-18 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 30 lakh for the running of The Hoot website from the Lal Family Foundation.

For the financial year 2017-18 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the running of The Hoot website from Latika Padgaonkar.

For the financial year 2017-18 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 50,000 for the running of the Hoot from Nandita Ray.

For the financial year 2016-17 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 9 lakh from Google for research on speech and content issues relevant in the evolving digital world.  

For the financial year 2016-17 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 10 lakh from Nilekani Philanthropies.

For the financial year 2016-17 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 30 lakh from the Lal Family Foundation.

In April 2015 The Media Foundation has received a grant of Rs 28 lakh from the Vikram Sarabhai Foundation as financial support for the year 2015-16. In January 2015 and  October 2014 it received grants of Rs 4.5 lskh per quarter for running the Hoot. We have received two earlier grants of Rs 4.5 lakh each from the Vikram Sarabhai Foundation in April and July 2014. 

The Media Foundation has received a donation of Rs 5 lakh to run the Hoot from the philanthropy initiative of Rohini Nilekani in October 2013.

We have received an individual donation of Rs 1.5 lakh from Nandita Ray. 

From March  2013 the editorial contributions to The Hoot  are only paid out of  donations  by Indians including high net worth individuals.

Research:  The Media Foundation has received a grant of   Rs 57,99,547.00 in December 2013 and  Rs  59,02,028 in June 2012  from the Ford Foundation  to conduct a two year, study  across the country on how digitisation of the public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati will affect low income group viewers  in five states in India. The study has several aspects including field research in 19 districts in 5 states, content analysis, content mapping, and financial analysis of Prasar Bharati kendras. The study period ends in May 31, 2014

Databases and workshops: The Hoot has received a grant of Rs 42 lakh in February 2012  from Google for its Free Speech Hub, to create databases on the site which will be useful to journalists, and to hold workshops for students and journalists.

Past grants

The Hoot received a grant Rs 12.21 lakh in May 2012 from Hivos for running the Hoot.  It also received a grant of Euros 30,000 in October 2011 from Hivos strengthening the services offered by the site and for its redesign.

The site received a grant of $ 30,000 from the Ford Foundation in May 2010 to support its editorial costs. It has received a further grant of $50,000 from Ford in June 2011 to support the website.

The Hoot also received a grant of $ 22,000 in January 2010 from Google.org to set up the Free Speech Hub.

Other organisations which have supported the site so far are the National Foundation for India, Panos,  and a British charity which prefers to remain unnamed.

Initial support for this portal came from UNESCO, and from individuals.

 

Crowd Sourcing

Crowd sourced funding to support the Hoot.org has come from individuals giving small amounts.

We began our crowd sourcing in October 2013, and the following have donated Rs 3.8 lakh so far:

Anush Shetty
Chetanya Malik
Vijay Ramachandran
Nandita Ray
A contributor
A contributor
Sanjay Bhandarkar
Simin Akhter
Sachin Punalekar
Rupa Jaiswal
Jyoti Swaroop Pandey
Harin Buch
Aruna Chandrasekhar
Anjan Mitra
Aunohita Mazumdar
Saurabh Bhattacharjee
Dr Pradosh Kumar Rath
Sumeet Nihalani
Y Markandeya
Vivek Ananth
V B Arora
Vivek Pandey
A contributor
A contributor
Aparna
Sundar Thomas 
Anshul Tewari
Ravikrishnan R Sree
Geeta Seshu
Shravan Garg
Ravi Kiran Edara
A contributor
Anand vardhan
A journalist
Ranjan Reddy
Geeta Seshu
Ponnanna MN
Shahid Aman
Mohammed Iqbal
Anshul
A jounalist
Anjali Puri
An editor
B Ramakrishna
Anonymous
Rajkumar S
B Sateesh Kumar
Sharad Jain
Abid Azad
Jennifer Alexander
Maya Ranganathan
William Crawley
Kinnera Murthy
Sreekant Khandekar
Prateek Shah
Abdaal M Akhtar
D Venkata Raghavan
Chaitra Shreepad Hegde
Rajiv Gupta
Ramesh
U S Yadhunandan
M Madhava Prasad
Nikhil Tyagi
K Syam Prasad
Vinayak
Purushothaman
Rakesh Krishnamoorthy Iyer
Chellaram
Krishna Kumar S
Nachiket Udupa
Padmaja Shaw
Kaushal
Anil Kumar Ramchandran
Sarthak Verma
Arun Kumar N
Aniket Alam
Aruna Chandrasekhar
Vipul Vivek
Arun Pandey
Gurram Kartheek 

 

Earlier individual contributions:

All those individuals who have contributed over the years to keep the Hoot going are listed below. The contributions have ranged from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 300. We are grateful to them all.

One lakh and above

V Ravichandar

Kiron Shah

Vikram and Anita Lal

The JK Singhania Group

Fali Nariman

Raju Narisetti

Nandita Ray

The  S P Singh Trust

Om Prakash Vaish and Manju Vaish

 

Rs 50,000-1 lakh

In memory of N S Jagannathan

B G Verghese

Nitin Desai

 

Rs 25,000-50,000

LC Jain

Soli Sorabjee

 

Rs 10,000 to 25,000

Nupur Basu

Geeta Seshu

Vineeta Deepak

Ashok Haribhai Desai

Padmaja Shaw

R R Joshi

Rajiv Mehrotra

D N Patodia

Dilip Rangachari

Suhasini Haidar

Tarlochan Singh

A contributor

 

Rs 5000 to 10,000

Darryl D'Monte

Shravan Garg

Sajan Venniyoor

Ashok Chandran

A Davidson

Malayala Manorama Group

Mannika Chopra

Panos Institute

PP Rao

Pradip Thomas

Prasun Sonwalkar

Rahul Goswami and Vidya Heble

Sanskriti Foundation

Susan Dhavle

Shailaja Bajpai

 

Rs 300-5000

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Ashoke Chatterjee

Usha Rai

Shubha Singh

H K Dua

Pamela Philipose

Jai Chandiram

Abid Hussain

A journalist

Aditi Kapoor

Ajay Kumar and Gouri Salvi

Ajit Bhattacharya

Aakar Patel

Akshay Deshpande

Anjali Deshpande

Ammu Joseph

Ashok Dey

Ashwin Mahesh 

Aunohita Mazumdar 

Anshuman Rane,

B A Sridhara,

B G Verghese

Bharati Sadasivam

C G Manjula

Dasu Krishnamoorty

Dinesh C Sharma

E Sompalan

Frederick Noronha

Gouri Chatterjee

Hara Prasad Padhi

Jaya Uttamchandani

Jim Hodgetts

Jose Kochuparampil

K S Parthasarathy

K S Sudeep

Kalyan Raman

Kanchan Kaur

Kanchan K Malik

Khashif Khusro

Kishwar Ahluwalia

Kripa Sridharan

L C Jain

Lalitha Sridhar

Lata Jishnu

Latika Padgaonkar

Laxmi Murthy

Lea Terhune

Lorenzo Amberg

Manjula Lal

Manjeet Kripalani

Mukul Dube

Malavika Kaul

Meena Menon

Mohammad Shehzad

Mrinal Talukdar

N S Jagannathan

Namitha Deepak

Nupur Basu

Pankaj Sekhsaria

Pradosh Kumar Rath

Shantala Dharmaraj

Sujata Banerjee

Partho Ganguly

Pradyuman Maheshwari

Pran Chopra

Prasun Sonwalkar

Press Institute of India

Ramesh Ramchandran

Ranjona Banerji

Ratna Rajaiah

Rosella Stephen

S R Ramanujan

S Srinivasan

Sajan Venniyoor

Sanjaya Mishra

Shama Futehally and Javed Chaudhury

Shantala Dharmaraj

Shekhar Gupta

Subramaniam Vincent

Sudipto Mundle

Swaminathan  Anklesaria Aiyar

TCA Srinivasa and Jayanti Raghavan

TSRK Sastry

Teresa Thomas

Uma Iyer

Usha Raman

Vasuki Belawadi

Vidya Subramaniam

Vijay Nambisan

Vijaylakshmi Hegde,

Y Bal Murali Krishna

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