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Charitable nature of our work

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Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise (No. 9489) and registered company limited by guarantee (No. 07649656). Our articles of association include a non-profit clause and an asset lock and there are no shareholders.

We pursue charitable objectives that fulfil the public benefit criteria set out by the Charity Commission and align with the ‘advancement of human rights’ charitable purpose set out in the Charities Act 2011.

In the United Kingdom, charitable foundations are able to support our work under guidance issued by the Charity Commission in October 2017, which makes it clear that:

“A charity can grant fund the support costs of activities, services or outcomes delivered by another organisation that is not a charity…”
Charity Commission, 2017

Our work is guided by our ethical policy and values statement, and we have refused to work with organisations on the basis of these positions, including not working with anyone with links to the arms trade or extractive industries, for example.

For the above reasons, Oak Foundation, the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, the Marmot Charitable Trust, the Philamonic Trust and the Network for Social Change have all treated Open Briefing’s work as charitable in nature.

In the United States, Ford Foundation and National Endowment for Democracy have assessed Open Briefing to be the equivalent of a US tax-exempt organisation.


Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS