Chatham House benefits from a wide range of philanthropic, research-related and membership support. This diversity of global support is critical to the independence of the institute.

Non-profit Organization

Chatham House is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 208223) and a non-profit organization. The institute has been granted foreign 501(c)3 equivalency status with the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Funding Guidelines and Principles

To safeguard the continuing independence and objectivity of its research, events, publications and other outputs, Chatham House staff and its Council uphold the principles of integrity, independence, objectivity and accountability in accepting any funds. This approach ensures that all of our activities contribute to the institute’s mission and public benefit. 

The institute receives no subsidy from the UK government or any other source.

Chatham House’s Principles for Independent Research and Convening

Funding to Chatham House in 2014/15

Full list of Chatham House donors in 2014/15


Research funding accounted for 59% (£8.5m) of Chatham House’s income in 2014-15. Currently over 138 different organizations, including government departments, private foundations and companies from around the world support the institute’s research activity through sponsorship of specific projects and events, or via core support of a department, programme or centre. For more information on funders of individual areas of research, please visit the following webpages:

Area Studies and International Law Department

Energy, Environment and Resources Department

International Economics Department

International Security Department

Centre on Global Health Security

Membership and Philanthropic Support

Corporate and Individual Membership and philanthropic support accounted for 22% (£3.2m) of Chatham House’s income in 2014-15. Income from of these sources provides important discretionary funding that enables the institute to maintain its independence.

Chatham House currently has approximately 3,000 individual members and over 350 corporate members comprising private companies, government departments, embassies and high commissions, universities and academic institutions, media organizations and NGOs.

More information on membership

Events and Conferences, Publications and Investment Income

Events and Conferences accounted for 11% (£1.7m) of the institute’s income in 2014-15.This includes income from delegate fees and sponsorship of conferences, in addition to sponsorship of the Chatham House Prize and other high profile events. Publications accounted for 4% (£0.5m), primarily from royalties for International Affairs and subscriptions to The World Today. Income from the institute’s investments and rental income (other) accounted for 4% (£0.6m) in 2014-15.

Funding from the Tobacco Industry

Chatham House does not accept funding from the tobacco industry. The institute took this decision in accordance with its funding guidelines Principles for Independent Research and Convening and in light of the United Nations Compact on Tobacco. 

Representatives from the tobacco industry may be invited to Chatham House events on occasion where their presence would make a contribution to a given discussion in line with the institute’s Charter and by-laws objective to foster open and free debate. This, however, does not apply to events organized by the institute’s Centre for Global Health Security

Financial Transparency Ranking

In 2016 the Transparify rankings, which rated the financial transparency of 200 think tanks in 47 countries, gave Chatham House four stars out of five for the quality of the public information about our sources of funding. The creation of this section of the website is one of the steps Chatham House has taken to be more accessible about information on its funding and the institute is fully committed to improving how we record and report our sources of income.  


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