Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fourth Estate PBC?

The Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation is a global non-partisan, multi-stakeholder membership organization working to foster, support and incubate a free press worldwide through a variety of programs, initiatives and member targeted services.

Where do you work?

We are a global and virtual organization with members worldwide. Our headquarters are in Washington DC and we maintain technical operations in countries that are well ranked in various press freedom indices.

How is the Fourth Estate funded?

We are a fully independent organization responsible for raising its own income . We accomplish this through a variety of methods including – but not limited to – member dues and equity contributions, sponsorship, the services that we offer, products we sell, and events we produce. We do not accept government funding of any kind.

What is a public benefit corporation?

A Public Benefit Corporation, is a designation that means that we are a for-profit entity with a concrete public benefit purpose that comes first in our charter purposes. More simply: We put our mission before profits.

How is the Fourth Estate governed and controlled?

Our Constitution that establishes our identity and sovereignty. It enumerates our purpose and structure. We are governed by our Bylaws which dictate the process and procedures of our operation, and are intended to ensure equity and fairness in all proceedings. Our Core Principles are guidelines for all of our members.

How was the Fourth Estate established?

The original concept for the Fourth Estate was conceived in 2010 as a crazy idea coming out of Journalism That Matters, Create or Die.

Is the Fourth Estate affiliated with a government, political party or other “special interest”?

We are non-partisan entity and do not promote any one position, product, service, political ideology, candidate, creed or philosophy.

Who are your members?

Membership is open to all entities and persons able to benefit and use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination. We are organized as a constitutional multi-stakeholder cooperative.. Our membership is diverse. come from many different backgrounds, and their experiences and talents help to inform and guide our work.

Do you offer grants?

Although we have provided grants in the past, grants are not a primary activity or part of our public benefit purpose. We do however occasionally fund and support initiatives that are well aligned with our public benefit mission and purpose.