The Associated Press (AP) received a donation of $300,000 from the KR Foundation, a Danish nonprofit with a manifesto for rapid fossil fuels phase-out, according to the charity’s 2022 annual report. This gift was quietly added to AP’s current philanthropic supporters list in February 2023, despite the newswire’s self-proclamation of maintaining the “highest practicable degree of transparency” about its benefactors.
Part of the KR Foundation’s plan involves spurring media organizations to promote its climate change agenda significantly, seeking to transform journalists into “community activists on climate change.”. Consequently, the grant extended to the AP until December 2024 is earmarked for the Global Scholars Network, the newswire’s international platform. Despite AP’s assertion to uphold editorial autonomy from its donor community, its climate reportage often mirrors the Foundation’s principles. Examples include recent articles advocating the phasing-out of fossil fuels and questions on the brink of a climate breakdown.
Other beneficiaries of the KR Foundation include organizations engaged in coordinated efforts to expedite the stoppage of fossil fuels use. The foundation grants include financial aids to legal student groups urging law firms to retreat from fossil fuel representation, and to media training programs designed to create climate change activists. Notably, the KR Foundation donated over $488,000 to Children’s Radio Foundation in 2018 to mold radio journalists in Africa into climate change activists.
The AP, which claims readership of four billion people each day, committed to a sweeping climate journalism initiative in 2022, financially backed by organizations such as the Hewlett Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.