Make sense of the global web.

aka Meedan   |   SAN FRANCISCO, CA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 20-4504068


Meedan is a global non-profit that builds and implements technologies that strengthen journalism, digital literacy and information on the internet. We build tools for the annotation, verification, and translation of digital content, and we work with newsrooms, NGOs and academic institutions to develop research and editorial projects that support our vision of an internet founded on equity, transparency and collaboration. Our core pillars of work include technology development, network building, strategic training, collaborative and ethical data collection and rigorous research.

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Mr. Ed Bice

Main address

575 Market St. 4th Floor


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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Web-based media

International relations

Population served info


NTEE code info

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Building both innovative technology and innovative programmatic initiatives, we think of our impact in four timescales:

In the immediate term, we think of ways to address crises of information trust and harmful content through better workflows and tools that help teams contextualize and verify content, with quick turnarounds and broad reach. We often do this through strategic deployments of Check, our verification software, with media partners around elections and other major events. We often work under the banner of Pop Up Newsroom, a collaboration between Meedan and the news innovation consultancy Fathm.

In the medium term, through our Check Global initiative, we work with civil society organizations through trainings and network building efforts that help maximize their ability to engage with the new dynamics of the internet while ensuring their own sustainability as organizations. Our platform Check plays a crucial role in trainings as a tool for learning and engagement.

In the long term, we seek to generate data sets and qualitative findings that enable research, expand knowledge, and build practical capacities for contemporary challenges around information quality and a socially equitable internet. We utilize Check as annotation software for these efforts. This includes work being done at the intersection of social epidemiology, health communications and misinfodemic response efforts by Meedan’s Digital Health Lab.

In the longest term, through our efforts with the Credibility Coalition, an initiative co-founded with Hacks/Hackers, and the Content Moderation Project, we work to develop standards for online media that can be utilized by tech platforms, and international standards bodies.

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Where we work


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Meedan 2021 Organizational Audit 2020 Meedan Financials 2020 2015 2014 2014
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.89 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of MEEDAN INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$302,912 $623,655 $147,228 $531,159 $811,646
As % of expenses -20.7% 46.6% 5.7% 14.8% 22.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$303,829 $623,655 $147,228 $529,734 $807,937
As % of expenses -20.8% 46.6% 5.7% 14.8% 22.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,229,326 $1,793,196 $2,957,861 $3,654,499 $5,379,293
Total revenue, % change over prior year 48.8% 45.9% 64.9% 23.6% 47.2%
Program services revenue 35.4% 10.6% 25.6% 35.0% 44.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 13.5% 0.2% 9.8% 0.0% 2.1%
All other grants and contributions 51.1% 89.2% 64.7% 65.0% 53.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,460,744 $1,338,173 $2,594,759 $3,578,019 $3,559,109
Total expenses, % change over prior year 24.5% -8.4% 93.9% 37.9% -0.5%
Personnel 47.3% 40.1% 25.0% 28.8% 36.3%
Professional fees 42.5% 50.3% 63.7% 64.6% 56.7%
Occupancy 2.3% 2.0% 1.0% 0.7% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 1.0%
All other expenses 7.8% 7.6% 10.3% 5.2% 5.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,461,661 $1,338,173 $2,594,759 $3,579,444 $3,562,818
One month of savings $121,729 $111,514 $216,230 $298,168 $296,592
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $8,629 $8,816
Total full costs (estimated) $1,583,390 $1,449,687 $2,810,989 $3,886,241 $3,868,226

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 1.5 3.9 4.9 3.7 6.3
Months of cash and investments 1.5 3.9 4.9 3.7 6.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -2.5 2.9 2.2 3.3 6.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $187,066 $433,797 $1,054,966 $1,106,641 $1,856,875
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $56,679 $347,853 $378,409 $339,276 $1,277,587
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $11,629 $17,891
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 38.1% 31.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 46.5% 25.8% 35.0% 30.9% 10.0%
Unrestricted net assets -$304,576 $319,079 $466,307 $996,041 $1,803,978
Temporarily restricted net assets $440,575 $271,943 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $440,575 $271,943 $487,817 $33,138 $1,041,676
Total net assets $135,999 $591,022 $954,124 $1,029,179 $2,845,654

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


Mr. Ed Bice

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ed Bice


Term: 2006 -

Zeynep Tufecki

Jon Corshen

Pilot 44

Tim Hwang

Hanan Heikal

Procter and Gamble

Maria Ressa

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation

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