Our Funders

FRONTLINE was founded in 1983. It is produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation and based in Boston, Mass. WGBH is a public media organization, which first aired on television in 1955. It serves as the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web.

WGBH and its programs, including FRONTLINE, are supported by a broad mix of funding sources, including more than 150,000 individuals, along with foundations, corporations and the federal government. This prevents our reliance on any particular funding source and contributes to assuring our independence.

Congress provides an annual appropriation to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and that funding is distributed through a formula to all public TV and radio stations in what is called a Community Service Grant (CSG). The amount that WGBH receives in CSG funds accounts for about 9% of our local operating budget, and is used to support our local station operations. Current funders for FRONTLINE documentaries are listed below.

 

September 2019 – present

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Abrams Foundation, Park Foundation, The John and Helen Glessner Family Trust, Heising-Simons Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation. Additional support for the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund is provided by: The Arches Foundation, Joseph Azrack and Abigail Congdon, Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation, the Clinton Family Fund, Laura DeBonis and Scott Nathan, John Duff, Gene S. Fisch, the Edith M. Greenwood Trust, the Ralph & Marsha Guggenheim Family Foundation, Gale R. Guild, Thomas and Karen Hamilton, Thomas P. Jalkut, Chris and Lisa Kaneb, Ruggles Family Foundation, Tom Stair and Lucy Caldwell-Stair, Corey David Sauer, and Koo and Patricia Yuen through the Yuen Foundation. Support for the endowment fund for FRONTLINE is provided by the Estate of Anna Anita Leyfell.

Support for FRONTLINE digital video is provided by the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.

Support for FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships is provided by the Abrams Foundation and The Tow Foundation.

Support for the FRONTLINE/Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY Fellowship is provided by The Tow Foundation.

Support for the FRONTLINE Abrams Filmmaker-in-Residence is provided by the Abrams Foundation.

Support for the FRONTLINE Hollyhock Filmmaker-in-Residence is provided by the Hollyhock Foundation.

The FRONTLINE Dispatch is made possible by the Abrams Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Project is provided by a grant of $3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a grant of $1 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 

Films:

Flint’s Deadly Water

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Zero Tolerance

Fire in Paradise

In the Age of AI

Kids Caught in the Crackdown

For Sama

Targeting El Paso

America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump

Taliban Country

The Luanda Leaks

Battle for Hong Kong

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

NRA Under Fire

Plastic Wars

China Undercover

Coronavirus Pandemic

 

September 2018 – August 2019

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Abrams Foundation, Park Foundation, The John and Helen Glessner Family Trust, Heising-Simons Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation. Additional support for the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund is provided by: Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark and Suzanne Colodny, Laura DeBonis and Scott Nathan, the Estate of Ernie J. Eden, Henry R. and Gale R. Guild, Thomas and Karen Hamilton, Nan and Bill Harris, Bill and Lucile Hicks, Thomas P. Jalkut, Chris and Lisa Kaneb, Deborah and Bruce Kaneb, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, William and Helen Pounds, RealNetworks Foundation, Ruggles Family Foundation, Corey David Sauer, the Irma Selling Trust, Kathryn Shields, Tom Stair and Lucy Caldwell-Stair, Warburg Pincus Foundation, and Koo and Patricia Yuen through the Yuen Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships is provided by the Abrams Foundation and The Tow Foundation.

Support for the FRONTLINE Digital Video Fellowship is provided by the Abrams Foundation.

Support for the FRONTLINE/Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY Fellowship is provided by The Tow Foundation.

The FRONTLINE Dispatch is made possible by the Abrams Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE digital video is provided by the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.

Support for FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Project is provided by a grant of $3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a grant of $1 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Support for FRONTLINE virtual reality provided by a grant of $580,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with the balance of the project costs covered by FRONTLINE series funds.

 

Films:

Left Behind America

Trump’s Showdown

The Pension Gamble

The Facebook Dilemma

Documenting Hate: New American Nazis

Coal’s Deadly Dust

Targeting Yemen

Predator on the Reservation

Right to Fail

The Trial of Ratko Mladic

The Mueller Investigation

Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

On the President’s Orders

The Abortion Divide

The Last Survivors

Trump’s Trade War

Supreme Revenge

Sex Trafficking in America

 

September 2017 – August 2018

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Abrams Foundation, Park Foundation, The John and Helen Glessner Family Trust, Heising-Simons Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation. Additional support for the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund is provided by: Joseph Azrack and Abigail Congdon, Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation, Charina Endowment Fund, Laura DeBonis and Scott Nathan, Henry R. and Gale R. Guild, Nan and Bill Harris, Bill and Lucile Hicks, Thomas P. Jalkut, Chris and Lisa Kaneb, William and Helen Pounds, Ruggles Family Foundation, Corey David Sauer, and Tom Stair and Lucy Caldwell-Stair. Support for the endowment fund for FRONTLINE is provided by Robert Radloff and Ann Beha.

Support for FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships is provided by the Abrams Foundation and The Tow Foundation.

Support for the FRONTLINE Digital Video Fellowship is provided by the Abrams Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE virtual reality provided by a grant of $580,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with the balance of the project costs covered by FRONTLINE series funds.

Support for FRONTLINE digital video is provided by the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.

The FRONTLINE Dispatch is made possible by the Abrams Foundation.

 

Films:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

North Korea’s Deadly Dictator

War on the EPA (Major support provided by The Kendeda Fund; additional support provided by James Worth)

Inside Yemen

Mosul

Putin’s Revenge

Poor Kids

Exodus: The Journey Continues

The Gang Crackdown

Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia (Additional support provided by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and The Pew Charitable Trusts.)

Weinstein

Trump’s Takeover

McCain

Trafficked in America

Blackout in Puerto Rico

Myanmar’s Killing Fields

UN Sex Abuse Scandal

Separated: Children at the Border

Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

Our Man in Tehran

 

September 2016 – August 2017

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Park Foundation, The John and Helen Glessner Family Trust, Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation. Additional support for the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund is provided by: Joseph Azrack and Abigail Congdon, Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation, Emily Bradley and Hans Detlefsen, Charina Endowment Fund, Laura DeBonis, Henry Ehrenhaft, Henry R. and Gale R. Guild, Nan and Bill Harris, Lee and Paula Hougen, Chris and Lisa Kaneb, Gary and Monique Milhollin, William and Helen Pounds, Ruggles Family Foundation, the Irma Selling Trust, Tom Stair and Lucy Caldwell-Stair, and Koo and Patricia Yuen through the Yuen Foundation. Support for the endowment fund for FRONTLINE is provided by Jon and Jo Ann Hagler.

Support for FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships provided by the Abrams Foundation and The Tow Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE virtual reality provided by a grant of $580,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with the balance of the project costs covered by FRONTLINE series funds.

Support for FRONTLINE digital video is provided by Chris and Lisa Kaneb.

 

A Subprime Education

The Education of Omarina

The Choice 2016

Confronting ISIS

Terror in Europe

Exodus

President Trump

Divided States of America

Trump’s Road to the White House

Battle for Iraq

Hunting ISIS

Forever Prison

Out of Gitmo

Iraq Uncovered

Last Days of Solitary

The Fish on my Plate (Major support provided by The Kendeda Fund)

Second Chance Kids

Poverty, Politics, Profit

American Patriot: Inside the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Government

Bannon’s War

Life on Parole

 

September 2015 – August 2016

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Park Foundation, The John and Helen Glessner Family Trust, Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation. Additional support for the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund is provided by: Joseph Azrack and Abigail Congdon, Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation, Laura DeBonis, Nan and Bill Harris, Thomas P. Jalkut, and Chris and Lisa Kaneb. Support for the endowment fund for FRONTLINE is provided by Jon and Jo Ann Hagler.

Support for FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships provided by the Abrams Foundation and The Tow Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE virtual reality provided by a grant of $580,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with the balance of the project costs covered by FRONTLINE series funds.

 

Films:

My Brother’s Bomber

Immigration Battle

Inside Assad’s Syria

Terror in Little Saigon

Taliban Hunters

ISIS in Afghanistan

Children of ISIS

Netanyahu at War

Supplements and Safety (Additional support provided by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation)

The Fantasy Sports Gamble

Chasing Heroin

Saudi Arabia Uncovered

Children of Syria

Benghazi in Crisis

Yemen Under Siege

The Secret History of ISIS

Business of Disaster

Policing the Police

 

September 2014 – August 2015

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, CPB, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wyncote Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.

Support for FRONTLINE’s YouTube series provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Support for the endowment fund for FRONTLINE is provided by Jon and Jo Ann Hagler.

 

Films:

Ebola Outbreak

Hunting Boko Haram

The Trouble With Antibiotics

The Rise of ISIS

Firestone and the Warlord

Gunned Down

Putin’s Way

Being Mortal (Additional support provided by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation)

The Fight for Yemen

American Terrorist

Outbreak

The Trouble With Chicken (Additional support provided by The Kendeda Fund.)

Secrets, Politics and Torture

Obama at War

Rape on the Night Shift

Growing Up Trans

Escaping ISIS

Drug Lord: Legend of Shorty

 

 

September 2013-August 2014

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, CPB, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.

Support for the endowment fund for FRONTLINE is provided by Jon and Jo Ann Hagler.

 

Films

Egypt in Crisis

League of Denial

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria (Additional support provided by The Kendeda Fund.)

Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?

A Death in St. Augustine

To Catch a Trader

Secret State of North Korea

Syria’s Second Front

Children of Aleppo

Generation Like (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

Secrets of the Vatican (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

TB Silent Killer (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

Solitary Nation (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

Prison State (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

United States of Secrets (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

Syria: Arming the Rebels (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler.)

Separate and Unequal (Additional support provided by Ford Foundation, the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund: Orfalea Foundation)

Omarina’s Story (Additional support provided by Ford Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler)

Losing Iraq (Additional support provided by Ford Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon & Jo Ann Hagler)

 

 

September 2012 – August 2013

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, CPB, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.

 

Films

The Battle for Syria

The Regime Responds

Dropout Nation

The Choice 2012

Climate of Doubt (Additional support provided by The Kendeda Fund.)

Big Sky, Big Money (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund: Orfalea Foundation.)

The Suicide Plan (Additional support provided by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation.)

Poor Kids (Support for outreach event provided by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.)

The Education of Michelle Rhee

Inside Obama’s Presidency

The Untouchables

Cliffhanger

Raising Adam Lanza

Newtown Divided

Kind Hearted Woman

Syria Behind the Lines

Top Secret America: From 9/11 to the Boston Bombings

The Retirement Gamble

Never Forget to Lie

Outlawed in Pakistan (Additional support provided by the Pulitzer Center, The Fledgling Fund.)

Rape in the Fields

Two American Families (Support for outreach event provided by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.)

Life & Death in Assisted Living

 

 

September 2011 – August 2012

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, CPB, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Reva and David Logan, Park Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.

 

Films

Top Secret America

The Interrogator (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

The Man Behind the Mosque

An Optimist in Haiti

The Anthrax Files

Lost in Detention

Syria Undercover

The Regime

A Perfect Terrorist

Opium Brides

The Secret War

Opium Brides

Nuclear Aftershocks (Additional support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.)

The Interrupters (Additional support provided by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.)

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

Murdoch’s Scandal

The Real CSI

Money, Power and Wall Street (Additional support for Episode 3 provided by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.)

Cell Tower Deaths

Six Billion Dollar Bet

Al Qaeda in Yemen

Dollars and Dentists

Endgame: AIDS in Black America (Additional support provided by the Ford Foundation, the MAC AIDS fund and Brian McCarthy.)

Fast Times at West Philly High (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Middle School Moment (Additional support provided by the CPB American Graduate Initiative.)

Alaska Gold (Additional support provided by CPB, Reva and David Logan, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)

 

 

September 2010 – August 2011

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, CPB, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Reva and David Logan, Park Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.

Support for Tehran Bureau is provided by the Flora Family Foundation, The William H. Donner Foundation, Inc., and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE/WORLD is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Films

Death by Fire

The Spill

The Confessions

Facing Death

Battle for Haiti

Are We Safer? (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Flying Cheaper

The Spy Who Quit

Post Mortem

Revolution in Cairo (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Money & March Madness (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei? (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

The Private Life of Bradley Manning (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Football High

The Silence (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Fighting for bin Laden (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

The Secret War (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Kill/Capture

WikiSecrets

The Child Cases (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Educating Sgt. Pantzke (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

The Pot Republic (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

The Atomic Artists (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Doctor Hotspot (Additional support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

 

 

September 2009-August 2010

Support for FRONTLINE is provided by viewers like you, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Park Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE/WORLD is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Support for FRONTLINE podcasts is provided by RealNetworks Foundation.

Support for Tehran Bureau is provided by the Flora Family Foundation and The William H. Donner Foundation, Inc.

Films

Obama’s War

The Warning

Close to Home (Additional support provided by CPB.)

A Death in Tehran (Additional support provided by Shell, Skoll Foundation and Scott Fearon.)

The Card Game

Digital Nation (Additional support provided by the Verizon Foundation.)

Flying Cheap

Behind Taliban Lines (Additional support for A Death in Tehran and Behind Taliban Lines is provided by Shell, Skoll Foundation and Scott Fearon.)

The Suicide Tourist

The Quake (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)

Obama’s Deal (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)

The Vaccine War (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)

College Inc. (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education.)

The Wounded Platoon (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)

Law & Disorder (Additional support provided by the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund.)