Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Grantees

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The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) released information on who it had given grants to as part of its 2018 and 2019 tax returns.12 The tax returns include schedules of organisations which have received money from the charity, broken up into three parts: an “Expenditure Responsibility Statement” (Part VII-B, Line 5C), a list of “Grants and Contributions Paid During the Year” (Part XV) and “Contributions Approved for Future Payment” (also Part XV). The Foundation has stated that it will be transparent about who and what it funds: “the Foundation provides…summaries of all grants and programs on its website”.3 However, until it published its 2018 tax return in May 2019, there was very little information publicly available on the Foundation’s website about whom it was funding, and for what. It now includes a list of grants awarded on its website, although it does not disclose the full amounts of grants awarded.4 However, the list of grantees on the FSFW website is incomplete: some of the grantees listed on the FSFW 2019 tax return are not included on the “Awarded Grants” section of the FSFW website (see below).

For the most up-to-date information that the Foundation gives on its grantees, see its website.

FSFW Grantees

The following spreadsheet collates information from the FSFW 2018 and 2019 tax returns to provide a comprehensive list of grantees.12 The columns “Grant value”, “Paid” and “Contributions approved for future payment” correspond to the three schedules of payments detailed in US charitable tax returns (see above).

To view and download the spreadsheet, click here. 

Problem of transparency around the Foundation grantees

Both the 2018 and the 2019 tax returns from the Foundation showed several discrepancies with the “Awarded Grants” section of the Foundation’s website. Included on the spreadsheet of FSFW grantees is a column that notes discrepancies between the publication of grantee names and purposes on the FSFW grantee webpage and its tax returns. On the “Awarded Grants” page, grantees are organised by which of the Foundation’s three “core pillars” funding was awarded through. The “Presidential Grants” category appears to be a fourth classification of grant unexplained by the Foundation’s website.4

The following grantees are listed on the FSFW website as of May 2020, but did not appear in its 2019 tax return:4

  • Just Managing Consulting (USA; Presidential Grant): Public Health and Government Investment in Tobacco
  • Cornell University (USA; Presidential Grant): Economic study of risk perceptions and consumer demand for harm reduction products
  • Healthy Initiatives (USA; Presidential Grant): Economics of Ending Smoking Epidemic
  • American Masala (USA; Presidential Grant): 51 Shades of Smokey Grey
  • The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV; Turkey; Presidential Grant): Economic analysis of tobacco, tobacco products and alternatives in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Biochromex (USA; Industry Transformation): Nicotine product relative risk assessment 

Notes on grantees

  • The Influence Foundation, which owns and operates Filter magazine, has received funding directly from PMI in 2018, 2019 and 2020.5
  • Law Enforcement Action Partnership is a fiscal sponsor of the Influence Foundation, which in turn is a sponsor of Filter magazine, a previous FSFW grantee.5
  • Jed Rose, President and CEO of Rose Research Center has received funding from Philip Morris.6 Rose is also on the Science Advisory Board of Embera Neurotherapeutics, Inc., another FSFW grantee.7
  • In July 2019, it was revealed that BRAC was returning this funding.8
  • The University of Cape Town has put a policy in place to not accept further tobacco industry or FSFW funding.9 

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  1. abFoundation for a Smoke-Free World, Form 990-PF, 2018 Tax Return, 13 May 2019, accessed May 2019
  2. abFoundation for a Smoke-Free World, Form 990-PF, 2019 Tax Return, 15 May 2020, accessed May 2020
  3. D. Yach, An Open Letter on the Foundation’s Independence and Governance, FSFW website, 9 January 2018, accessed February 2020
  4. abcFoundation for a Smoke-Free World, Awarded Grants, FSFW website, undated, accessed February 2020
  5. abAbout the Influence Foundation, Filter magazine website, undated, accessed May 2020
  6. Dr Jed Rose Biography, Rose Research Center website, undated, accessed May 2020
  7. Science Advisory Board, Embera NeuroTherapeutics, Inc. website, undated, accessed May 2020
  8. Brac praised for returning fund from multinational tobacco company, Dhaka Tribune, 1 August 2019, accessed May 2020
  9. University of Cape Town Research Contracts office, Email to University of Bath, 11 October 2019 10:054