KEI is a U.S. tax exempt organization, under 501(3)(c) of the IRS rules.
In 2006 KEI received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
KEI receives contributions from individuals, by check, or through the web here.
KEI is also supported by grants and research contracts, including in recent years from the following institutions:
- Gordon R Irlam Charitable Foundation
- Open Society Foundation
- Perls Foundation
- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals
In previous years, KEI received funding from the following foundations:
- Ford Foundation
- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- Open Society Institute
- Rockefeller Foundation
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund
In 2013, KEI solicited donations on behalf of a travel fund supporting NGOs (other than KEI) to attend the diplomatic conference for the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.
KEI Europe is a separate legal entity. KEI Europe has received support from:
- Heinrich Böll Foundation
- Camino Stiftung