Hong Kong Free Press is proud to be the city’s most transparent news outlet and, as a non-profit company, HKFP is externally audited every year. Our Transparency Report is published each year as part of our Annual Report.


Our income for the period between 1/1/2017 and 31/12/2017 was as follows:

Income20162017
All donationsHK$1,063,125HK$1,769,760
Ad/content salesHK$92,276HK$328,759
EventsHK$8,352HK$0
Bank interestHK$12HK$1
Total:HK$1,163,765HK$2,098,520

Our 2017 revenue streams:

  • All donations: includes one-off and monthly Patron contributions by cheque, cash, transfer, PayPal and debit/credit card, as well as profit from merch sales.
  • Ad/content sales: includes income from Google/YouTube display ads [HK$3-9k/month]; directly purchased rate card ads; and content sales [from media outlets, institutions and Dow Jones Factiva re-syndication].

HKFP Patrons: HKFP is shifting towards a membership model. A monthly income from Patrons helps support our team and operations sustainably. As of the end of 2018:

  • 72 credit/debit card donors donate HK$14,858 per month, before fees (average HK$206/month).
  • 52 PayPal donors donate HK$11,690 per month, before fees (average HK$225/month).
  • We receive at least HK$6,000 per month from donors who contribute regularly via cheque/transfer.
  • In total, we have a membership income of at least HK$32,562/month from at least 124 Patrons – up from 99 contributing HK$19,767/month in 2017. Donors are overwhelmingly from Hong Kong, though we also have backers in the US, UK, Australia and China.
  • Patrons are given priority and/or free entry to HKFP events, merchandise and a hard copy of our Annual Report. We aim to reach 500 patrons between 2019-2020.

Our expenditure for our latest audited year – 1/1/2017 to 31/12/2017 – was as follows:

Expenditure20162017
Staff payrollHK$1,035,523HK$1,340,230
Mandatory Provident Fund (pensions)HK$50,942HK$66,180
Website, newswire text/photo, softwareHK$33,083HK$58,693
Office, sundry & recruitment/trainingHK$25,801HK$57,565
Meals/drinks for volunteers & staffHK$25,531HK$17,106
Legal, professional, registration, audit feesHK$10,845HK$45,231
Travel & InsuranceHK$8,267HK$8,169
Stationery/merch, printingHK$17,124HK$686
Bank chargesHK$2,218HK$1,170
Freelancer payments & gearHK$0HK$34,090
TaxHK$0HK$13,343
AdvertisingHK$0HK$10,261
Total:HK$1,209,334HK$1,652,724
  • HKFP is run as efficiently and prudently as possible, in order to maximise the impact of our donors’ generosity. We make savings by partnering with other media outlets, using free software wherever possible and making full use of teamwork and automation to save on labour costs.
  • During 2017, we employed 4-6 full-time staff members, including a summer intern.

Our balance as of the end of the 2017:

2015 total surplus:HK$91,654
2016 total deficit:-HK$45,569
2017 total surplus:HK$445,796

As a non-profit, with no shareholders or investors, HKFP’s surplus was recycled back into the company in 2018.

81% of all spending goes directly towards supporting our hard-working 24/7 news team.

New revenue streams for 2018 include Book Depository shopping link referrals and coin donation via Coin Dragon machines. We also accept Bitcoin and Flattr microdonations.


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Hong Kong Free Press is a new, non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.