The Influence Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in New York in 2017. Our mission is to advocate through journalism for rational and compassionate approaches to drug use, drug policy and human rights.

    Our Board

    (President / Executive Director) Will Godfrey is the editor-in-chief of Filter

    (Treasurer) Phil Hur’s experience includes 13 years working at Ernst & Young, where has was an actuary and senior manager for People Advisory Services, with specializations including pensions risk management strategy, and mortality and annuity calculations. He was previously an expatriate tax services specialist. He has a BA in Economics from NYU.

    (Secretary) Dr. Sheila Vakharia is the policy manager for the Office of Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance where she works to help bridge the research and policy divide. She was previously an assistant professor in the department of Social Work at LIU’s Brooklyn campus and has worked as a clinical social worker in both traditional abstinence-based and harm reduction treatment settings.

    Archie Brodsky is co-founder of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He has co-authored 16 books, including Love and Addiction and The Truth about Addiction and Recovery

    Lt. Diane Goldstein (Ret.) is the executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), an organization of current and former law enforcement officials opposed to the War on Drugs. She spent over 20 years in law enforcement, retiring as a Lieutenant for the Redondo Beach, California Police Department. A highly decorated officer, her views on the drug war gradually changed as she moved up the ranks and saw the failures of what law enforcement was trying to accomplish. She has presented at the UK Houses of Parliament and to Californian legislatures.

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    As a nonprofit organization, The Influence Foundation is funded entirely by donations and grants. If you wish to support our work of reporting on drug use, drug policy and human rights, please donate using the button below. We’re grateful for your support.





    Past Fiscal Sponsorship

    The Influence Foundation was previously fiscally sponsored by the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (formerly Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), a US Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. In May 2020, after The Influence Foundation achieved independent 501(c)(3) status, the fiscal sponsorship relationship concluded as planned.

    Our supporters

    We are grateful to all of our supporters. The organizations and individuals listed below have donated or granted sums of $500 or more. Many other supporters have kindly donated smaller amounts.

    All donations and grants are unrestricted unless otherwise stated.



    Altria Client Services

    Anonymous individuals

    The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2)

    Joe Gitchell

    The Josh Shifman Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

    Juul Labs, Inc.

    Knowledge Action Change (3)

    The Open Society Foundations (4)

    Philip Morris International

    The R Street Institute (6)



    Altria Client Services

    American Vaping Association

    Anonymous individuals

    The Drug Policy Alliance (1)

    The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2)

    Joe Gitchell

    Knowledge Action Change (3)

    Philip Morris International

    The Proteus Fund (5)

    Reynolds American, Inc.  

    The R Street Institute (6)


    1. Restricted grant to support a drug war journalism diversity fellowship.

    2. Restricted grant to support independent development of editorial independence, donor transparency and ethics policies; plus a general support grant based on Filter‘s pre-planned tobacco harm reduction coverage.

    3. Restricted grants to support reporting on tobacco harm reduction through a Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship—an initiative funded by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, and independently designed and awarded by Knowledge Action Change.

    4. Restricted grant to support Filter‘s international methadone reporting and educational efforts, based around promotions of the film Liquid Handcuffs.

    5. Restricted grant to support an in-depth reporting project on prosecutors.

    6. Restricted grants to support four in-depth reports on harm reduction as it relates to women, education and alcohol.


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