Startl is a not for profit organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, created through the collaborative efforts and funding of several major U.S. private foundations:

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lumina Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Startl has applied for tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3). While awaiting exemption, Startl is currently supported and housed under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council, a Section 501(c)(3) educational organization.