Our mission:
to create a fair, equitable & inclusive world.

We support the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to
advance equality and inclusivity, with a focus on women and girls.

Our mission:
to create a fair, equitable & inclusive world.

We support the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to
advance equality and inclusivity, with a focus on women and girls.

It seems the most effective use of my time and resources is to concentrate on making it fairer for women and girls, because that will naturally lead to a world that’s fairer for everybody.
Ruth Ann Harnisch
It seems the most effective use of my time and resources is to concentrate on making it fairer for women and girls, because that will naturally lead to a world that’s fairer for everybody.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

The Why

Since 1998, we’ve invested in our fair share of remarkable people, ideas, and creative communities. It’s been an experiment: in grantmaking, in social change, in challenging our own values and realities as they relate to success and impact. We’ve had some big wins, and we’ve had some big losses too.

As we reflected on the last two decades, we couldn’t help noticing: even our grants, programs, and partnerships weren’t doing enough to advance the equality and inclusivity that we want to see more of in the world. The change we wanted to see, especially for women and girls, wasn’t happening fast enough — and we’re impatient!

It got us thinking: how can we expedite the process? How can we best invest in the conversations, solutions, and organizations driving change for gender and racial diversity?

Because the revolution shouldn’t be televised unless everyone is represented on the TV. You with us?

The How

Interestingly, determining how we were going to approach expedition meant looking back and looking forward. Calling on the types of interventions and investments that had proven successful in the past, and identifying those that would propel us into the future. Here's how we plan to invest in girls and women.

Leadership

The strengths and weaknesses of each of our partners is vastly different. While some filmmakers prefer a crash course in financing, there are TED Fellows who need assistance developing business plans. While some organizations lack communications and marketing knowhow, others require leadership training.

The tools and leadership support required to bolster brilliant ideas are unique and relative, which is why our approach to investing is about so much more than money. Our tailor-made grants allow our partners to identify the solutions specific to them, then create the path to move toward their goals.

Recent leadership grants: Chicken & Egg Pictures' Diversity Initiative

Storytelling

Being seen. Being heard. This is a through-line in all of our work. Storytelling is one of the post powerful vehicles for change, which is why we invest in both individual stories and systemic shifts aimed at creating a more equitable landscape.

We consider ourselves "Creative Producers" (a term we borrowed from our friends at Sundance), and prefer to work alongside mediamakers in order to identify how we can best support the full lifespan of a piece of media. This means not only finding the right audience, but presenting that audience with the tools they need to act.

Next Up: The films Trapped and Unrest

Convenings

Bringing together bright minds is one of our favorite things to do. And at each and every convening we try to incorporate awareness, education and action, as well as to create a diverse and solution-oriented experience. (We think we've done a pretty good job so far!)

To create change on individual, localized, and systemic levels, collaboration is key. Collaborative philanthropy such as giving circles are effective ways to bring interested parties together in order to map out funding strategies for change. We're also supporting events and hosting gatherings that cultivate a compassionate and inclusive community committed to advancing a more fair and inclusive world.

Ready to check out our Current Projects? Let's Go!