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

We support the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to
advance gender and racial equality and diversity, 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 gender and racial equality and diversity, 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

Over the last 17 years 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 gender and racial diversity 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.

Journalism

Our commitment to creating a sustainable future for journalism is steadfast. But as we enter a new phase at theHF, we've begun to investigate how journalism can be employed as a tactic for social change.

We intend to further explore the relationship between information and impact, as it relates to our mission, by evaluating how best to: extend a reader's engagement, train citizen journalists, and assist media makers in accurately framing the issues. 

Next up: BinderCon LA

 

Coaching

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 support required to bolster brilliant ideas are unique and relative, which is why our approach to investing is about so much more than money. Tailor-made coaching programs allow our partners to identify the solutions specific to them, then create the path, along with their coach, to move toward their goals.

Our Newest Partnership: Chicken & Egg Pictures' Diversity Initiative

Media

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: Trapped

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. Events are effective ways to bring interested parties together in a neutral space in order to map out strategies for change. It's our honor to host gatherings that cultivate a compassionate and inclusive community committed to advancing a more fair and inclusive world.

Next up: Funny Girls

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