2022 • 7 months • Journalism & Media
The Fellow Americans Education Fund, housed within the Hopewell Fund, aims to reduce division and distrust in the United States through projects that call out mis- and disinformation online and hold dishonest actors accountable for the false, hateful, and misleading information they circulate. The Better Internet Initiative (BII) is a primary project of the Fellow Americans Education Fund. Founded in 2020, BII helps social media creators and influencers make educational content for their audiences about issues of social and civic importance, ranging from public health and racial equity to voting and civic engagement. Each year, BII hosts between 30-50 leading YouTube, Instagram and TikTok creators and influencers as part of a fellowship program. BII fellows receive training and mentorship on social issue topics they care about, including tactics for combating mis- and disinformation and hate speech online. This grant supports the first-ever in-person convening of BII fellows. The September 2022 convening, hosted in Los Angeles, CA, brings together issue area and tech policy experts with the BII fellows to share ideas, develop new skills, and encourage collaboration in preparation for the 2022 election cycle.
2020 • 1 year • Equitable Recovery
Democracy Docket Legal Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, the sister organization to New Venture Fund, that pursues voter protection litigation. Led by nationally recognized voter rights and campaign finance expert Marc Elias, the Democracy Docket Legal Fund was created to use litigation to fight suppressive voting laws and practices, with a particular focus on laws and practices that will have the greatest impact on BIPOC and young voters.
2019 • 2 years • Technology in the Public Interest
The Economic Security Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, challenges the status quo by catalyzing ideas that build economic power for all Americans. It disburses grants, supports emerging leaders, develops communications research to inform movements, and coordinates events and convenings to encourage investment and action from others. The award provides flexible support to the Economic Security Project’s Anti-Monopoly Fund, a two-year initiative to build a robust, sustained, cross-sector, anti-monopoly movement with the power to win key victories in reducing concentrated corporate power to help low- and middle-income individuals and families in an age of historic economic inequality. Addressing concentrated power within the technology industry is a key focus of the Anti-Monopoly Fund.
2017 • 1 year • Journalism & Media
The Hopewell Fund is a public charity that specializes in helping donors, social entrepreneurs, and other changemakers launch new, innovative social change projects. This grant supports the Kairos Fellowship, a project designed to diversify the pool of social media organizers working on national social justice-oriented campaigns. Launched two years ago, the Kairos Fellowship identifies promising online organizers of color and provides them with one year of mentorship and on-the-job training with a national social justice organization. Grant funds are enabling Kairos to provide fellowship positions for up to seven candidates each year, work with host organizations to integrate a racial justice approach into their recruitment processes, provide mentorship and in-person skills training to fellows, and carry out research for an additional issue-specific fellowship track.