2020 • 1 year
New Venture Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a fiscal sponsor, specializing in helping funder collaboratives and others launch new social change projects. With the 2020 U.S. Census facing numerous challenges, foundation leaders came together in 2015 as the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup to develop a strategy to ensure a comprehensive count. The Subgroup created the 2020 Census Project, housed at New Venture Fund, which aims to achieve a full and accurate count of the U.S. population by focusing on three primary goals: 1) Advocating for policy improvements to the American Community Survey and census to ensure adequate federal funding and sound decision making by the federal government; 2) Supporting outreach and public education to improve response rates for the 2020 census, particularly among undercounted populations; 3) Encouraging new players to help with the policy and Get Out The Count efforts, including funders, faith-based groups, businesses and state and local government. MacArthur funds provide flexible support for the 2020 Census Project.
2020 • 4 years • Impact Investments
New Venture Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a fiscal sponsor, helping funder collaboratives and others launch new social change projects. This grant will contribute to a $9.725 million pooled grant fund at New Venture Fund that will do regranting that advances the work of the Catalytic Capital Consortium, an investment, learning, and market development initiative of the MacArthur Foundation and its strategic partners, The Rockefeller Foundation and Omidyar Network, each of which also is contributing to the grant pool. The initiative aims to create a positive impact on people and the planet by spurring greater use of catalytic capital globally, as well as by encouraging conventional investors to make investments in tandem with catalytic capital. Grants funded through the pool will seek to increase the knowledge, awareness and use of catalytic capital among diverse investor groups, including foundations, high net worth individuals and families and donor governments, as well as development finance institutions and conventional investors. The grant supports the goals of the Catalytic Capital Consortium by providing funds for regranting as well as operational expenses, including contributions towards the hiring of a program officer to implement the project.
2020 • 2 years • Nuclear Challenges
New Venture Fund (NVF) conducts public interest projects and provides professional insight and support to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change through strategic philanthropy. This award supports NVF's project N Square, which is designed to activate novel ideas for reducing nuclear threat. N Square helps nuclear specialists solve problems in new ways while introducing new allies to the complexities of the issue.
2020 • 2 months • Journalism & Media
IllumiNative, housed at New Venture Fund, is a storytelling and narrative change effort designed to amplify the voices of Native Americans, challenge negative and inaccurate stereotypes about them, and bring visibility to the important contributions Native peoples make to American democracy. This grant supports a virtual event that brings together Native and non-Native artists and influencers to develop high-quality content that takes advantage of the reach of celebrity to increase participation in the Census in hard-to-count Native country. IllumiNative is partnering with the non-profit narrative change organization HARNESS to run virtual salon and workshop and assist with the production and dissemination of content in Native communities.
2019 • 6 months • Technology in the Public Interest
A project of the New Venture Fund, the Dangerous Speech Project undertakes work online and off-line to identify dangerous and harmful speech in order to help mitigate violence, while protecting freedom of speech. Amid widespread anxiety about hate, harassment, and dangerous speech online, minimal attention has been paid to finding constructive ways of responding to that content. The award supports research that will examine the #iamhere movement in its efforts to respond to hated and vitriol online in an effort provide new insights about the capacity of counterspeech to influence the behavior of others.
2019 • 3 years • Impact Investments
New Venture Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a fiscal sponsor, specializing in helping funder collaboratives and others launch new social change projects. This grant will support New Venture Fund's Tipping Point Fund project, a $15-30 million, three-year pooled grant fund. This collaborative vehicle is funded by select members of the Presidents' Council on Impact Investing, a group of twenty leading American foundations with a shared commitment to practicing and promoting impact investing, as well as others. It aims to fund field-building infrastructure to support the growth and practice of impact investing, focusing on critical public goods that are unlikely to be developed without grant support. The project will fund public policy and engagement and data, metrics, and measurement and seeks to encourage others to participate in funding these areas, which are best suited to collective action and require additional support beyond that provided by individual grantmakers. Grant proceeds are funding the grants made by the Project and its operating costs.
2019 • 3 years
A project of New Venture Fund, Dangerous Speech Project (DSP) was founded in 2010 to develop, and make constructive use of, the observation that certain strikingly similar kinds of rhetoric precede mass violence in diverse cases, and that this knowledge might be used to prevent such violence. DSP has since developed methods that are used around the world to identify and counteract rhetoric that can inspire violence and hatred, while also protecting freedom of expression. The award provides flexible support to DSP as it undertakes research, analysis and convenings seeking to understand dangerous speech and hatred occurring on social media platforms. Through this work, technology companies, government policymakers, academics and advocates will have a better understanding about what is required to effectively diminish hatred online, while not having a chilling impact on free speech.
2019 • 1 year, 6 months • Nuclear Challenges
New Venture Fund (NVF) conducts public interest projects and provides professional insight and support to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change through strategic philanthropy. This award supports NVF's project N Square, which aims to stimulate creative and impactful solutions to nuclear challenges and to make the topic more salient to the public. N Square is embarking on a multi-phased large-scale project, Horizon 2045, to build a new global security architecture that no longer relies on nuclear weapons by the year 2045, the hundredth anniversary of the advent of the nuclear age. This award supports the first phase of the project, which interrogates deterrence theory.
2019 • 1 year
A project of New Venture Fund, Digital Action is a new global organization that works to strengthen democratic and digital rights as technology evolves. Flexible support is being provided to the organization as it develops and tests new models of global collaboration among civil society organizations to challenge problematic technology products and business practices through a mix of rapid response and longer-term campaigns.
2019 • 3 years
New Venture Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) that acts as a fiscal sponsor, specializing in helping funder collaboratives and others launch new social change projects. This grant supports New Venture Fund's Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund (Equity Fund), which supports organizations that work to connect local concerns about the health, environmental, and economic well-being of communities to climate change. By investing mostly in local and state-based organizations that represent communities of color, indigenous peoples, young voters, and working families, the Equity Fund seeks to build a strong base of support for climate policy solutions in communities significantly affected by the consequences of climate change. The award helps these organizations build their capacity to engage effectively in advocacy on climate and clean energy policy initiatives.