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.
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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 2 years
A project of New Venture Fund, Media Democracy Fund (MDF) is a catalyst for an open, secure and equitable internet. It brings together diverse voices to design inclusive and responsible solutions that empower public interest advocates to create an environment where digital technologies and the internet have a long-term, positive impact on society. The award supports the role MDF plays in coordinating the activities of the NetGain Partnership, a funder collaboration that seeks to strengthen digital society and advance the public interest. Each year, a new NetGain Challenge is launched in which funding partners focus on a topic at the broad intersection of technology and the public interest in order to increase knowledge and collaboration in the space. Activities undertaken through each NetGain Challenge include a mix of expert convenings, public events, published research and grantmaking.
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 • 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.
2019 • 5 months • Nuclear Challenges
New Venture Fund conducts public interest projects and provides professional insight and support to institutions and individuals seeking to foster change through strategic philanthropy. This award supports its project N Square, which is a collaborative network of innovators and influencers from nuclear and other fields (such as technology and the arts), and which aims to stimulate creative and impactful solutions to nuclear challenges and to make the topic more salient to the public. This award supports an effort by N Square to host a series of workshops that are designed to identify priorities for change in the field that promote greater inclusion and innovation, in order to reduce nuclear risks.
2018 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
Founded in 2006, New Venture Fund is a public charitable organization that manages programs, provides fiscal sponsorship to nonprofit organizations, and coordinates grants programs. IllumiNative, housed at New Venture Fund, is a newly-established 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. IllumiNative is the result of a two-year research initiative to uncover opportunities for igniting Native imaginations and transforming how the American public and its institutions perceive, portray, and engage with Native peoples and their communities. This flexible support grant will enable IllumiNative to take insights from its research to roll out programming and begin growing a network of storytellers to uplift Native voices and develop new narratives that reflect accurate and nuanced portrayals of Native peoples experiences, history, and contributions to American society.