Our strategy

Social Justice Storytelling

We support stories told through a range of practices: literature, visual arts, performance, moving images, and investigative journalism. We seek to uncover stories we haven’t heard before, and elevate voices that have been marginalized, distorted, ignored, or silenced.

Anticipated Outcomes

Exemplary art, cultural work, and media content that focuses on the communities most affected by inequality
By lifting underrepresented or unheard voices, social justice storytelling strengthens understandings of human complexity—and therefore disrupts inequality. Artists, journalists and moving image-makers connect with sources and subjects to produce high quality work on contemporary issues, and offer unique insight into the world around us.
More security and safety resources for artists and storytellers
Access to creative and free expression is recognized as a right, and is protected as such. Artists, investigative journalists, and moving image-makers have access to a comprehensive range of legal, physical, and digital security resources.

21st-Century Arts and Media Infrastructure

We support the organizations and networks that best sustain a just and equitable arts, film, and journalism sector; that ensure the safety and security of artists, filmmakers, and storytellers; and that enable these fields to thrive. We are especially interested in supporting stronger connections between artists, moving image-makers, and journalists and institutions in the Global North and South.

Anticipated Outcomes

Resilient, inclusive, and equitable arts, film and journalism institutions
Arts, journalism, and independent film institutions and networks are more sustainable, with inclusive and equitable leadership and staff. The next generation of artists, journalists, film, and cultural leaders have an enhanced capacity to disrupt inequality through social justice storytelling.
More opportunities for audiences to engage with social justice art and media
Storytellers, artists, and their networks have creative, financial, and professional support, as well as effective distribution systems, to engage more people with social justice art, journalism, and film. Social justice-focused content and artistry is available to a wide range of audiences, including those in traditionally underserved places.
What we don’t fund

Our grantmaking does not support advocacy or commissioned projects, educational initiatives or student projects, film festivals and film schools, journalism tools and technology, journalism reporting projects whose focus is outside foundation subject-matter priorities, stand-alone diversity initiatives, or awards, scholarships, and endowment funds.