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An oral history project that documents, archives, and shares stories of the 1947 partition of India. It is committed to preserving a collective history with the goal of inspiring a less divided future. In addition to the publicly accessible digital story repository, it also coaches citizen historians worldwide to collect stories from all ethnic, religious, and economic communities impacted by the partition.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$25,000
2017

general support

$25,000
2016

general support

A writing center in San Francisco's Tenderloin. Through programming that strengthens students' writing skills, it empowers youth to share their stories. Its free programs and community partnerships support students in expressing themselves in their own voices. Stories are compiled into print publications and podcasts to share with the broader community.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support

A land-based African conservation organization. It works to improve the lives of local people and save wildlife simultaneously. Its conservation-friendly development programs empower people to earn additional income, learn job skills, get sustainability training, and generate steady revenue for their communities. In addition to putting safeguards in place to protect endangered animals, it works with governments to provide education on living side by side with wildlife.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

The oldest and largest library association in the world. Its Great Stories Club is a library-led book club model that gives underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas. Great Stories Club themes and titles are selected by librarians and humanities scholars to resonate with reluctant readers facing challenges like detention, incarceration, addiction, academic probation, poverty, and homelessness.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

support for Great Stories Club (GSC)

A global welfare organization focused on alleviating animal suffering. It engages with policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to eliminate pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. Through humane education, policy change, and litigation, it advocates for wildlife, animals in research, farm animals, and companion animals.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $150,000)

$35,000
2017

general support

$35,000
2016

general support

A nonprofit that works to create the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed. It offers educational programs, traveling exhibits, theatrical performances, and annual scholarships to bring her message to new generations and honor those inspired to humanitarian action through her words. It treats the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities in the U.S. and Canada about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$5,000
2018

general support

A global organization that treats empathy as a critical capacity. It develops resources for the public-at-large, working to give all people the confidence and tools to solve problems for the common good. Its Start Empathy initiative is a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy. It additionally conducts research into and produces toolkits for building empathy and assessing impact. 

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A community bail fund that combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system one person at a time. It works nationally to provide a lifeline for the tens of thousands of low-income Americans who, on any given day, are at risk of pretrial incarceration due to their economic status and race. In 2017, it expanded its revolving-fund model to a national level, with 40 sites in high-need jurisdictions planned to open over the next five years, helping over 160,000 low-income Americans.  We are encouraged by its momentum, and the powerful stories and data that indicate money bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court.

Good Fight Grants
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support

A national companion animal welfare organization. In addition to running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, it runs programs to reduce the number of animals entering shelters in the first place. It supports a network of more than 2,000 animal welfare organizations working towards creating no-kill communities, stopping puppy-mill practices, and performing animal advocacy.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

An anti-poaching organization based in East Africa. Through collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks, and government agencies, it apprehends wildlife criminals, helps compensate herders for predator attacks, teaches humane methods to protect crops, and conducts conservation workshops. To help eliminate lion hunting from the Maasai culture, it partnered with the local Maasai to create the first-ever Maasai Olympics: the hunt for medals, not lions.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $100,000)

$50,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support

A nonprofit uniquely delivering choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families. Working with close to 200 Title 1 schools in over 20 states, it provides a book allowance to students so they can select their own books from Scholastic Reading Club each month, building an extensive home library each year.  It provides equity, dignity, and responsibility for all children.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A global animal protection organization. As the international arm of the Humane Society US, it works globally with national and local governments, other humane organizations, and individual animal protectionists to find practical, culturally sensitive, and longterm solutions to common animal issues. It promotes a global standard of respect and compassion for all animals, including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals, and wildlife.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$30,000
2018

general support

$65,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support

A Sacramento-based public radio service. Its series "The View From Here" features first-person stories and multimedia documentaries about California communities. Its digital stories around a given topic inspire listeners to learn, understand, and respond. Creating space for first-person perspectives, it aims to build stronger communities through relevant storytelling that connects us to each other's experiences, challenges, and dreams.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

support for "The View From Here"

$50,000
2016

support for "The View From Here"

An organization that supports Asian American narratives by producing, distributing, and exhibiting media works. It counters the scarcity of Asian/Asian American images, corrects distorted portrayals, and supports Asian American artists. It exposes audiences nationwide to new voices and marginalized communities within the Asian diaspora, emphasizing storytelling by / about Muslim, LGBTQ, and Southeast Asian populations.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

A chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana. It provides a home to over 200 chimpanzees, most from government biomedical research centers. In addition to promoting best care practices as a permanent sanctuary, it offers educational outreach programs and works to inspire action for the species on a global scale.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

A center for urban folk culture in New York City. It weaves the city's folklore, history, traditions, and grassroots arts into a living legacy. Through collaborations with and support for storytellers, it works towards a vision of cultural democracy that allows varied traditions to co-exist on equal footing and encourages active participation in cultural life.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A multilingual urban Latin dance theater company based in Los Angeles. Recognizing the links between community engagement and artistic production, its performances take inspiration from its communities' experiences, cultural creations, and stories. It intentionally engages diverse audiences and features stories not traditionally heard on the stage.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$60,000
2017

general support, $60,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $120,000)

$50,000
2016

general support

A socially engaged arts organization based in Oakland. Recognizing the role of artists in inciting conversations and inventing new ways of thinking, it invests in creative work that highlights the complexity, nuance, and beauty of communities too often rendered criminal or invisible. It works toward a just world rooted in a sense of shared humanity. 

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A national media and culture organization using the power of story to transcend politics and shift conversations about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. It runs campaigns that challenge media narratives; develops films that connect immigration, women's rights, and racial and economic justice; and curates a digital platform for people to tell and share stories.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$150,000
2017

general support

$150,000
2016

general support

A storytelling organization working to advance the narrative of a Detroit built on justice. Through seed grants, technical support, skill development, and mentorship, complemented by community mapping and local engagement, it creates narrative-shifting moving image projects that support and connect the commiunity. 

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

support for Detroit Narratives Agency

$50,000
2016

support for Detroit Narratives Agency

A book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five in communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. It distributes over 1 million books each month. Its book selection committee takes great care in choosing books that meet the different needs of children as they progress from birth to age five, focusing on themes of inspiration and imagination, promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics, and recognizing diversity in people and cultures.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A playwriting program for youth inside detention facilities in the Bay Area. It pairs incarcerated youth with mentors who work with them to write original plays, using non-human characters as metaphorical masks to tell personal stories. The exploration of stories without judgment and the final staged reading in front of an audience of families and community members empower youth to voice their experiences.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$20,000
2017

support for Playwriting and TOTO, $20,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $40,000)

$20,000
2016

support for Playwriting and Dance

A funding coalition that supports the end the ivory trade. It fosters collaboration, and delivers rapid impact responses on the ground in 31 countries. It funds over 160 projects and works with over 50 partners, including scientists, front-line conservation organizations, and governments who have united behind a common strategy to end international ivory trade.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$200,000
2018

general support, $200,000 per year for two years (payment two of two, total amount $400,000)

$200,000
2017

general support, $200,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $400,000)

An all-volunteer organization dedicated to recognizing women's achievements and contributions to major advancements in our society through its Monumental Women campaign. There are 23 statues of historical figures in NYC's Central Park, but not one honors a woman. The fund will build a statue commemorating America’s suffragists in Central Park, honoring the brave women who fought for 72 years for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This statue is one small but very intentional step closer to women’s equality and equal representation.

Good Fight Grants
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

for Monumental Women Campaign

A non-profit is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Recently opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

support for the National Memorial and Legacy Museum

An equine rescue and welfare organization in California. It provides sanctuary to senior equines, those with chronic conditions or behavioral issues, and wild equines that require specialized training to handle. It takes those at high-risk for euthanasia or slaughter and rehabilitates and retrains them while providing temporary or permanent sanctuary.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$15,000
2018

general support

$10,000
2017

general support

$30,000
2017

general support

$30,000
2016

general support

An independent film and media organziation in Minnesota. Committed to the craft of visual storytelling, it empowers artists at all stages of their careers. It supports a diverse community through networking, education, funding, and opportunities for showcasing work for a larger audience.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$20,000
2017

general support

$10,000
2016

general support

A Rapid City-based organization that honors and supports the Collective Spirit of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. Its "Dances with Words" program is a youth spoken word initiative on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It connects youth to Native American oral traditions and amplifies young voices in the community through facilitating and mentoring the creation of literature, poetry, spoken word, and music. It is among the organizations that make up the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Network.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$15,000
2017

support for Dances With Words

$15,000
2016

support for Dances With Words

A social impact gaming nonprofit. Harnessing the narrative power of games to inspire action and connect with audiences beyond traditional media, it facilitates the creation and distribution of digital games to further humanitarian and educational efforts; convenes a community of practice; and empowers game creators to drive real-world impact.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

general support, $75,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $150,000)

$50,000
2016

general support

A multimedia storytelling and production training organization for Los Angeles and New York City students. Its free programming aims to educate and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. Programs promote the idea that stories inspire global connections and therefore filming occurs around the world and films are translated into local languages.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$25,000
2017

general support

$25,000
2016

general support

A New York City-based media-arts organization focused on youth from low-income, new immigrant, and TLGBQ communities. It partners youth with professional artists and educators to develop narrative, non-fiction, and new media works that amplify diverse stories and then use them to educate about and advocate for their communities nationwide.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$25,000
2017

general support

$25,000
2016

general support

A global sanctuary accreditation organization. It sets best practices, facilitates operational and financial support, and promotes collaboration to enhance effectiveness and recognition. In addition to taking a comprehensive approach by setting individualized sanctuary standards for each species, it fields and reviews concerns about facilities. Sanctuaries are required to apply for renewal every 3 years.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$20,000
2018

general support, $20,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $40,000)

$20,000
2017

general support

$20,000
2016

general support

A science center based at UC Berkeley. It provides a bridge between the research community and the general public. Its scholars study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and its site provides research-based tools and training to foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$12,500
2018

to support the work of the Greater Good Science Center and its research fellow(s) to synthesize and analyze scientific research around human empathy, animal empathy, and empathic storytelling; and create an annotated bibliography summarizing the GGSC’s findings and addresses AFGs research questions.

A humane education organization. It offers direct services to impact how youth think about their responsibility to the natural world at no cost in public schools and nonprofits throughout the New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Portland areas. Its approach takes advantage of youth’s natural love and fascination with animals to develop compassion toward not only animals, but also people and the environment.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $150,000)

$50,000
2017

general support, $50,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $150,000)

$50,000
2017

support for capacity building of HEARTs programs

$50,000
2016

general support

A New York City theater company helping communities come together by making meaningful connections through the public sharing of untold stories. One project, De Novo, crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews, and letters, tells the true story of a teenaged boy from Guatemala who faced deportation after fleeing to the U.S. to escape the gang MS-13. He travels over 3,000 miles across the borders of three countries in search of his mother and a better life in the United States.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$60,000
2017

support for De Novo

$50,000
2016

support for gUN COUNTRY

A global animal protection organization. As the international arm of the Humane Society US, it works globally with national and local governments, other humane organizations, and individual animal protectionists to find practical, culturally sensitive, and longterm solutions to common animal issues. It promotes a global standard of respect and compassion for all animals, including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals, and wildlife.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2017

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$50,000
2017

support for International Disaster Relief Fund

$100,000
2016

general support

The largest and most effective animal protection organization in the nation. It works to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals. It advocates for sensible public policies, investigates cruelty, and works to enforce existing laws. It runs public education programs, leads animal disaster relief missions, and provides direct care for thousands of animals nationally.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$250,000
2018

support for Pets for Life, $250,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $750,000)

$250,000
2017

support for Pets for Life, $250,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $750,000)

$50,000
2017

support for the Disaster Relief Fund

$250,000
2016

support for Pets for Life

An animal protection organization in Silicon Valley. This trusted, best-in-class nonprofit shelter offers quality services that treat and rehabilitate animals and shares its best practices across the country with other organizations. It also works toward finding homes for shelter animals, keeping pets in homes, preventing overpopulation, and educating the community about animal welfare to enhance the human-animal bond.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2017

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2016

general support

A museum built around the founding principle: Remember the Past, Transform the Future. It is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The new Take a Stand Center is an immersive permanent exhibition with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice and an interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

An educational and cultural institution based in Jonesborough, TN. It advocates for the value of storytelling nationwide by providing the knowledge, experience, and tools to help individuals, organizations, and communities tap into the power of their own voices. In conjunction with Harvard Graduate School of Education, it is developing research on the value of storytelling in building communities, furthering education, and resolving conflict.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

An incubator and presenter of independent films. It partners with filmmakers to bring untold stories to public television and communities around the world. It encourages independent artists to take creative risks and tell complex, character-driven stories that uplift underrepresented voices in order to kindle empathy, combat negative stereotyping, and promote understanding and positive social change.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$500,000
2017

general support, $500,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $1,000,000)

$250,000
2016

general support

A nonprofit organization working to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Its Accountability Project, EndTheBacklog.org, brought to light the issue that hundreds of thousands of rape kits have gone untested for decades, meaning that hundreds of thousands of crimes have gone unsolved, victims have been denied justice, and perpetrators have gone undetected. Its goal is to eliminate the existing backlog of untested rape kits across the US and prevent a backlog from ever happening again is, inspiring—and inspired us to give.

Good Fight Grants
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

general support

A Northern California public media organization. Its television, radio, digital media, and educational services convene community dialogue and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. Its podcast "The Leap" shares stories of people who start out in one place in life and end up somewhere else — or as someone else — entirely.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

support for "The Leap"

$100,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

support for "The Leap" and "Truth Be Told"

$100,000
2016

general support

An international theater laboratory based in New York City. It empowers playwrights financially, professionally, and artistically to explore what they choose. It champions voices and perspectives that have been historically misrepresented and under-resourced by the theater field by providing development opportunities, resources, and connections in the theater community.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A developer, producer, and distributor of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. By acting as a minority consortium, it provides a voice to the diverse Latino community on public media throughout the United States.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2017

general support

A strategic fund that invests in the most innovative and effective projects across Africa to recover lions and restore their habitat. One century ago there were 200,000 lions, today there are likely just over 20,000. It supports both site-based conservation in Africa and campaign strategies that build public, political, and philanthropic will for lion recovery.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$500,000
2018

general support, $500,000 per year for two years (payment two of two, total amount $1,000,000)

$500,000
2017

general support, $500,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $1,000,000)

An organization that develops and disperses materials to create conversational bridges across issues that divide and separate us. It provides an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. The modern world no longer limits our place for speaking to a physical location and we live our lives in our communities and online: our living room is wherever we find ourselves connecting with others.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A museum that preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side, America's iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America's evolving national identity.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$15,000
2018

general support

A documentary photography organization in New York City. Grounded in the premise that stories transform how we see the world, it supports a global network of social justice and human rights focused photographers, fostering diverse visual storytelling projects as a means to raise awareness, awaken empathy, mobilize action, and strengthen society.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

An ocean wildlife conservation nonprofit. It provides free education programs for more than 80,000 students and educators each year, working to inspire conservation of the ocean. In addition to giving voice to urgent ocean issues and vulnerable ocean species, it also conducts scientific research and runs conservation and education programs involving threatened species, including sea otters, tuna, and sharks.

Animal Connection
Family Giving
Amount
Year
Purpose
$200,000
2018

general support, $200,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $600,000)

$100,000
2018

general support, Tegan Acton MBA board gift

$200,000
2016

general support

A senior canine compassionate care organization in the Bay Area. It works to improve the lives of dogs ages 7 and older who are at a high risk for euthanasia at shelters. It rescues, cares for, and connects senior dogs with loving families for the remainder of their lives or provides hospice care for the dogs' final days

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$40,000
2018

general support

$40,000
2017

general support

$40,000
2016

general support

A national project that works with organizers, advocates, and legal providers across the country that are using, or contemplating using, community bail funds as part of efforts to radically change local bail systems and reduce incarceration. The Network was established in September 2016 and is made up of over 40 community bail funds that use the regular payment of bail as well as strategic bail out actions in campaigns to end money bail and pretrial detention in both the criminal legal and immigration detention systems. It is built upon the important work of bail funds assisting individuals attain their freedom while building community capacity and a coordinated advocacy force.

Good Fight Grants
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support

A museum in Memphis that shares the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this era continues to shape equality and freedom globally. It is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, it offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

This Washington DC museum provides the opportunity to explore and revel in African American history through interactive exhibitions. It helps all Americans see how their stories, histories, and cultures are informed by global influences. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values are reflected in African American history and culture. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond its doors to engage new audiences and to work with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A museum with multiple sites that is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native peoples and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life. It offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, education, conservation, and repatriation. Its off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include traveling exhibitions and community programs. 

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A national multimedia news organization and radio program producer. Its "Embedded" podcast uses storytelling to offer listeners a chance to visit places and hear voices that might be unreachable otherwise, giving vulnerable people a chance to tell their stories firsthand. Reporters admit when they are scared or confused, helping listeners grow to understand not just what happened, but what it feels like to the people who are there.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2017

support for "Embedded"

$200,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

support for "Embedded"

$200,000
2016

general support

An American public broadcasting organization and media content distributor. Its almost 350 member stations reach nearly 100 million people through television and 28 million people online each month, offering the public the opportunity to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. Wild Kratts, for example, is a PBS KIDS multi-platform program that takes children around the globe where they encounter wild animals and habitats, and explore natural phenomena and usual creatures. The Kratts engage children and families through a mix of comedy and adventure in order to spark curiosity about science and animals, and build excitement for science.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$200,000
2018

support for Wild Kratts programming, $200,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $400,000)

A nationwide champion of writers and of freedom of expression. Recognizing the written word as a tool of great power and great change, it brings together novelists, journalists, essayists, poets, translators, and more to create a network of advocates to inspire change in America and the world. It encourages discourse, diversity, and the spread of ideas with a focus on ensuring that everyone has the freedom to create, express, share, and access literature.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$125,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A companion animal organization in the Bay Area. It provides educational programs, pet assisted therapy, low-cost and free spay/neuter programs, cruelty investigation, animal adoptions, lost and found, low-cost microchipping and vaccinations, dog obedience training, animal behavior consultations, wildlife care and rehabilitation, foster care, underage kitten care, and pet loss support.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2018

general support, $75,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $225,000)

$75,000
2017

general support, $75,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $225,000)

$75,000
2016

general support

A no-kill animal organization in the Bay Area. It rescues dogs and cats from public kill shelters and finds them new homes. In an effort to reduce and ultimately end pet homelessness, it provides free spay and neuter services to the pets of any California resident. It provides mobile surgical and veterinary care to communities with high rates of chronic animal homelessness and abandonment.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2018

general support

$75,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support

The only national organization focused on providing emergency care to pets of the homeless population. Believing in the healing power of the human-animal bond, it coordinates pet food donation sites, free wellness clinics, emergency veterinary care, and pet sleeping crate delivery to homeless shelters.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support, $10,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $30,000)

$10,000
2017

general support

$10,000
2016

general support

A West Virginia refuge for abused, abandoned, or neglected animals. It specializes in the care of pot-bellied and domestic pigs, but shelters other animals that are often considered “un-adoptable” due to complicated medical needs or a history of abuse. In addition to providing shelter and care for a variety of animals, it also provides education programs that enhance the bond between animals and people and advocate for all animals.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$7,500
2018

general support

$15,000
2017

general support

$15,000
2016

general support

A global companion animal crisis response organization. It works with law enforcement, local agencies, and animal organizations to shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and human cruelty; provides financial assistance and emotional support to owners struggling with economic hardship; and offers educational programming to children to develop empathy and critical thinking skills by exploring the human-animal bond.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$25,000
2018

general support, $25,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $75,000)

$20,000
2017

general support

$10,000
2016

general support

A direct care animal organization serving rural and low-income communities across the US and abroad. It sets up temporary field clinics for the care of companion animals and provides community education for continued care. It helps thousands of vulnerable animals a year, offering basic healthcare, surgical care, and urgent care treatment. Its volunteers are veterinary and veterinary technician students, who are given the opportunity to engage in hands on clinic experience.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2018

general support, $75,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $225,000)

$50,000
2018

support for San Carlos Outreach Project Equipment/Supplies

$50,000
2018

support for San Carlos Outreach Project, $50,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $150,000)

$75,000
2017

general support, $75,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $225,000)

$50,000
2016

general support

A companion animal protection organization in San Francisco. The 4th oldest humane society in the nation and the founder of the No-Kill movement, its role at the forefront of animal welfare is evidenced by the fact that San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the nation. It analyzes statewide trends in companion animal welfare (live release, euthanasia, and intake) and uses that data to choose shelters to support with trainings and collaborations.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2018

general support

$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

A research and conservation organization in Kenya, it works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, it identifies the most effective methods and partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers, and end demand for ivory. As leaders in elephant science, it provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance migration, and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment two of two, total amount $100,000)

$50,000
2017

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $100,000)

$50,000
2016

general support

A mutual human-animal compassion program in the Bay Area. It supports and nurtures the human-animal bond by providing individuals who have terminal, life-threatening, or disabling illnesses with comprehensive companion animal support services. Its programs include free and subsidized veterinary care, dog walking, in-home cat care, grooming, foster care when clients need hospitalization, and the rehousing of animals when clients pass away.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$35,000
2018

general support

$20,000
2017

general support

$20,000
2016

general support

A nonprofit dedicated to growing relationships between Muslim and Jewish women to fight hate, negative stereotyping and prejudice. Participants come together to engage in dialogue, socialization, social action projects, and activities to expand their knowledge of each other’s practices and beliefs. Chapters emphasize respect to build relationships across religious and cultural divides.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$5,000
2018

general support

A Cultural Center, not represented in one physical location, rather it works collaboratively with the Smithsonians' museums and research centers, ensuring that the contributions of the Latino community in the arts, history, national culture and scientific achievement are explored, presented, celebrated and preserved. It supports scholarly research, exhibitions, public and educational programs, web-based content and virtual platforms, and collections and archives. It also manages leadership and professional development programs for Latino youth, emerging scholars and museum professionals.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A snow leopard conservation and research nonprofit in Central Asia. Its community-based conservation programs work to empower people who live in the cat's habitat to help protect their local wildlife and ecosystems. Its research team creates tools and technology to better monitor and study the snow leopard while its networks facilitate the exchange of scientifically sound information to further preservation efforts.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $100,000)

$50,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support

A team of listeners, healers, artists, researchers, teachers, theologians, and creatives who work together to offer spoken word poetry, transformative dialogue, workshops, and deep listening. Working with communities, organizations, and institutions, it envisions a world where all people can confront and heal the wounds of difference, including race, gender, class, religion, national identity, and sexual orientation. Rather than treating differences as a source of division, it frames them as the source of our collective strength.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$5,000
2018

general support

A digital storytelling center based in Berkeley that believes listening deeply and sharing stories are tools to build a just and healthy world. It supports storytelling projects in vulnerable Bay Area communities and worldwide; runs workshops for telling and listening to emotionally honest stories; and explores the role of participatory media in social justice and beyond.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support

A national storytelling organization. It preserves and shares humanity’s stories in order to build connections and create a more just and compassionate world. It provides people across the country the opportunity to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for future generations in its archive at the Library of Congress. Through "One Small Step," it asks people with different political viewpoints to record interviews with each other to help people get to know each other as human beings and remember our common humanity.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$500,000
2017

general support, $500,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $1,000,000)

$500,000
2016

general support

An institute dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences from the United States and around the world. It connects film, television, new media, and theater artists with audiences to present original voices, inspire new ideas, and create community around independent storytelling. Through mentorship, outreach, community-building, and research to investigate barriers and opportunities for diverse artists, it aims to reach the widest possible array of projects for support across its programs.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$1,000,000
2017

general support, $1,000,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $2,000,000)

$1,000,000
2016

general support

A Community dialogue project prepared by The Smithsonian Institution. It aims to help people understand and counter their implicit biases and build capacity in communities to convene dialogue that will increase empathy and create more inclusive schools and workplaces. It will uncover the connections between implicit bias and group dynamics, how they can lead to explicit acts of bias and hatred by individuals and whole societies, and what we as individuals can do about it. Selected communities will will work with The Smithsonian alongside community leaders and teachers to develop a customized plan for community initiated programming on these issues. The Smithsonian will then provide the community with a 1,000 sq. ft. temporary exhibition for a pre-determined length of time, free of charge, to be the centerpiece of local activities.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

support for The Bias Inside Us

A nationwide wild animal care and rehabilitation organization. It coordinates and runs national advocacy campaigns, rescue operations, and a network of animal care facilities. Its enclosures are built for minimal human contact and offer room for same-species interaction. It works with abandoned young animals to teach species-specific skills so they can eventually be reintroduced into their natural environments.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2018

general support, $75,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $150,000)

$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. Its projects include primate habitat conservation; awareness and education campaigns about the impact of human behavior on primate populations; non-invasive research programs studying chimpanzees and other primates; and various other animal welfare activities. It works to inspire individual action to protect the world we all share, humans and animals alike.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2017

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2016

general support

A nonprofit devoted to the art and craft of storytelling. Built on the principle that sharing personal experiences prompts us to see each other's storied complexity, it inspires a worldwide community of courageous storytellers and connects them to compassionate listeners. It uncovers and elevates stories that are often overlooked, reinforcing our shared humanity.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$150,000
2017

general support, $150,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $300,000)

$150,000
2016

general support

A  program out to prove that a group of thoughtful people who differ from one another – politically, racially, religiously, or generationally – can sit down over a shared meal, go beneath the headlines, and understand the real stories that have shaped who we are. Bridging Suppers are an opportunity to escape our echo chambers and to connect deeply with folks of different backgrounds.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$10,000
2018

general support

A national performing arts nonprofit that works to deepen understanding of the military and veteran experience. It believes that by building understanding through person-to-person contact in a theater setting, a community can strengthen its connection to its veterans, itself, its place in the nation, and its relationship with the world.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2017

general support

$50,000
2016

general support and support of Bay Area Expansion if possible

A wildlife and wilderness conservation organization in East Africa. Its key programs include anti-poaching initiatives, mobile veterinary units, aerial surveillance teams, habitat protection, and local community education. Its “Orphans' Project” raises orphaned rhinos and elephants with the goal of eventually reintegrating them into the wild.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $100,000)

$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A New York City organization that approaches dance from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community. Working to create a more equitable balance of power and representation in the dance world, they use their peformances as the message and the medium to bring together diverse audiences across the country through choreography and collaboration.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

A public media organization devoted to empowering and engaging Native People to tell stories. It helps to create programming, preserves tribal media archives, produces classroom tools, and supports contemporary and historic stories. It works to counteract a history of cultural appropriation and negative portrayals to the outside world. It celebrates Native culture, heritage, wisdom, sacred stories, and the storyteller while promoting diversity in cultures, peoples, and programming across the country.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2017

general support

$100,000
2016

general support

An oral history book series and education program. Believing in the importance of  listening to and learning from the firsthand experiences of marginalized communities, it works to advance human rights by amplifying the voices of those impacted by injustice in the United States and globally. Its stories build empathy that fosters critical inquiry into and understanding of seldom-heard stories.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$150,000
2017

general support, $150,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $300,000)

$100,000
2016

general support

A grassroots organization that produces and promotes literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. It works to put more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children through a partnership with Scholastic Book Club.  It also focuses on providing books to Title 1 and other schools with large low-income populations.

Areas of Exploration
Amount
Year
Purpose
$5,000
2018

general support

A global dolphin and whale conservation organization. Over the past 20 years, it has supported over 180 conservation field projects in over 40 countries, spanning all major ocean regions and relevant river basins. It works to create marine protected areas that restrict human activity and thereby encourage dolphin and whale reproduction. With the eventual goal of achieving international recognition of whale and dolphin rights, it is working on research to better understand population estimates, population dynamics, behavioral patterns, and threat mitigation tactics.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$30,000
2018

general support, $30,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $60,000)

$30,000
2017

general support

$30,000
2016

general support

A global media-based poaching awareness program. It reduces the underlying demand for poached animals and animal products through public education and outreach. Its main programs focus on elephants, rhinos, sharks, tigers, mantas, and pangolins -- animals most at-risk for poaching. It also has initiatives targeting the issues surrounding climate change and marine protection.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2018

general support, $100,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $300,000)

$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A global animal protection organization. It provides independent wildlife conservationists with the tools, technical assistance, critical funding, and development support that they need to succeed. Its partners are among the world’s leading independent wildlife conservationists. It supports collaborations with fellow field-based NGOs, community conservancies, governments, and other stakeholders to enact bold systems changes to save endangered wildlife around the world.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$50,000
2018

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment two of two, total amount $100,000)

$100,000
2018

support for programs of most need, $100,000 per year for two years (payment two of two, total amount $200,000)

$50,000
2017

general support, $50,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $100,000)

$100,000
2017

support for community conservation programs of most need, $100,000 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $200,000)

A sanctuary for injured, orphaned, or abused wild animals in Half Moon Bay, CA. It provides lifetime care, including quality nutrition, health care, and behavioral enrichment, for over 50 non-releasable wild animals. It also works to inspire curiosity, empathy, and awe in future stewards of the earth through extensive school engagement programs about wild animals.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$60,000
2018

general support, $60,000 per year for three years (payment two of three, total amount $180,000)

$60,000
2017

general support, $60,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $180,000)

$50,000
2016

general support

A global animal welfare organization. Its goal is to end needless animal suffering. Its programs are specific and varied, including working to end the culling of stray dogs by encouraging sterilization of companion animals; offering support in disaster zones by treating ill and injured animals; and helping local communities create plans to save their animals in the case of a natural disaster. It is currently working with the United Nations to shape Sustainable Development Goals.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$75,000
2018

general support, $75,000 per year for three years (payment one of three, total amount $225,000)

$75,000
2017

general support

$75,000
2016

general support

A worldwide conservation organization. Its Protecting Ocean Pathways in the Mexican Pacific project is a community conservation program in the Gulf of California. It works to engage local communities as allies in viewing megafauna both as a source of pride and as an economic asset. Through involving citizens in monitoring species and working with communities to model best practices in ecotourism and protected area management, the program works towards the long term goal of building a body of scientific evidence and proven strategies that can be leveraged to protect the Gulf’s marine species and their habitats as they migrate throughout the region.

Animal Connection
Amount
Year
Purpose
$60,600
2018

for Protecting Ocean Pathways in the Mexican Pacific, $60,600 per year for two years (payment one of two, total amount $144,600)

$25,000
2016

support for Fresh Water program

An arts organization that brings storytelling programming to public schools. Through giving underserved young people in Los Angeles and New York City opportunities to write stories and see them brought to life via performance and film production, it furthers its mission to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$25,000
2017

general support

$25,000
2016

general support

A San Francisco-based youth storytelling and empowerment organization. It creates spaces that challenge youth to find and present their voices through arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and artistic presentations. It produces local and national poetry slams, festivals, and readings, alongside a slate of arts-in-education programs.

First-Person Storytelling
Amount
Year
Purpose
$100,000
2017

general support

Grants