A selection of media created and / or supported by funders to drive social change. We’re happy to receive submissions. To submit media projects please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Impact design in VR: A toolkit for media makers and mission-driven organizations
Dec. 18, 2017 | Children and Youth | Interactive
This toolkit provides insights from VR Action Lab, a collaboration between Harmony Labs, Google’s Daydream Impact, Screenwriters Colony, Sensorium Works and others that embedded virtual reality in curricula designed to teach middle schoolers anti-bullying behaviors. The toolkit offers guidance, questions for reflection, and lessons learned for other media makers and organizations seeking to use virtual reality to achieve social impact.
Over the past eight years, the annual John P. McNulty Prize—awarded by the McNulty Foundation—has celebrated individuals who are using their exceptional leadership abilities, entrepreneurial spirit and private sector talents to make an impact on the world’s toughest challenges.
Vince Stehle, our executive director, attends a lot of meetings and conferences throughout the year. Each time, he returns with something new: a connection, an idea for collaboration, a project worthy of more attention.
What is it: A campaign launched by Ford in late January that seeks to raise awareness about inequality in all its forms and what can be done about it. Ford asked people on social media one question: “Finish this sentence: Inequality is…”
Funded by: MacArthur Foundation, Catapult Film Fund
Dec. 5, 2015 | Funded by MacArthur Foundation, Catapult Film Fund | Produced by Vaishali Sinha | Health, LGBTQ, Women and Girls | Documentary Film
With support from the MacArthur Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, and others, Indian director Vaishali Sinha examines how Indians discuss sex in her documentary Ask the Sexpert. This feature length documentary is centered on a highly popular sex advice columnist in Mumbai, India—Dr. Mahinder Watsa. Read more
Funded by: The Bertha Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Foundation, the Finnish Film Foundation
Jul. 12, 2015 | Funded by The Bertha Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Foundation, the Finnish Film Foundation | Produced by Joshua Oppenheimer | Documentary Film
Produced with support from the Bertha Foundation, The Freedom of Expression Foundation, and the Finnish Film Foundation, Joshua Oppenheimer’s new documentary The Look of Silence follows a 44-year-old optometrist named Adi Rukun who confronts the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Read more
Funded by: Kendeda Fund
Jun. 22, 2015 | Funded by Kendeda Fund | Produced by James Balog | Environment | Documentary Film
Funded by the Kendeda Fund, the William H. Donner Foundation, and private donations, Chasing Ice uses time-lapse photography to document our changing climate. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. (more…)
Funded by: ITVS, NYSCA, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Council for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Firelight Labs, Caam, Fledgling Fund, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Jun. 22, 2015 | Funded by ITVS, NYSCA, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Council for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Firelight Labs, Caam, Fledgling Fund, The Nathan Cummings Foundation | Produced by Jason DaSilva | Health | Documentary Film
Funded by ITVS, NYSCA, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Council for the Arts, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, Firelight Labs, CAAM, the Fledgling Fund, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and more, When I Walk Tells the story of Jason DaSilva’s experience with multiple sclerosis. In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. (more…)
Funded by: Rockefeller Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Tribeca Film Institute
Jun. 12, 2015 | Funded by Rockefeller Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Tribeca Film Institute | Produced by Studio REV, National Domestic Workers Alliance | Economic Justice, Immigration, Justice, Women and Girls | Games, Issue Campaigns
Produced by Studio REV- in collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, The Domestic Worker App is a public art + know-your-rights resource accessible by any kind of cell phone. Read more
April 18, 2015 | Funded by Fork Films | Produced by Eva Anisko, Abigail Disney, Kathleen Hughes, Gini Reticker | Children and Youth, Health | Documentary Film
The Rev. Rob Schenck has a crisis of faith in this documentary by Abigail Disney. As a conservative evangelical pastor, he lobbies Washington on a pro-life platform — but questions how firearm legislation can coexist with those beliefs. Read more
April 18, 2015 | Funded by Catapult Film Fund | Produced by Julie Goldman, Ivy Meeropol | Environment | Documentary Film
Nuclear power has faced many roadblocks to mainstream acceptance in the United States, mainly concerns about its potential dangers. In Indian Point, the nuclear power plant in question is only 35 miles north of Times Square on the Hudson River, and it is growing old. Read more
Funded by: Chicken & Egg Pictures, Ford Foundation, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project, Influence Film Foundation, The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Women Make Movies
April 17, 2015 | Funded by Chicken & Egg Pictures, Ford Foundation, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Independent Filmmaker Project, Influence Film Foundation, The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Women Make Movies | Produced by Naziha Syed Ali, Whitney Dow, Jonathan Goodman Levitt, Musharraf Shah, Hemal Trivedi | Children and Youth, Education | Documentary Film
Islamabad, Pakistan is home to the infamous Red Mosque, whose leader Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi teaches the Koran and proselytizes for ISIS. Among the Believers follows Aziz as a political, religious, and local business influence, but also tells the stories of several of his young students. Read more