The Democracy Fund works on things that make democracy work better. Created out of a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, we invest in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. The Democracy Fund is affiliated with Democracy Fund Voice.
First Look Media – a bold independent media company that empowers the most ambitious voices in journalism, arts and entertainment. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist, Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media today operates across several areas, including an entertainment studio, Topic Studios, which develops, produces and finances feature films, documentaries, television and digital content; the newly launched digital storytelling destination, Topic.com; the award-winning investigative journalism outlet, The Intercept; the critically acclaimed documentary film unit, Field of Vision; and the popular political satire cartoon, The Nib. The company’s first feature film, “Spotlight,” won the 2016 Academy Award® for Best Picture.
Hopelab is a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. We offer a holistic process, informed by fifteen years of creating effective, scientifically validated interventions for young people. The work we do is grounded in the belief that health outcomes can improve through a combination of behavior change and compassionate support. By merging our passionate optimism with that of our partners, we inspire meaningful action and help realize a new vision for social change. Hopelab was founded in 2001, by Pam Omidyar, and is supported by Pierre and Pam.
Pierre and Pam created Humanity United in 2008 out of a fundamental belief that when humanity is united we can create a powerful force for human dignity. Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. We build, lead, and support efforts to change the systems that contribute to problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict.
Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. It was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Luminate works with its investees and partners to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in, and shape, the issues affecting their societies, and to make government, corporations, media, and those in positions of power more responsive and more accountable. Luminate does this by funding and supporting innovative and courageous organisations and entrepreneurs around the world, and by advocating for the policies and actions that will drive change across four impact areas: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media. Luminate was previously the Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative at Omidyar Network and is now part of The Omidyar Group. To date it has supported 236 organisations in 18 countries with $314 million in funding.
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm founded on Pierre and Pam’s deeply held belief that markets can create opportunities for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative for-profit companies and non-profit organizations across multiple initiative areas including digital identity, education, emerging tech, financial inclusion, governance & citizen engagement, and property rights.
Rooted in the wisdom that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand, Ulupono Initiative is a Hawaii-based social investment firm that strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii by working toward large-scale solutions that create more locally grown food, increase renewable energy, and reduce waste. Ulupono Initiative was launched by the Omidyars in 2009.