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; digital storytelling destination, Topic.com; the award-winning investigative journalism outlet, The Intercept and the critically acclaimed documentary film unit, Field of Vision. The company’s first feature film, “Spotlight,” won the 2016 Academy Award® for Best Picture.
Flourish is an evergreen fund investing in entrepreneurs whose innovations help people achieve financial health and prosperity. Established in 2019, Flourish is funded by Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Managed by a global team, Flourish makes impact-oriented investments in personal finance management tools, challenger banks, regulatory innovations, and other technologies that empower people and fosters a fair, inclusive economy.
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 cultivating the conditions for enduring freedom and peace. We support and build efforts to transform the systems that contribute to human exploitation and violent conflict.
Imaginable Futures (IF) is a global philanthropic investment firm that believes learning has the power to unlock human potential and aspires to provide every learner with the opportunity and the tools they need to imagine, and to realize, a brighter future. By taking a systems approach to solving complex education challenges, IF works across public, private and social sectors to bring to life transformational ideas in local, national and global contexts for learners of all ages. With a deep commitment to on-the-ground partnership and co-creation with those we serve, Imaginable Futures is empowering learners, families and communities to be the changemakers of the future. Established in 2020 and managed by a global team, Imaginable Futures has invested $200 million in more than 100 partners across Africa, Latin America and the United States, as well as in India with sister organization, Omidyar Network India.
Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. 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 as of 2018, is 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 dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. The organization has committed more than $1 billion to innovative for-profit companies and non-profit organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network was established in 2004 by Pierre and Pam Omidyar.
Omidyar Network India invests in bold entrepreneurs who help create a meaningful life for every Indian, especially the hundreds of millions of Indians in low-income and lower-middle-income populations, ranging from the poorest among us to the existing middle class. To drive empowerment and social impact at scale, it works with entrepreneurs in the private, non-profit and public sectors, who are tackling India’s hardest and most chronic problems.
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.