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.
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.
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.
The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest advocates for transparency in government and advancing public access to information with free legal advice.
This initiative is designed to support leaders in Hawaii who want to take a collaborative, cross-sector approach to solving complex problems. It leverages the wisdom and problem-solving practices of diverse practitioners with Hawaii ties in an effort to foster positive social change throughout the community.
The Omidyar Ohana Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation fuels investments and charitable grants that aim to improve the lives of Hawaii residents.
The Hawaii Leadership Forum serves as a catalyst and convener, aiming to advance all levels of leadership in Hawaii.
Created in 2010 by Pierre Omidyar, Honolulu Civil Beat informs and engages community members through public affairs and investigative reporting on topics of critical importance to Hawaii.
The Omidyar Fellows program, part of the Hawaii Leadership Forum, aims to cultivate a community of emerging leaders to collectively transform Hawaii’s future.
In 2005, the Omidyars gave a $100 million gift to Tufts University to establish a fund that invests in global microfinance initiatives, enabling economic self-empowerment among the world’s poor.
Aimed at creating “new leadership for new science,” this fellowship offers early-career scholars a residence of up to three years in a collaborative research community that provides cross-disciplinary opportunities to study complex problems that advance scientific frontiers.
The Giving Pledge Pam Pierre
The Omidyars’ joined the The Giving Pledge in 2010. Read their commitment letter here. The Giving Pledge is an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by inviting the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will.
Pam’s love and appreciation of the ocean drives her support of The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at University of Hawaii, dedicated to the advancement of understanding and conservation of tropical marine ecosystems.
Pam has been a dedicated friend of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and believes in the organization’s commitment to perpetuate Polynesian voyaging traditions to inspire all people to preserve their culture and natural environments.
First Look Media Pierre
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.
Nicolas Berggruen Institute Pierre
Pierre serves on the 21st Century Council at The Berggruen Institute - a forum for dialogue on global governance. Members include former heads of state, global entrepreneurs, and political thinkers.
Omidyar Technology Ventures Pierre
A for-profit venture capital firm which focuses on commercial technology innovation and entrepreneurs who look to solve big, meaningful problems.
Punahou School Pierre
Pierre is an alumnus and board member at Punahou School, the largest independent school in the U.S. Punahou School aims to develop the full potential of students to become engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.
Named after the Persian word meaning “enlightened, bright and clear,” the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is a nonprofit organization supporting the preservation, transmission, and instruction of the Persian language and culture. Pierre serves on its board of directors.
Spero Ventures Pierre
Spero, Latin for “hope,” invests in founders building a future that belongs to everyone. It is a venture capital firm that is optimistic about the role of technology in building a better world.
UP2398 is a venture capital fund that invests in and collaborates with innovative technology entrepreneurs. The name is a play on an airline flight number with 2398 representing the mileage between SFO and HNL, a route that founders Pierre Omidyar, Randy Ching and Alex Poon fly alot, allowing for uniterrupted time for creative thinking.
The World Post Pierre
The World Post provides a platform for understanding current events through a global lens. Pierre is a member of the editorial board.