NoVo Foundation announces $34 million Radical Hope Fund


Alliance magazine


The NoVo Foundation has announced $34 million—up from $20 million committed originally—in Radical Hope Fund grants to 19 organisations from among 1,000 applicants doing bold and transformative social justice work in the United States and around the world.

NoVo launched the Radical Hope Fund in July 2017 with a global call for projects grounded in new partnerships, bold experimentation, and a deep commitment to social justice.

‘We launched the Radical Hope Fund as a radical experiment—can a time of increasing repression and darkness also serve as a springboard for deep collaboration and transformative change?’ said Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo’s co-presidents. ‘The answer has been overwhelming: feminist grassroots advocacy, activism, and organizing are thriving across the globe, new partnerships are growing, and justice leaders everywhere are planting the seeds for a radical new world based in equity, possibility, power, and dignity for all.’

The fund was created as a direct response to alarming worldwide social justice trends including the resurgence of hate speech and violence, escalating assaults on human and civil rights, and widening wealth inequality.

‘We hear a lot about innovation in the social sector, but the truth is that marginalized communities are rarely granted the trust, support, and space they need to experiment and dream,’ said Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation. ‘The Radical Hope Fund grantees show us that radical innovation is already happening, feminist organizing is already leading our way, and the answer so many are looking for in these challenging times is already in front of us, if only we are willing to back it up with the trust and support it deserves.’

NoVo is also launching a new Radical Hope Blog Series to chronicle the work of partners around the world in their own voices, to share learning and insights, build solidarity, and increase support for their work.

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