How we fund

As of the beginning of 2018, we have closed our online inquiry system, and we have moved to an invitation-only grantmaking process. To learn more about why we made this decision, read our blog post here.

What are your deadlines?

There are no deadlines. We invite full proposals approximately every two months throughout the year.

Do you have a geographic focus?

We do not have any geographic restrictions. Generally, we do not fund projects with a strictly local impact.

Do you fund international work?

We award grants to nonprofit organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. For organizations with 501(c)(3) status that do work abroad or have headquarters abroad, our funding for international projects is very limited and generally reserved for projects with a global rather than a country-specific scope.

Do you accept fiscal sponsorships?

Yes, we accept fiscal sponsorships. If you are using a fiscal sponsor, please use the information of the requesting organization when creating an account, rather than that of the fiscal sponsor. You can include the fiscal sponsor name after that of the requesting organization following a back slash—ex: Requesting Organization / Fiscal Sponsor.

Do you fund individuals?

We are only able to award grants to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. We may fund projects spearheaded by individuals if they fit within our guidelines and are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. Please note that it is not within our guidelines to fund scholarships or sponsorships.

How much do you allow for indirect costs?

We only regulate indirect costs for university grantees. We trust you to spend the necessary amount on operations and administration to accomplish your work effectively. University indirect cost rates are subject to a 10% limitation that can be applied to the total grant costs (including personnel, supplies, travel).

 What is the nature of your relationship with Impact Partners? What is your role in their process?

We are one of the investing partners in the Impact Partners group. When they recommend a film investment to the group, we consider whether it fits our impact investing and programmatic priorities.

 Do you offer multi-year grants?

We invite a small number of multi-year grant proposals based on long-term relationships with our grant partners. If we have not made a series of renewal grants to your institution already, you are not a candidate for a multi-year grant from us.


Grantee Facts

Upstart Co-Lab / Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Project Name:
General Support

Amount Granted:
$150,000/3 years