Radical Hope Fund

The NoVo Foundation’s mission is to foster transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership. We remain steadfast in our approach of supporting the development of capacities in people—individually and collectively—to help create a more caring and balanced world. As one of our core values, we believe in Radical Hope: we are deeply optimistic that we can contribute to systemic progress that addresses the root causes of injustice. Grounded in that optimism, we remain focused on long-term solutions and join our voices with those who proudly advocate for fundamental social change.

Last year, we announced a commitment in Radical Hope Fund grants to organizations driving systemic social change in communities around the world. We are thrilled to partner with 19 organizations selected among 1,000 applicants who are doing bold and transformative social justice work in the United States and across the globe.

A time for transformation

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 asked what might be possible, if movement leaders had the support they needed not only to defend against daily attacks, but also to dream of new possibilities, experiment with new collaborations, and guide us to new solutions?

As we noted last year, the work of transforming our broken systems is more urgent than ever. In the United States, we are experiencing a continued breakdown of the fundamental pillars of democracy including independently functioning branches of government, rule of law, and a free press. There is an escalating assault on human rights, and the impact reverberates globally, with the deepest impact on girls and women, communities facing racial and ethnic discrimination, LGBTQI people, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and other marginalized people and communities around the world. In the face of extreme greed, violence, and inequality, we are experiencing barriers and divisions that threaten the strength of our movements and achievement of our deeply held visions. Yet the social justice community often still operates in hierarchies, we lean on habits and structures that do not serve us, and show up to do the work of social change as parts of ourselves rather than as whole people.

This is why we must develop new strategies to overcome the structural failures that are undermining our communities, including racism, misogyny, xenophobia, transphobia, and other forms of structurally reinforced hate, bigotry, and exclusion.

Responding to this moment with collaboration, creativity and courage

This moment calls for creativity and innovation, grounded in the wisdom of those both past and present who have resisted, subverted, and transcended oppressive conditions and policies. We must nurture community-based solutions, safeguard human rights, and strengthen key sectors and institutions that ensure a society oriented around compassion and justice. We are called to dig deeper for different ways of being, rooted in love of humanity and the Earth. We must trust in the experience, vision and leadership of the communities bearing the brunt of regressive policies and violence, including girls and women, communities facing racial and ethnic discrimination, LGBTQI people, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and other marginalized people and communities around the world.

Deepening our collective ability to build a more just and balanced world

The fund will support new partnerships and efforts that make it possible for organizations to go deeper and farther with connection, collaboration, and courage. It is grounded in hope that a time of great challenge can also spur a moment of unprecedented collaboration and imagination, deepening our collective ability to build a more just and balanced world.

Learn more about our grantee partners and their projects by visiting our Radical Hope Grantee Partners page. For questions about the Radical Hope Fund, please email radicalhope@novofoundation.org.