It’s about big, bold ideas that can change the world.

The Roddenberry Foundation (TRF) makes catalytic, timely investments in original ideas and extraordinary people who can change the world. Through three core programs we cast a wide net to uncover and support these great, often untested ideas and the individuals and organizations whose vision and leadership have the potential to bring them to fruition.

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Our Work

Our work is organized into three primary initiatives — Roddenberry Fellowship, Catalyst, and Prize — all of which offer opportunities for original thinkers, activists, and innovators from all walks of life to pursue significant, lasting change.

The Roddenberry Prize is a $1 Million global competition to crowdsource bold solutions to issues that demand an audacious, far-reaching, and scalable response. The Prize is our response to the urgency and complexity of the issues we all face and the growing and exponential impact our actions have on each other and our planet.

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The Catalyst Fund is a global, small grants program focused on early-stage, unconventional ideas that have the potential for disruptive change. We’re looking for ideas that challenge our thinking, that compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity redefines notions of what can be done and how.

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The Roddenberry Fellowship is a U.S.-based, activist fellowship that provides an exceptional group of activists, leaders, and advocates the resources to devote an entire year to advance their initiatives. Through the Fellowship, we seek to nurture community-based solutions, safeguard human rights, and strengthen key sectors and institutions that ensure a society oriented around equity and justice.

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About Us

Named as one of the Most Innovative Nonprofits in 2018 by Fast Company, the Foundation takes a fiercely experimental approach to ensure philanthropic solutions match the complexity and urgency of today’s global challenges. By supporting remarkable risk-takers and unlikely changemakers, the Foundation strives to move closer to Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a more progressive, inclusive and harmonious society.

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Meet the Roddenberry Community

The Roddenberry Community is comprised of a vibrant and ever growing network of grantees, Fellows, partners, coaches, and advisors. Collectively, they represent the backbone of the Foundation and the essence of who we are and what we do.

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Bonnie Chiu
Rishi Jaitly
Sassan Saatchi, PhD
Yangmali Sahadev Rai
Sue Pollock
Rob Tashima
Pumla Maswanganyi

Our Impact

Funding by Issue

Geographic Reach

7,600 Total Applications received
22 Countries where we’ve given grants
92 Countries where applications were received
27 States where we’ve given grants*
46 States where applications were received*

*including Puerto Rico and DC

Foundation News & Updates

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9 Organizations to Support This Holiday Season

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Meet a Fellow: Sonya Passi

Meet a Fellow: Sonya Passi  November 3, 2019 Meet Sonya, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow    Sonya is the founder of FreeFrom, a national organization on a mission to create pathways to financial security and long-term safety with and for survivors of intimate partner violence, so that they have the opportunity to live free from abuse.…

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The Cost of Charity

The Cost of Charity Hannah Dehradunwala | October 26, 2019   I’ve been thinking a lot about money and how we dance with it. In the nonprofit world, it feels like an awkward bachata with a partner that your parents have set you up with. You try your best to touch minimally, making shy and…

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