Warren Buffett’s Son Invests $34M in #MeToo, LGBTQ Rights and More

NoVo's Radical Hope Fund is giving grants to 19 organizations.

Warren Buffett’s son Peter Buffett and his wife Jennifer are doing what they can to help drive change for major social issues that have gained traction lately, such as the #MeToo movement, racial injustice and immigrant and refugee justice.

The NoVo Foundation, which they run, is granting $34 million to nonprofits — most led by women of color — in the U.S. and around the world, as part of NoVo’s Radical Hope Fund.

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The announcement marks the culmination of a yearlong, global call for social justice partnerships. Out of the 1,000 applications, 19 organizations were selected for funding based on how each project invokes radical hope, courage and creativity, and advances the agenda of positive social change, among other qualities.

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Almost one year since its launch, the Radical Hope Fund is a complementary extension of the NoVo Foundation and a multiyear commitment to support transformative social justice work across the globe. Founded in 2006, NoVo has become one of the largest private foundations in the world to support initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women, including a dedicated focus on ending violence against girls and women.

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The inaugural grantees are devoted to driving social change in communities, from women Nobel Peace Prize laureates influencing the Korean peace process, to Gen Z and millennial Latinx feminist organizers combining protest with performance, to an international network devoted to eliminating the root cause of violence against females and many others.

See the complete list of organizations that will receive a grant:

Radical Hope Fund Grantees, Projects, Locations, Grants

1. African Women’s Development Fund

The Flourish Project: Africa — $985,090

2. Allied Media Projects

Create, Connect, Transform: Detroit — $3,000,000

3. Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project

Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project: Minneapolis; Oakland, Calif.; Washington, D.C. — $300,000

4. Blackbird, with Matters of the Earth

Blackbird Global Black Victory Lab: Africa, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, U.S. — $2,640,000

5. Center for Justice at Columbia University

Women Transcending: U.S. — $2,530,000

6. Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP), with Jire Dole and Amnesty International Nigeria

Chicoco Collective: Port Harcourt, Nigeria — $865,000

7. Florida Immigrant Coalition

Radical Hope Florida: Florida — $2,000,000

8. Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, with Climate Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network and Right to the City Alliance

It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance: U.S., Canada — $3,500,000

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
©It Takes Roots

9. Grassroots International, with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network and World March of Women Project

Strengthening Grassroots Feminist Movements Collaborative: Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Palestine, Puerto Rico, U.S. — $4,000,000

10. Jolt, with Deeds Not Words

Movement Mujeres: Texas — $2,000,000

11. Masimanyane Women’s Rights International

International Network to End Violence Against Women and Girls: International (member representatives from Australia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Samoa, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, U.S.) — $1,240,000

12. The Movement for Black Lives

Electoral Justice Project: U.S. — $500,000

13. Movement Strategy Center

Decolonizing Race: U.S. — $2,000,000

14. National Domestic Workers Alliance

Women’s Rematch: U.S., with a focus on Georgia — $2,000,000

15. The Nile Forum Project

Regenerating a Nile Community of Communities: Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda — $1,280,000

16. People’s Action Institute

Rural Women’s Collaborative: Uniting Across Race and Place for Racial and Economic Justice: Alabama, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wisconsin — $1,800,000

17. Tewa Women United

Healing Justice and Radical Self-Care: U.S., with a focus on New Mexico — $900,000

18. Water Protector Legal Collective

Strengthening Indigenous Voices for Unci Maka: North America — $1,061,000

Women Cross DMZ.
©Chelsea Brooke Roisum

19. Women Cross DMZ, with Nobel Women’s Initiative, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Women’s Action for New Directions

Women Led Korea Peace Treaty 2020 Campaign: Canada, China, Japan, North Korea, U.S., South Korea — $2,000,000

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