In my 20-year career as a New York-based journalist, editor and media entrepreneur covering the evolution of youth culture all over the world, I have interviewed hundreds of artists, activists, students, politicians, business leaders, and all kinds of everyday change makers. Many of these changemakers are living in the margins of society. Now, the media is in crisis, and we need to find new ways to help a new generation of storytellers, through non profit organizations. What I found is that the inspirational stories that resonate the most in our digital age are the journeys of those fearless citizen journalists who are able overcome obstacles and tell true stories about the world they live in.
Nonprofits in this fund
Brooklyn NY 11217 US
Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. They educate, inspire and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. A core element of Humanity in Action is the Action Project – a campaign, organization or initiative launched by Fellows or Senior Fellows after the Humanity in Action Fellowship. Videos have been published on over 30 different projects from members of the Humanity in Action community.
Disclosure: Claude sits on the board of Humanity in Action
San Marino CA 91118 US
SeenFire is a non profit that empowers citizen journalists all over the world. The platform allows journalists to create a profile, to receive relevant news, and watch the videos they create. The technology allows journalists to learn about camera use, aesthetics, interviews, file organization and more. They can film and edit one minute videos in 24 hours. Additionally, intro, intermediate and pro certification is available to these journalists.
New York NY 10003 US
Magnum Foundation was founded by the legendary photographer Susan Meiselas. I have so much respect for her and her small team, who are so dedicated. They are mentoring and giving a much needed platform to a new generation of photographers in the way they are expanding the possibilities for creative and experimental visual storytelling to advance social justice.
About Claude Grunitzky
Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE, a fast-growing media company which was successfully sold to a French investor group in 2010, and TRUE Africa, a media tech platform championing young African voices all over the world. In 2017, TRUE Africa was funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative. Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Growing up, Grunitzky was exposed to many different cultures. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media ventures. A graduate of London University and MIT Sloan, where he received an MBA, Grunitzky is also a trustee at MASS MoCA, a contemporary art museum in Massachusetts, and at Humanity in Action, a foundation that works internationally to build global leadership, defend democracy, protect minorities and improve human rights. Grunitzky is a Visiting Social Innovator at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation and Change Initiative.