The Sundance Institute

Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage, Sundance Institute remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe. Learn more about the Sundance Institute at their website,

Semnani Family Foundation

The Semnani Family Foundation focuses primarily on promoting the health, education and disaster relief for marginal communities in the United States and around the world.

The philosophy of the Foundation is guided by a desire to empower the most vulnerable members of society, where ever they may be. We seek to leverage our resources in a cost effective and efficient manner that delivers the maximum benefit to help the most marginal of communities—those who would otherwise be left out, forgotten or neglected, or those who would risk serious and irreversible damage and injury from exposure to natural or man-made disasters such as famine, floods, earthquakes and war.

To learn more about the Semnani Family Foundation, check out their website at



The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) inspires social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology.


The Bay Area Video Coalition’s vision is that:

  • A diverse group of independent media makers will possess the skills they need to tell, distribute, and preserve their own stories and the stories of their communities through existing and emerging media formats and outlets
  • Our work will be recognized for its effectiveness by our constituencies who are most in need of our services, national funders, innovative technology companies, and visionary thinkers
  • Our efforts will lead to both personal and social change, including greater respect for and cultural inclusion of diverse voices and experiences
  • Our work will provide an alternate educational and creative pathway for young people to tell their stories while laying the foundation for their future
  • Our program evaluation and expertise will inform and support effective learning in the field

To learn more about BAVC, check out their website at

Cal Humanities

Cal Humanities is a non-profit that promotes the humanities in California to help create “a state of open mind.”

We produce, fund, and support cultural experiences in media, literature, and discussion programs. Through our work, we inspire Californians to learn more, dig deeper, and start conversations that matter among our dramatically diverse people.

Every day we ask ourselves: what does it take to create “a state of open mind?”

Cal Humanities promotes the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to become a better California. As an independent, non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we were originally founded in 1975 as a granting organization, but through the years we have created and implemented our own signature humanities programs and projects. Cal Humanities now plays a critical role across the state in producing, funding, and supporting cultural experiences and events.

To learn more about Cal Humanities, check out their website at

The San Francisco Foundation

We are a vehicle for change and a bridge to the future, a network of philanthropists and civic leaders bringing resources together to support and build on the strengths of community and make the Bay Area the best place it can be. For more than 60 years, we have been an incubator for community investment, original ideas, and passionate leadership. Learn about our origins and our vision for the future.

To learn more about the San Francisco Foundation, check out their website at