The Roddenberry Foundation wanted to do more than “philanthropy as usual” by supporting bold ideas in line with the legacy of Gene Roddenberry—funding a vision of a better humanity, regardless of the issue area—which means they needed a network of relationships to find grantees.
A prize to award $1 million to the boldest ideas improving our planet. The prize created buzz, raising awareness of the Foundation's unique approach and catalyzed the network of relationships they will engage with to find future grantees.
"WE CAN FIND SOLUTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FROM FOLKS WHO WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO FIND OTHERWISE, PARTNER WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO PARTNER WITH, AND DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS IN AN EASY AND STRAIGHTFORWARD WAY. WE CAN ACCOMPLISH A LOT OF THE GOALS THAT WE HAVE AS A FOUNDATION THROUGH THIS ONE MECHANISM."
CEO, The Roddenberry Foundation