At Humanity United, we believe in the power of people to bring about extraordinary change. When humanity is united, we can act together to create a powerful force for human dignity.
We are a foundation dedicated to cultivating the conditions for enduring freedom and peace. Working from a belief that whatever problems humans create humans can solve, we support and build efforts to change the systems that suppress human rights and contribute to human suffering.
To do this, we encourage experimentation, innovation, co-creation, and adaptation to maximize impact. Our tools go beyond traditional financial support and include network development, advocacy, strategic communications, and some HU-led initiatives.
Diverse in voice but united in purpose, our partners and staff are curious, empathetic, and, above all, dedicated to creating a world with greater peace and dignity. We are united by our values and inspired by the fresh ideas and hard work it will take to achieve change that is lasting.
Launched in 2008, HU was founded by The Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of independent organizations and initiatives that pursue different ways to improve the lives of people and societies.
Humanity United was initially founded as a social welfare organization and reorganized as a private foundation in 2016. Any references to legislative lobbying or attempts to influence legislation on this website, including in our Performance Reports for the years 2011 through 2015, were either undertaken when HU was a social welfare organization, which is permitted to lobby under applicable law, or consisted of permissible private foundation advocacy activities, including support for public education and nonpartisan research and analysis. HU does not currently undertake legislative lobbying and operates on a strictly nonpartisan basis.