Initiatives

We fund research on the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states in philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the social sciences (especially psychology and sociology).


The Philosophy of Hope and Optimism

A $495,000 funding initiative to support work in philosophy.

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Hope, Optimism, & God

A $450,000 funding initiative to support work in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology.

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The Science of Hope and Optimism

A $1.4 million funding initiative to support empirical work in psychology and sociology.

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Hope on Stage

A $50,000 playwriting competition, including a $10,000 prize for the winning playwright and an additional $40,000 to sponsor the premier of the winning play.

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Hope on Screen

A contest for established and amateur filmmakers to explore hope and optimism in short videos. First prize will be $2,500; other prizes will bring the total to $10,000.

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