Innovate Against Hate

  • February 17, 2017

Innovation Prize Request for Proposals


The Anti-Defamation League and The Natan Fund are pleased to announce Innovate Against Hate, an innovation prize intended to catalyze the creation of grassroots approaches to counter the rise of hate online, to deter abuse, and to protect users from cyber harassment. While the findings in a recent ADL study documenting a troubling year-long rise in anti-Semitic hate focused specifically on journalists, the growth of various forms of bigotry, online harassment, and cyberbullying warrants a broader focus. This partnership is intended to catalyze creative approaches to uncovering and combating not only anti-Semitism, but a myriad of forms of hate online.​

Applications will be screened and five finalists will participate in a “fast pitch” competition in front of a panel from ADL and Natan at an event.

One first-place winner will receive a grant of $35,000;

One runner-up will receive a grant of $15,000.


Innovative nonprofit organizations and individuals, including but not limited to programmers, students, academics, journalists, artists, and social entrepreneurs in the United States should consider applying. Innovate Against Hate project proposals should seek to do one or more of the following:​

  • Develop positive, constructive efforts to understand, expose and undermine some form of online hate, such as harassment, extremism, or cyberbullying;
  • Educate diverse audiences about the contours and dangers of hate online, particularly those that chill the ability or willingness of people to use social media;
  • Build awareness of existing tools available on various social media platforms to tackle hate, and encourage not only their active use, but also ways to improve them; and
  • Encourage counterspeech initiatives that bring Jewish and other ethnic and religious communities together to speak out against and overwhelm hate speech online.


To apply, please fill out Natan's application form by March 15, 2017​

How the process works:​

  • From January 5 to March 15, organizations and individuals are invited to apply.​
  • From March 15 to March 31, applicants will be screened by the staff at the ADL and the Natan Fund.
  • Finalists will be notified of their status by the beginning of April.
  • Finalists will appear at a public event where  they will present a 10-minute “fast pitch” to a panel of judges, who will then award the Innovate Against Hate grant.


The Natan Fund inspires philanthropists to engage actively in Jewish giving by funding innovative initiatives that are shaping the Jewish future. Natan members pool their funds and bear the risks involved with supporting new and/or undiscovered ideas. They engage in a group educational process in order to fund innovative, creative, and socially meaningful initiatives, and they make all of Natan’s grant decisions collectively.  ​

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. ADL has been the leader in the fight against online hate for over 25 years.

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