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Internet Society Foundation

The Internet is for Everyone

aka Internet Society Foundation   |   Reston, VA   |  http://isocfoundation.org

Mission

The Internet Society Foundation champions ideas and enables communities to unlock the Internet's potential to tackle the worlds evolving challenges. Our work advances the vision of the Internet Society (ISOC): The Internet is For Everyone.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Sarah Armstrong

Main address

11710 Plaza America Drive Suite 400

Reston, VA 20190 USA

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EIN

82-3285688

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Internet Society Foundation supports organizations around the world to create an Internet for Everyone by enabling access and digital skills for communities in need, by funding research into critical issues around the future of the Internet, and by supporting the delivery of Internet-based solutions to challenges that face people around the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beyond the Net Large

The Internet Society Foundations Beyond the Net Large Grant Programme offers funding to support Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to implement innovative projects that make a local impact by providing meaningful access to an open, trusted, and globally connected Internet.

Program Objectives:
Strengthen the impact of the Internet Society and the Internet Society Foundations mission and global initiatives with complementary local activities
Contribute to the development of the Chapter and local community
Engage members and Chapter leadership around a common activity
Develop new or strengthen existing relationships and partnerships at the local level

Population(s) Served

The Internet Society Foundations Beyond the Net Small Grant Programme offers funding to support Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to implement short-term projects with a goal of providing learning opportunities, increasing membership in the Chapter/SIG, or undertaking specific research projects.

Program Objectives:
Strengthen the impact of the Internet Society and the Internet Society Foundations mission and global initiatives with complementary local activities
Contribute to the development of the Chapter and local community
Engage members and Chapter leadership around a common activity
Develop new or strengthen existing relationships and partnerships at the local level

Population(s) Served

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) funding program supports the organization of IGF events at the local, national, regional and global levels, as well as Schools of Internet Governance. The goal of the IGF is to encourage an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue on policy issues related to Internet governance. The goal of Schools of Internet Governance is to ensure that diverse actors have the skills to participate in Internet governance structures and shape the future of the Internet.

Population(s) Served

The Connecting the Unconnected funding program supports communities and local organizations working to build and expand Internet infrastructure for people living in rural, remote, and low-income areas.

Population(s) Served

The Sustainable Peering Infrastructure funding program supports local communities to build IXPs that make the Internet faster and more affordable.

Population(s) Served

The Sustainable Technical Communities funding program supports the organization of technical events, in order to enable strong and sustainable technical communities that help the Internet thrive.

Population(s) Served

The Internet Society Foundations Research Program supports global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its value for all.

Program Objectives:
Promote novel methodologies that generate solutions to Internet-related challenges
Identify and support a diverse and collaborative group of researchers and research institutions
Facilitate access to intersectional research that can be applied to decision-making in government and industry

Population(s) Served

The Internet Society Foundation takes a futurist approach to support the development of innovative methods, technologies, and infrastructure that seek to enhance Internet connectivity and access. The Foundation aims to support teams of creatives, technologists, researchers, and social/cultural workers to design and build prototypes and pilots that will bring into reality innovative solutions to Internet connectivity particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable or not readily accessible. By focusing our funding in this way, the Foundation will create opportunities to expand the vision of the Internet Society, that The Internet is for everyone.

Program Objectives:
Advance Internet development
Improve Internet access and connectivity around the world
Promote responsible innovation

Population(s) Served

The Strengthening Communities/Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) grant program aims to contribute to economic inclusion and increase educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more knowledgeably and skillfully use the Internet. The long-term aim of the program is to play a key role in supporting digital transformation. This aim is aligned with the Internet Societys purposes to promote educational applications of the Internet, to promote the Internets development, evolution, or use to benefit people, and to stimulate and educate communities in the Internets use and application.

Population(s) Served

The Internet Society Foundations Resiliency Program supports projects that increase network resiliency in communities prone to natural disasters, so that these communities will be better able to prepare for and withstand the effects of natural disasters on Internet connectivity.

The Resiliency Program is one component of the Foundations RARE (Resiliency & Responding to Emergencies) Program, which seeks to help communities enhance preparedness and build Internet resiliency when faced with adverse events such as national disasters.

Program Objectives:
Ensure readiness of local communities to maintain or repair Internet connectivity
Re-establish Internet connectivity for communities affected by natural and climate-related disasters

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of communities connected to the Internet

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the philanthropic arm of the Internet Society Foundation, our efforts enable communities around the world to enrich their lives though the Internet.

We are funding initiatives that strengthen the Internet in function and reach so that it can effectively serve all people. Our work advances the vision of the Internet Society (ISOC): The Internet is For Everyone.

The Foundation embodies the following values, which support and strengthen our organizational capabilities:

We arebold. We are unafraid to take on new challenges, seek unique solutions, and blaze our own trail.

We act withintegrity.We do what is right even when it is not easy, hold ourselves and others to a high standard, and choose honesty above all else.

We arecommitted.We prioritize our grantees' success and sustainability, our team members' well-being and growth, and making a true difference for people and the planet.

We areinclusive. We seek out worldwide opportunities to advance ideas and we foster strength in diversity.

in 2023, we supported 23 technical communities

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Internet Society Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ted Hardie

Ted Hardie

Cisco

Robert Pepper

Meta

Laura Thomson

Fastly

Olufunke Baruwa

Ford Foundation

Ramanou Biaou

CyberSpector

Brian Haberman

Victor Kuarsingh

Oracle

Barry Leiba

Futurewei

Luis Martinez

Universidad Iberoamericana

Charles Mok

Stanford University

Caleb Ogundele

Nigerian School on Internet Governance

Jon Peterson

TransUnion

Andrew Sullivan (ex-officio)

Internet Society

Sagarika Wickramasekera

University of Colombo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data