Philosophy
In the 1960's, at a time of civil unrest and social change, Gene Roddenberry offered a vision for a future where diversity and tolerance were encouraged and in which inclusivity and equality were the norm. In the future, the human potential to be "remarkable" yielded a better, fairer world - a world with no hunger, poverty, prejudice, or greed. At the foundation, we are committed to advancing Gene's faith in humanity by finding and supporting remarkable people and organizations who can disrupt existing dynamics, challenge old patterns of thought, and discover new ways to help us move towards a better future.
Origin
Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek series, brought to his audiences meaningful and thought-provoking science fiction to "think, question, and challenge the status quo" with the intention of creating "a brighter future". His work has touched countless lives and continues to entertain and inspire audiences worldwide. In 2010, Gene's son Rod established the Roddenberry Foundation to build on his father's legacy and philosophy of inclusion, diversity, and respect for life to drive social change and meaningfully improve the lives of people around the world.
Priorities
To date, the Foundation has funded work in the areas of science and technology, the environment, education, and humanitarian advances. This includes organizations that advance scientific technologies and research in fields such as medical science and space exploration; organizations that protect and preserve the environment; programs that promote access to education and academic excellence; and opportunities that empower people and communities to overcome adversity and thrive.