Harness envisions a world where human rights are protected by the power of the people. Our mission is to connect communities through conversation to inspire action and power change.
Harness’ vision and mission are rooted in the beginnings of the organization – a simple house meeting held by America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Piers Williams after the 2016 presidential elections. Driven by a call to respond to the shifting political climate, they harnessed their social capital to convene culture leaders, influencers, and trendsetters in the entertainment, business, and technology industries with grassroots leaders to speak about the challenges facing vulnerable communities.
We work to shift current dominant narratives about social issues by bringing grassroots leaders from organizations that work with communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and Muslims – as well as broader issues of racial equality – to the table with pop culture leaders and influencers to learn how we can change narratives together. This is accomplished through mainstage events featuring grassroots community partners, specialized programming for entertainment, business, and technology industries, content creation, and strategic partnerships with media partners.
Supporting Harness ensures that grassroots organizers can connect with and leverage culture leaders, influencers, and trendsetters to share their stories, amplify their message, and ultimately change the current narrative.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for Harness. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.