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The Fund for Digital Equity

Connect Humanity supports, catalyzes, and scales holistic solutions providing people with the internet access and means needed to participate fully in a digital society.
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3.6 billion people lack access to the internet.

They are falling further behind as society digitalizes around them.

  • Traditional telecommunications operators have not and will not solve this problem. Nor will governments.
  • Less than 1% of philanthropy has gone toward infrastructure of any kind.
  • Achieving digital equity — when all individuals and communities have the information technology
    capacity needed for full participation in their society, democracy, and economy — depends on all of us committing to meet communities where they are, with the blend of support they need, on their journey to digital equity.

The costs of digital inequity are real:

  • 1 in 3 kids, unable to connect during the pandemic, are losing a year or more of education.
  • Poverty is surging as people are unable to pivot to remote work or find jobs online.
  • It’s increasingly difficult to register to vote or participate in democracy without internet access.
  • Communities of color are disproportionately underconnected due to persistent digital redlining.
  • Billions unable to book a vaccine appointment or access government services.

The Opportunity

Connect Humanity is a fund advancing digital equity. We support, catalyze, and scale holistic solutions providing people with the internet access and means needed to participate fully in a digital society. Our approach centers on non-traditional operators and civil society organizations who are demonstrating progress in connecting historically underserved communities, pioneering efforts to make the internet more affordable, providing digital literacy training, and more. What we hear time and again is that they lack access to the capacity and capital to meet the needs in their communities. That’s why our model focuses on meeting these non-traditional operators where they are, assessing the needs of the communities they serve, and providing a range of financial tools to help them holistically and sustainably achieve digital equity.

Alongside our partners, we employ a holistic approach to achieving digital equity:


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Digitalization is happening.

Digital equity depends on all of us.

Learn more about our holistic approach:

The Opportunity

Learn more about the support we provide:

Our Funds