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The VII Foundation

The VII Foundation’s mission is to transform visual journalism by empowering new voices and creating stories that advocate change. In a world where beliefs and actions are increasingly out-of-sync with facts and realities, transforming visual journalism is an urgent task.


With an emphasis on changing policy and educating youth, our high-profile projects narrate lived experiences, document complex problems, and seek sustainable solutions. Education is at the heart of our mission. The VII Foundation is the first and only media organization dedicated to providing long-term, tuition-free media education for the Majority World and underrepresented communities. We focus on these regions because they are where media training is underfunded or nonexistent. 

To deliver our mission, we have an educational stream of three programs – VII Academy, VII Community, and VII Insider.

There are many ways to join our existing partners and support the growth of our educational initiatives so that we can extend our work’s reach. Visit our Donate Page for more information.

A book, exhibition, education, and advocacy project. In this signature collection, world-renown journalists and authors take us into societies that have suffered searing conflict—and survived. Funded by the Gross Family Foundation.
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) is a book, interactive classroom curriculum, and traveling museum touring the United States. MVP is funded by the Gross Family Foundation and Blue Chip Foundation.
Dispatches in Exile provides migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina with basic media training to tell their own stories in partnership with The International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Yves Saint Laurent by Alexandra and Pierre Boulat is an extensive body of photographic work capturing the most significant moments throughout French fashion and costume designer Yves Saint Laurent’s career.
Since 2004 visual artist Ismar Čirkinagić has been gathering, preserving, and identifying plants from the sites of mass graves across Bosnia-Herzegovina and photographing the landscapes in which they were found.
Dedicated to advancing women's presence in the documentation of the natural world, Nature Through Her Eyes' mission is to provide access and opportunity through mentoring, masterclasses, and networking during a bi-annual four-day festival.

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