TED Fellows supporters

The TED Fellows program is made possible by our supporters – extraordinary individuals and families who are passionate about the world-changing work the TED Fellows do every day. Our supporters are extremely involved in the tightly knit Fellows community, and we consider them part of our family. They play an active role at the TED conference and Fellows Retreats, mentor Fellows in their projects and careers, and help the program grow in scope and ambition.

Interested in joining these outstanding supporters? You can help by contributing funds or products. Simply email us at fellows@ted.com or learn more about how to support the TED Fellows.

Bezos Family, Dhanam Foundation, Harnisch foundation, Lewis


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Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, Crystal English Sacca & Chriss Sacca, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin


TED Fellows donors


Colleen Keegan, Renee Freedman, Alanna Shaikh


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The Fellows program is extremely grateful for the visionary support of the Bezos Family, the Harnisch Foundation and the Dhanam Foundation. We would also like to thank Dani and Tony Fadell, Jonathan D Lewis and Mark Zitelli, Toby D Lewis, Melony and Adam Lewis, the Arcus Foundation, Shawn and Brook Byers, the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, Crystal and Chris Sacca, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, Kathleen Donohue and David Sze, Chandra Jessee, Steve Jurvetson, Gerry Ohrstrom, Matt Cutts, Sharon Lyle and Mark Mutschink and Jody and Tom Darden – as well as other supporters for their sustained involvement in the Fellows program.

We would like acknowledge two unique opportunities the TED Fellowship offers as a result of our extended family: the SupporTED program, which provides ongoing and life-changing coaching to TED Fellows at no charge; and Colleen Keegan, strategic advisor to Creative Capital, whose Strategic Planning and Mentoring program helps our artists apply adapted business strategies to create new markets and sustainable economic and creative lives. These programs give essential support to the TED Fellows and truly bolster their shared mission to make the world a better place.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors, including Autodesk, Blurb, Rickshaw Bags, Jawbone, TOMS, and Icebreaker whose products have helped turn ideas into action.


About the SupporTED program

My TED coach has become one of the most important mentors in my life. She has helped me overcome anxiety and fears of failure. She has taught me how to be more open and honest in relationships. She has also helped me craft a more cohesive professional persona. I could not have gotten these results without her insight and guidance.
It’s given me confidence and practical steps toward making my work financially sustainable. I’ve worked with my TED coach to develop a business model that makes sense for me.

The SupporTED program provides professional coaching and mentoring services to TED Fellows, helping Fellows clarify and execute their professional and personal missions. With the support of the Harnisch Foundation and Renee Freedman, TED Fellows enjoy ten free sessions with a coach, who is hand-picked by the program to match each Fellow’s needs. Many Fellows then continue being coached on a long-term basis by special arrangement.

What is life coaching? A life coach provides a space for individuals to focus on life goals, while affording the support and accountability to achieve them. TED Fellows are offered the opportunity to design the next steps in their projects or careers, to meet their challenges head-on, and to create balanced and healthy personal lives.

Support from a world-class coach or mentor can enable TED Fellows to maximize their effectiveness in their professional and personal lives and to make the most of the TED Fellowship. The SupporTED coaches and mentors are some of the world's most effective and intuitive coaches, each inspired by the TED mission and by the opportunity to coach or mentor the TED Fellows. TED Fellows have reported breakthroughs in financial planning, organizational effectiveness, confidence, and interpersonal relationships thanks to SupporTED.


If you are a TED Fellow interested in being coached or mentored, or are a coach or potential mentor interested in participating in the program, please visit SupporTED to sign up.

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