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.

The Bezos Family Foundation

Dhanam Foundation


Lynda Weinman

& Bruce Heavin


Jody & Tom Darden

Shannon O’Leary Joy

Gerry Ohrstrom

Zoë Luhtala & Robert Cohn

Robert Pasin

The Fellows program is extremely grateful for the visionary support of the Bezos Family and the Dhanam Foundation. We would also like to thank Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, Gerry Ohrstrom 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.


About the SupporTED program

The SupporTED program provides professional coaching and mentoring services to TED Fellows, helping Fellows clarify and execute their professional and personal missions. TED Fellows enjoy 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.

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.