The Foundation to Decrease World Suck (FTDWS) engages tens of thousands of the online video viewers and creators to generate awareness of hundreds of charities and to raise funds for charities. Since 2012 FTDWS had made more than $10million in grants.

After modest administrative expenses half the funds donated to FTDWS go equally to Partners in Health and Save the Children.  The other half go to 30+ charities recommended by the participants of the 48 hour telethon-style fundraiser known as the  Project for Awesome.

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The Foundation to Decrease World Suck, Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and was designated a 501(c)3 charitable organization by the IRS on January 23, 2013. The IRS designation letter is available upon request.

Directors of the Foundation:

John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down, The Fault in Our Stars, and Looking for Alaska. He is one half of the vlogbrothers on YouTube and co-creator of educational series Crash Course.

Hank Green is the other half of the Vlogbrothers and is a serial content creator with online educational channels including Crash Course and SciShow. He podcasts with his brother on Dear Hank & John and with his wife on Delete This. Along with John he is the co-creator of the Project for Awesome and VidCon.

Benny Fine was the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of React Media previously known as Fine Brothers Entertainment, producing hit unscripted and scripted series across the web, television and feature films.

Valerie Barr, Nerdfighter since 2008, previously worked as Nerdfighteria’s Community Manager and Content Coordinator for VidCon. They now work in Customer Care at

Mike Green coordinated legal and financial activities for Complexly, VidCon and DFTBA Records for seven years. He continues to provide strategic support for media creators including the Vlogbrothers, Complexly and DFTBA Records.

Rosianna Halse Rojas is a writer and producer. YouTube named her as a Creators for Change fellow in 2017 for her work driving social change through online video. Rosianna works with John Green as his producing partner on feature film and online projects.

Marie Ann Fernandez-Silva is a freelance Project Manager and Creator Consultant. She produced Project for Awesome for 7 years. She’s previously worked for Complexly, Sony Music, and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in varying capacities.

Taylor Behnke is a writer, video maker, and digital organizer. She was named a YouTube Creators for Change fellow in 2017 for her channel It’s Radish Time. She also works as a digital strategist for nonprofits and political campaigns.

Angela Lin worked on all things Learning at YouTube for over 12 years. She’s been a huge advocate for YouTube’s educational creator community and helped launch Crash Course and SciShow on the platform.

Previous Grants

$684,967.38 going to each of the following organizations:
Save the Children
Partners in Health

$37,297.09 going to each of the following community-voted organizations:
Against Malaria Foundation
Animal Wonders
The Audre Lorde Project
The Bail Project
California Native Garden Foundation
Camp Lilac
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Carabiner Collections
A Cat’s Life Rescue
Children’s Future International
Drag Story Hour
Ecology Project International
Fandom Forward
Hear Your Song
Instrument Shop
It Gets Better
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
Mermaids UK
Palestinian American Community Center
Prison Book Program
ProVeg International
She’s the First
Sustainability Matters
Thirst Project
This Star Won’t Go Out
Thrive Youth Center

$37,758.47 going to the following organization:
Not Forgotten
Given the extra effort Destin puts into his segment on the P4A livestream, the Board agreed to give 50% of funds from his perks to Not Forgotten, the charity he has promoted for many years of the P4A. The Board recognizes that we did not do enough to communicate this change to the community. We’ve heard from some folks that this felt odd and was surprising, and we have decided (along with Destin) to go back to the previous way of doing things next year.


  • Foundation to Decrease World Suck
    PO Box 8147
    Missoula, MT 59807