The Foundation to Decrease World Suck (FTDWS) engages the online video community of viewers and creators to generate awareness of hundreds of charities and to donate to the Foundation.

The FTDWS has made millions of dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve the poor and people in need, educate the underprivileged and provide health services to those in need.

The Foundation raises money throughout the year, but primarily during a 48 hour telethon-style fundraiser known as the  Project for Awesome.


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 the Chief of Staff for Complexly, which produces SciShow, Crash Course, and more. Prior to Complexly, she’s worked for 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


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