The Spinoza Foundation works alongside several institutions including universities and specific research centres whose work helps to influence public policy debate on a range of socio-economic issues.

Columbia College

The Spinoza Foundation’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the challenges which our global society faces, to enable meaningful and practical solutions to be discovered. This fits in extremely well with the ethos at Columbia College where its mission is to promote and foster a College community that understands, respects, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Spinoza Foundation is proud to support Columbia College with funding for their students through scholarships or admissions travel aid, ensuring that their education is accessible for all.
Columbia College has a diverse and intelligent gathering of students and participates in a daily democratic experiment – to listen and converse, to challenge and be challenged, to strive for greater knowledge and to succeed in a collective enterprise of learning. The success of this endeavour is tied to Columbia College’s unique ability to mirror the world, both by virtue of its location in New York City and by the calibre and range of perspectives assembled on its campus. Columbia College is committed to creating and supporting a community which is richly diverse.

I Am You

Currently there are over 65 million people who are living as refugees or as displaced persons inside their own countries, half of these people are under the age of 18 with many children refugees fleeing alone or separate to their parents. The crisis continues to be highly critical and the Spinoza Foundation wanted to raise awareness of the world’s refugee crisis. We chose to support Sonia Nassery Cole’s film I Am You to highlight the issues facing refugee’s and to give an insight into the difficulties that they face.
I Am You is an independent film based on the true story of Afghan refugees and their will to survive. It is inspired by the story of a refugee, the horrendous conditions before his heroic journey, the heart-breaking indifference confronting him along the way, and the uplifting power and humanity found in hope, truth and justice. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2019.

I Am You was directed by Sonia Nassery Cole, a philanthropist who stands for women’s rights and fights for humanitarian efforts providing food and education for her fellow Afghans as the founder and chairman of AWF. Cole is an author, humanitarian and activist who founded the Afghanistan World Foundation and is the recipient of a "Congressional Recognition" award on December 4, 2006, "Afghan American Sisterhood Award," and the "UN Women Together Award" on June 7, 2012. In 2013, she received the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center US