The Fledgling Fund was founded in 2005 by former Harvard professor Dianna Barrett. Since its inception, the Fledgling Fund has given $14 million to over 400 different projects. The goal of the organization is to promote left-wing advocacy filmmaking. The organization has supported film projects promoting environmentalism and anti-agriculture conspiracies, supporting left-wing conceptions of gender politics, advocating for illegal immigrants, and defending other left-wing agenda items.
One of the most prominent films that the Fledgling Fund backed is the controversial Josh Fox film Gasland. The film purports show how the practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction is unsafe.
The anti-agriculture propaganda films Seed: The Untold Story and GMO OMG received a Fledgling Fund grant. Seed: The Untold Story criticizes agricultural business and their development of genetically modified crops declaring them dangerous, contrary to the conclusions of scientific authorities. GMO OMG by Jeremy Seifert similarly claims that genetically modified crops can be harmful and tries shed light on how many foods produced from these crops are in modern food. A writer at Scientific American called the film “intellectually lazy and, at times, emotionally manipulative” and suggested that it “detracts from the public understanding of GMOs [genetically modified organisms].”
The Fledgling Fund supported the production of Real Boy, the story of Bennett (formerly Rachel) Wallace, a transgender person undergoing gender reassignment. The film was supported by the Fledgling Fund and takes place during Rachel’s transition from a girl to a boy. The film won numerous LGBT-focused film awards.
The Fledgling Fund supports another project that tries to redefine gender: Youth and Gender Media Project. The project attempts to change “the binary (male/female) concept of gender.” One film backed by the project is I’m Just Anneke which “tells the story of a gender-fluid twelve-year-old girl who’s taking hormone blockers to delay puberty while she decides if she wants to be male, female, or somewhere in-between when she grows up.”
Don’t Tell Anyone is a film about the life of illegal immigrants in the United States supported by the Fledgling Fund. The film tells the story of Angy Rivera, an illegal immigrant. The film advocates for legal status for illegal immigrants and works with the left-of-center United We Dream’s #HereToStay Network that fights deportation. Don’t Tell Anybody and her project “Ask Angy” gained Rivera an interview with left-wing MSNBC because of her support for illegal immigrants.
The Fledgling Fund gave a grant to Enemy Alien a film comparing the situation of Muslim Americans after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to Japanese interment during World War II.  The film focuses on Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-rights leader who was arrested due to an active deportation order in 2002. While some, including the film, called Abdel-Muhti’s arrest politically motivated, the government countered that claim by pointing out that Abdel-Muhti was ”a convicted criminal several times over, he has twice unlawfully re-entered the United States after being deported, failed to surrender for his deportation or to appear at deportation proceedings, and again and again misrepresented under oath and in official documents his true identity and nationality.”
The Fledging Fund supported the film Inequality for All which boasts a left-of-center economic agenda. The film focuses on increasing income inequality in the United States. In the film, left-wing activists, most prominently Clinton administration Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, proposes a number of anti-business proposals including increasing the minimum wage, public policy to promote labor unions, increased regulations, and increasing taxes.
The Reel Economy residency was created and supported by the Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and Working Films. Left-wing groups at Reel Economy included Green For All, Jobs With Justice, and MomsRising. One of the instructors for the residency was Steve Schnapp of the left-of-center United for a Fair Economy. The purpose of Reel Economy was to teach left-wing filmmakers how increase the impact of their film and strengthen partnerships with other organizations.
The Fledgling Fund gave money to the film Trapped which advocates for increased access to abortion. The film focuses on abortion providers and the lawyers that fight to allow more abortions in the United States. The film is critical of pro-life laws and states that abortion providers should have no more oversight than other doctors.
Do Not Resist claims to uncover how police departments have become more militarized in a Post 9-11 world. The film talks about the increased use of SWAT teams over the decade following 9/11. Do Not Resist is critical of the federal government’s policy of giving equipment to local law enforcement. The film received praise from left-of-center publications Mother Jones and The Guardian. 
Fledgling Fund is organized as a private foundation; it reported approximately $14.3 million in assets and $1.1 million in grants paid in its 2015 tax year. Funders of Fledgling Fund include the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.