We are interested in fostering catalytic, entrepreneurial programs, which offer viable solutions to difficult systemic problems. We seek high-quality, direct-service programs that advance our philanthropic goals.

We enjoy collaboration with our grantees and seek to work with them in supportive, collegial relationships. We recognize the importance of collaborating with other foundations to build joint, diverse programs and to leverage our funding with that of other foundations, corporations and governmental bodies.

We make both project and general support grants. We do not generally fund individuals, capital campaigns or building construction, or projects that are internationally based or focused.

We are committed:

  • to respect those seeking grant monies by demonstrating promptness, courtesy, responsiveness and objectivity in assessing how their grant requests meet our philanthropic goals.
  • to communicate honestly and directly with those seeking support.
  • to demonstrate both accountability to and support for our grantees after a grant is made.

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Fostering sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.