The Foundation supports organizations whose work is rooted in interconnectedness, empathy, stewardship, service, and reverence for nature. Specific focus areas are detailed below.
Spiritual ecology: Support is directed towards organizations whose work supports a way of life that is in harmony with the earth as a living whole. It values projects that are joining ecological renewal with the awareness of the sacred within creation, and offer practical solutions in response to the current environmental crisis. Spiritual ecology calls for responses to environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and/or practice. Spiritual ecology is rooted in the understanding that resolving such complex issues as depletion of species, climate change, and over-consumption, requires examining and reassessing the underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, and peoples’ spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet. The Foundation is interested in projects from a wide range of fields and focus areas, including but not limited to: agriculture, ecology, law, and medicine.
Indigenous cultures: Support is directed toward organizations led from within Native American communities that protect and strengthen their lifeways and worldviews. The Foundation values projects that are safeguarding traditional knowledge, cultivating culturally-grounded leadership, and revitalizing and preserving Indigenous languages. Most grants support several Native-led nonprofit organizations that distribute funds to a broad range of mostly grassroots projects throughout the U.S. By Native-led, the Foundation means that it is focused on supporting projects whose leadership and governance are primarily Indigenous. Grants are not made directly to federally recognized tribes or IRS section 7871 tribal organizations.
Soul in Society: Support is directed toward organizations across all aspects of society that are restoring respect for human dignity within systems and institutions. The Foundation values projects that offer practical tools for social and personal transformation, especially for underserved communities. It tends to focus on segments of society that have been marginalized or underserved, and has supported work with prison rehabilitation, veterans, education, at-risk youth, medicine, leadership, and rites-of-passage.
Media: Storytelling has the power to connect universal values and stories are an integral component of how people respond to critical issues. The Foundation is interested in both traditional and emerging media projects that can be used as tools that inspire and effect change. Support is provided for media projects that tell stories in support of the Foundation’s mission and grantmaking program areas. It is interested in supporting many types of media, including but not limited to: feature documentary films, short documentary films, television, radio, podcasts, print (primarily digital), photography, and multimedia projects. The Foundation funds film projects already in production that have reached the stage where selected scenes, trailers, teasers, etc., can be reviewed. Media projects must also align with another focus area.
Amount: Annual giving is $7,436,228 with grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 and averaging $5,000-$35,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are working domestically. Organizations with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor are also eligible to apply.
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