Grantmaking Areas

We support projects in the following grantmaking areas whose work is rooted in interconnectedness, empathy, stewardship, service, and reverence for nature.

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Spiritual Ecology

We fund organizations whose work supports a way of life that is in harmony with the earth as a living whole. We value 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 is an emerging field that 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 our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, and our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet. We are interested in projects from a wide range of fields and focus areas, including but not limited to: agriculture, ecology, law, and medicine.

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Indigenous Cultures

We fund organizations led from within Native American communities that protect and strengthen their lifeways and worldviews. We value projects that are safeguarding traditional knowledge, cultivating culturally-grounded leadership, and revitalizing and preserving Indigenous languages.

The majority of our grant support goes to several Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who distribute funds to a broad range of mostly grassroots projects throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. By Native-led, we mean that we focus on supporting projects whose leadership and governance are primarily Indigenous. We don’t make grants directly to federally recognized tribes or IRS section 7871 tribal organizations.

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Soul in Society

We support organizations across all aspects of society that are restoring respect for human dignity within our systems and institutions. We value projects that offer practical tools for social and personal transformation, especially for underserved communities.

We tend to focus on segments of society that have been marginalized or underserved, and have supported work with prison rehabilitation, veterans, education, at-risk youth, medicine, leadership, and rites-of-passage. Please see our list of recent grants for examples.

 

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We fund media projects that tell stories in support of our mission and grantmaking program areas.  We believe good storytelling has the power to connect us to universal values and that stories are an integral component of how we respond to the critical issues of our time.  We are interested in both traditional and emerging media projects that can be used as tools to inspire and effect change.

We make project support grants for media projects that have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $75,000, depending on the size and reach of the project. We are 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. We fund film projects already in production that have reached the stage where selected scenes, trailers, teasers, etc., can be reviewed.


Please see Grantmaking FAQ or How to Apply for a Grant for more information.


Photo Credits: Diane Barker (Spiritual Ecology), Carlos Chavarría (Soul in Society), Still from The Fire and the Bird’s Nest (Media)