Kalliopeia Foundation is responding to a need—a global challenge—to take spiritual as well as physical responsibility for our common home. Our programs and those we support engage with contemporary issues at their root, with the understanding that ecological, cultural, and spiritual renewal are interdependent.
We envision a future rooted in fundamental values, such as compassion, respect, dignity, reverence for nature, and care for each other and the Earth. Our work strives to embody the following core principles:
- Life Is Sacred: Honoring all life as sacred; expressing reverence for one another, the Earth, and life as a whole.
- Interconnectedness: Approaching ecology, culture, and spirituality as inextricably interdependent.
- Innovation: Generating creative ideas and outcomes through simple, meaningful engagement with others and the Earth.
- Service: Embracing an ethic of care—the essential and natural aspiration to respond to needs beyond our own.
In 1997, Barbara Sargent founded Kalliopeia as an independent private foundation to help support people and organizations who are working to bring spiritual values into institutions and systems of everyday life and work. The name “Kalliopeia” means beautiful voice and refers to the first of the nine Greek muses. She is associated with heroic poetry, justice, and transforming lower qualities into higher.
Kalliopeia’s impact over the past two decades:
- Provided $85 million in grant support toward innovative programs that bring spiritual values to bear on personal and cultural transformation, including 25 percent of grant dollars to Native-led cultural and language revitalization projects.
- Developed educational curriculum used by thousands of schools nationwide and globally, and produced award-winning documentary films through Global Oneness Project.
- Supported two cohorts of young leaders through our Spiritual Ecology Fellowship.
- Launched Emergence Magazine, a free, online magazine with an annual printed addition featuring stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality.
The Foundation’s assets are thoughtfully invested in alignment with our mission and values. We have invested over 95 percent of the Foundation’s portfolio using a social and environmental lens, while taking a financially sound approach. We invest in companies, organizations, and funds that are committed to environmental stewardship, community resilience, economic development, equal opportunity, equity, and diversity. Within our portfolio we have targeted 30 percent of investable funds to support relationships with highly mission-aligned organizations, including loans at the community level.