Vision:

Youth from under-resourced communities have opportunities to realize their full potential and to positively impact their families, communities and society.

Strategies: 

  • Fund programs that develop life skills and well-being, with priority given toward programs that enhance self-esteem and resilience and toward programs that teach mindfulness and conflict resolution.
    • Mindfulness is a positive lens but should not be required.
  • Fund programs that provide continuity, with repeated and consistent support for youth over an extended timeframe.
  • Pursue multiple paths toward addressing the varied needs of under-resourced youth.

Types of organizations we fund:

  • Working in Minnesota, Dallas, Northern San Francisco Bay Area / Marin County, or Vail Valley
  • Focus on youth from under-resourced families and communities, ages 8-21
  • Promote life skills and personal development, particularly by increasing self-esteem and resilience, enhancing leadership skills, and teaching mindfulness and conflict resolution
  • Work with youth over a longer time frame (years vs. days or weeks)
  • Preference for programs that
    • work with youth from all socio-economic backgrounds to encourage diverse interactions
    • work intensively with girls and young women
Learn more about our current grantees.



To be considered for a Youth Development grant, you must follow our Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process