Beatrice R. and Joseph A. Coleman Foundation Grant

Beatrice R. and Joseph A. Coleman Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $17,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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When our small family foundation first started making grants to non-profits, we focused primarily on social justice and human rights. Like most everyone, we care about people and want everyone to have the opportunity to live a fulfilling life. But as we became more and more alarmed at what’s happening to our planet, we became deeply concerned at the indifference we saw from political leaders and people just trying to live their lives. As Elie Wiesel has said, “The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.”

It’s easy to forget, and hard to admit to ourselves, that without the environment, without a livable earth, there can be no social justice. Saving the land, oceans and air is fundamental to protecting people, animals and plants. You cannot separate them.

Climate change is the biggest peril facing humankind. Disastrous storms, drought, unprecedented forest fires—everything stems from global climate change. We can’t protect life if we don’t save the climate.

When the astronauts looked at the Earth from space, they saw how small and fragile it is. Now is the time to take action. We need to do so in our local communities, and we need to support people all over the world to take action in theirs. We need to stand up for our beautiful, vulnerable planet.


All people working together to protect our earth, one another, and thus ourselves.


  • To help the earth survive and thrive, and ensure that its inhabitants are treated humanely and fairly;
  • To fund and help design programs that promote the health and well-being of the earth through mindful stewardship, and programs that promote the right of all people to liberty, freedom from want, and the pursuit of happiness.


The Coleman Foundation will fund programs of the highest quality and integrity, and is willing to work with start-up programs that we have reason believe will grow and make significant contributions to the vision of the foundation. The Foundation does not wish to fund programs that can easily find other sources of funds, and will look favorably upon programs whose primary commitment is to issues rather than institutions.

In August, 2011, the Board determined that to the extent possible its dollars should be spent funding grassroots programs that address what we believe to be the most urgent issue of our time, global climate change. We have seen how much good can be done with small targeted grassroots grants. This is consistent with the foundation's move over the past period of time towards more grassroots funding. Most of the growth in environmental funding has been in the bigger groups, and smaller NGOs have shown a decline in funding. There are also significant regional disparities that the foundation is helping to address as best it can.

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  • The Foundation will look favorably upon programs whose primary commitment is to issues rather than institutions. 


  • The Foundation does not wish to fund programs that can easily find other sources of funds.