Glaser Progress Foundation Grant

Glaser Progress Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Glaser Progress Foundation 

The advent of the 21st Century creates a unique opportunity to rethink what Progress means and how it should be measured. When future generations look back on us, what gauges will they use to decide whether we made genuine Progress?

Based on the interests of its founder and managing board, the Foundation has chosen to create strategic initiatives in four program areas: how we measure progress; how we address the global HIV/AIDS pandemic; how we ensure diversity of voices in our media; and how we treat animals.

The Foundation was created, endowed and is led by Rob Glaser, Founder and Chairman of the Board of RealNetworks. Since its creation in 1993, the Glaser Progress Foundation has distributed over 34 million dollars for philanthropic purposes. The Foundation is located in Seattle. Our Executive Director is Martin Collier and Operations Manager is Melessa Rogers.

The Glaser Progress Foundation focuses on four program areas. The following two accept Unsolicited Application Letters.

Program Area: Measuring Progress


Build a better future by improving our understanding and measurement of human progress.


How we measure progress reveals our values and shapes our future. So what does America's portrait of progress tell us about our collective values and goals? The traditional portrait presented by most of our media and political leaders includes the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and stock market. But do such measures really reflect our most cherished values and aspirations? In his first major campaign speech on March 18, 1968, Robert Kennedy warned against measuring ourselves by wealth alone:

"Too much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community value in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over eight hundred billion dollars a year, but that GNP — if we judge the United States of America by that — that GNP counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and it counts nuclear warheads, and armored cars for the police to fight riots in our cities. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

Yet the Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans."

As we enter the 21st century, it is time to begin measuring what we value rather than valuing what we measure.

Program Area: Independent Media 


Strengthen democracy by making independent voices heard.


In his book The Media Monopoly Ben Bagdikian writes, "The object of reform is not to silence voices but to multiply them, not to foreclose ideas but to awaken them." Without a strong and diverse community of independent voices, we cannot build a global democracy much less protect our own. The goal of independent media is not to comfort or sell but to inspire and mobilize. It currently serves what Howard Zinn calls the "unreported resistance," the "permanent adversarial culture" - but its real ambition is to give voice to the world's silent majority.

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  • The Foundation awards grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations certified under Section 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service.
  •  As a general rule, the Foundation awards grants to established organizations with a national focus, strong history of success and recognized leadership within its field.


  • It does not make grants to influence legislation or support candidates for political office.