Breaking down the barriers
that cause exclusion
from the benefits of the natural world and human society.
Beginning with the Foundation’s first grants in 1998, we have distributed over $5.5 million to more than 50 organizations working to protect the environment and to inspire respect for the natural world; to provide access and exposure to the arts; to improve educational opportunity; to promote the recovery of women and children suffering from domestic abuse and dysfunctional families; and to improve the lives of those struggling with the social costs of mental health and substance abuse issues.
Working with like-minded organizations towards "a resilient future for the whole community of life.”
-- quoted with permission of The Center for Humans and Nature (https://www.humansandnature.org)
INTERDEPENDENCE & ENGAGEMENT
We believe that community depends on the interdependence and engagement of diverse populations. Communities thrive when they embrace differences in socio-economic status, educational attainment, age, political opinion, gender identity, physical and developmental ability, racial and ethnic identity, and religious belief, among other qualities central to how we view ourselves.
Communities suffer to the extent that social connections break down, resulting in exclusion, isolation, misunderstanding, and animosity.
We believe that the fracturing of social connectivity often begins with the inability of the many to share in the environmental, social, and cultural benefits available to the few. Lack of access to basic needs and services imposes hardships that impede many from participating in and contributing to the broader experience of the community, to the detriment of all.
FOCUS ON REBUILDING
The Stone Foundation seeks to work with organizations that focus on rebuilding strength around a particular weakness in the fabric of the social ecosystem while striving to coordinate with others engaged in interrelated endeavors.