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About RSF’s Fiscally Sponsored Projects
Aramitan Fund (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
Aramitan’s goal is to help children and young people in high-risk situations in and around Sao Paulo, Brazil. Aramitan will not only provide a place where children and young people can live, but also make available for the wider community a biodynamic farm, health center, and socio-cultural center where professional, artistic, and craft workshops will be offered.
Aspen Grove (Corona del Mar, California)
The Aspen Grove Project will connect the many independent peace initiatives in this country and around the world that are based in spiritual processes and values. The Aspen Grove Project will bring active peaceworkers together in community with group meditation and dialogue; will create and maintain a shared, online database and calendar; will provide training and mentoring for people who wish to become peaceworkers “from within;” and will support specific initiatives that are based in this model.
CANICA (Oaxaca, Mexico)
CANICA (Centro de Apoyo al Niño de la Calle de Oaxaca, A.C.) is a non-profit organization that has been working for eleven years to support youth and families that work and/or live in the streets of the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. CANICA de Oaxaca works to promote the integral development of Oaxaca ’s street children and its victims of domestic violence through a professional program of educational and social services that help them and their families actively and positively transform their personal, living and social conditions.
Children of Nepal (Kathmandu, Nepal)
The Children of Nepal is an independent Waldorf initiative in Kathmandu, Nepal. This initiative has developed into the Tashi Waldorf School. The Tashi Waldorf School was established and run by Meyrav Mor to serve orphaned children in Nepal and has also added grades and a teacher training component.
Demeter Biodynamic Education Initiative
Demeter USA, a non-profit that certifies Biodynamic farms and products, has the education of farmers as its mission. Biodynamic agriculture is not just the pinnacle of sustainable farming, it is a path that can mitigate agriculture’s contribution to climate change. Biodynamic farming results in food that is healthy and delicious. Its practice is good for the farm, for the farmer, for our communities, and for our precious planet. The Biodynamic Education Initiative will support the education of farmers and others to expand the practice of Biodynamic agriculture, and the production of Biodynamic food across the country.
Fielding Project for Sustainable Well-Being
Project for Sustainable Well-Being seeks to research measurements for psychological well-being, financial literacy, economic indexing, and planetary health from a person-centered, intersubjective perspective. The outcome will be a multidisciplinary, evidence-based metric to be used between researchers, practitioners, and clients as they design living personal economies that can inform research and policy for years to come.
Freunde der Erziehungskunst (Berlin, Germany)
The Freunde der Erziehungskunst (Friends of the Art of Rudolf Steiner [Waldorf] Education) is an international organization that supports and nurtures the development of Waldorf education world-wide with human and financial resources. This fund enables the Freunde to raise funds in the United States for its projects worldwide.
International Youth Initiative Program (Stockholm, Sweden)
The International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) is a holistic educational program that strengthens young people’s capacity to take initiative in the face of current global challenges. With YIP, 20 to 40 participants, ages 18 to 28, travel from all over the world to Järna, Sweden, to live and learn together for ten months. The purpose of YIP is to foster in young people a holistic understanding of the current challenges facing humanity, and to empower them to use entrepreneurial principles and skills to create new projects that address them. Learn more at http://yip.se/.
Living Universe Project (San Rafael, California)
The objective of the Living Universe Project is to research, write, and publish works on the topic of Living in a Living Universe. Support is sought for eight months of research, writing, and publication in a variety of media that explores two fundamental questions found at the frontiers of science and spirituality: (1) do we live in a living universe? and (2) what does this mean for our everyday lives? Results from this inquiry will be appear in articles, a draft book, workshops, keynote talks, website publishing, telecourses, professional conferences, and more. The “living universe project” builds on more than thirty years of research and writing by Duane Elgin, and internationally recognized author and speaker.
Monte Azul (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
Monte Azul Community Association is an organization working in Brazil to provide community services to disadvantaged populations there. The association offers a medical clinic, dental clinic, occupational workshop, bakery, computer lab, nursery, youth center, therapeutic center for the disabled, and other services that help build community, culture and opportunities for the community. Their mission is to promote love for the human being independent of nationality, race, political belief, or any form of diversity.
Proxy Democracy (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
ProxyDemocracy.org is a non-partisan, non-profit website that 1) helps investors vote their proxies by showing them how ten leading institutional investors are gong to vote at upcoming meetings, and 2) shows investors how their mutual funds vote on their behalf. U.S. mutual and index funds control about $13 trillion, which amounts to about one-quarter of U.S. equity and household assets. The database of proxy votes shines a light on how these institutions are using this power to steer industry.
Roshni Association (Lahore, Pakistan)
The Roshni Association provides medical, residential and educational facilities to disabled and mentally retarded persons in Lahore, Pakistan. It is a tax-exempt foreign equivalent organization. The Association provides workshops in organic bakery, textile and wood, and gardening. The fund also supports residential care, and building bridges between western and Islamic countries.
A donation to RSF Operations will help support the day-to-day operations of RSF Social Finance.
RSF Seed Fund
The RSF Seed Fund is a small grant making program that provides seed grants to innovative new initiatives that fall within RSF’s Focus Areas. To learn more and to see a list of previous grantees of this fund, please visit: http://rsfsocialfinance.org/services/giving/seedfund/.
RSF Shared Gifting Fund
The Shared Gifting Fund supports our work to convene Shared Gifting circles. Shared Gifting is a collaborative granting model that gives ownership, distribution, and allocation authority for grants to the participants of a circle. Gifts to this fund made possible the recent Shared Gifting circle in LA. To learn more visit our Shared Gifting webpage: http://rsfsocialfinance.org/shared-gifting/.
Small Planet Fund (Oakland, California)
The Small Planet Fund supports movements in the US and around the world proving it’s possible to re-embed economic life in community, ensure that we all eat healthfully, heal our relationship to the earth, and build democracy as a culture of engagement. Specifically, the Small Planet Fund assists grassroots non-governmental organizations that focus on food sovereignty, environmental conservation, community development, and capacity building; social movements that secure land for migrant workers; research and education foundations that conserve biodiversity and promote organic farming; non-profit organizations that promote hands-on learning, school gardens, and environmental education; and other organizations working at the intersections of social justice and sustainability.
Young Women Social Entrepreneurs
Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (YWSE) is an international values-based learning community that supports the next generation of women change-makers. YWSE provides an environment in which young women social entrepreneurs’ visions and goals are affirmed, supported, promoted, and propelled by providing training and development, access to resources, and networking opportunities for its members. Thousands of women are currently participating in the network through chapters in six US cities (New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland) and internationally in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, and Tajikistan.