Vision, Mission + Values

Our Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles


We acknowledge the inherent brilliance of community and work to ensure that ours is one in which all people can participate, grow, and thrive.


We collaborate and connect resources with people and movements that advance, advocate for, and accelerate us toward a more just and liberated community.

Our grantmaking focus to increase access to quality, public education and cultivate communities that create conditions for children birth through young adult to thrive through:

  • Quality learning experiences.
  • Multi-generational support, advocacy, and engagement.
  • Removal of barriers and systemic impediments.
  • Arts and culture opportunities that enhance young people’s learning, engagement, and sense of belonging.

Guiding Principles

  • People
    We believe our humanity, face and liberation are interconnected. We know that talent lives in community and that solutions are often among the people more impacted by unjust systems.
  • Partnership
    We build authentic partnerships while addressing power dynamics through deep listening, co-creation, and mutual accountability to advance positive change.
  • Diversity + Inclusion
    We believe that organizations operate best when there is clear representation at all levels from communities within which they work, and when diverse voices are sought, heard, elevated, and honored.
  • Integrity
    We honor our word and treat all people with respect, dignity, and fairness.
  • Humility
    We invest and partner with gratitude and appreciation and seek to lift up and center community brilliance.
  • Innovation
    We encourage risk-taking, courageous leadership, actions rooted in the indigenous wisdom of the community, and new approaches to achieve long-term impact and systemic change.
  • Learning
    The issues we face are complex and intersectional. Adaptive learning, continuous improvement, and mutual accountability helps move us toward meaningful results.

young people working in group