Our annual competitive grant cycle begins each fall with a Request for Proposal and culminates in grants being disbursed in late spring. Our grant program is made possible by donors in our group philanthropy. We fund programs in the Puget Sound region that are based in science and use a systems perspective to address connections between human systems and natural systems. In addition, we fund projects that bring together people or organizations with interests that align with Sustainable Path Foundation’s mission for focused open discussion or forums.
We are an engaged group philanthropy, which means that grant decisions are made by a group of donors who share a passion for our mission and bring a unique and rigorous scientific perspective into the grant-making process. Our relationship with grantees doesn’t end when a check is written. Rather, we build relationships over time with our grantees. We match our grantees with volunteer liaisons for the duration of their grant. We also bridge relationships by sharing our grantees’ successes, volunteer opportunities and events with our constituents.
Seattle Audubon was impressed with – and appreciative of – Sustainable Path’s level of engagement with the Puget Sound Seabird Survey, especially with the monthly surveys at Seward Park."
- Leah Lee, Seattle Audubon Society (2009)
"The exposure that Facing the Future receives because of our partnership with Sustainable Path Foundation is a tremendous additional benefit. The chance for Facing the Future's work to be introduced among the community leaders and members who make up the Sustainable Path's group philanthropy increases awareness of FTF and strengthens our connection to the community."
- Beth Hintz, Facing the Future (2009)