Hidden Leaf provides grants to expand inner awareness within social change organizations in order to enhance the effectiveness of the progressive movement. More specifically, Hidden Leaf offers grants to:
- Progressive social change organizations that use awareness practices to enhance their work;
- Leadership development and training organizations that help progressive non-profits integrate awareness practices into their work; and
- Field-building organizations that develop and deepen transformative social change work through research, convenings, funding, and developing new models.
Our grantmaking is founded on the belief that if deep personal and collective awareness is integrated into progressive social change organizations, then the leadership and effectiveness of these organizations will be greatly advanced, which will lead to a more just, ecologically healthy, and compassionate society. Click here to view our full Theory of Change and Logic Model
If we attempt to act and to do things for others and for the world without deepening our own self-understanding, our own freedom, integrity and capacity to love, we will not have anything to give to others. We will communicate nothing but the contagion of our own obsessions, our aggressiveness, our ego-centered ambitions.
— Thomas Merton
The following core beliefs guide our grantmaking:
- Individual awakening is integral to social transformation.
- Social change organizations are a potent leverage point for transforming society.
- All of the major challenges of our times are interconnected – and so are the solutions.
- We need a new worldview in order to promote a life-affirming society.
- Fear is a major obstacle – compassion, love, and hope are its antidotes.
We believe that social transformation is strongest when:
- Values and actions are aligned.
- Clarity of purpose and concrete vision guide our actions.
- Deep intuition is accessible and trusted.
- Relationships are transparent and mutually enhancing.
- Diversity and differences are honored.
- Excellence in performance is encouraged.
- Love and compassion are the core from which all actions emanate.