Leveraging Philanthropy and Collaboration

The Lodestar Foundation seeks to expand the overall capacity of the social sector by promoting philanthropy, volunteering, public service, nonprofit collaboration and other business practices.

Our Grants

Our Grant Philosophy

The Lodestar Foundation is very focused in its grantmaking and will consider funding only organizations, projects and programs that further our mission.  Moreover, our grants are designed to leverage the Lodestar Foundation’s assets to the fullest extent possible. Not only do we try to maximize strategic impact by focusing on projects that support systemic changes in the way nonprofits conduct business, we often leverage our funds by establishing challenge and matching grant requirements which may be applicable to our grantees and their boards as well as third parties. We generally require our grantees to report to us periodically for at least two years after funding to let us know how the grant has impacted their work.

In addition to making direct grants, the Lodestar Foundation also engages in field-building activities to build knowledge and to educate others in the areas of encouraging philanthropy and fostering collaboration.

Strategic Funding Areas

ENCOURAGING PHILANTHROPY: To implement our strategy of encouraging philanthropy, the Lodestar Foundation focuses on strengthening organizations that primarily exist to encourage philanthropy, volunteerism or public service in the community. We support donor networks as well as nonprofits that have as a primary mission the desire to (a) grow philanthropy, (b) promote and train volunteers, or (c) support, encourage or train citizen engagement in public-service activities.

SUPPORTING COLLABORATION: The Lodestar Foundation supports those nonprofits that have made the joint decision to explore and/or implement permanent relationships. We support long-term collaborations in all forms, ranging from joint programming to administrative consolidations (sharing office space and/or services) to mergers and acquisitions to associations and confederations. We also initiate and support efforts to build resources and knowledge about collaboration as a strategic capacity-building tool for nonprofits.


For ease of access, we have divided our grants into the categories listed below. We encourage you to review descriptions of The Lodestar Foundation grants by clicking on the links below.

Special Projects
General Grants
  • Our general grants are included in the comprehensive list of our grantees.  Please click the link below to view them.

To see the full extent of Lodestar grantmaking, explore a comprehensive list of our grantees.