Thomas Jefferson observed that "the ground of liberty is won by inches." The Norman Foundation seeks to help win some of those precious inches. We support efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. These efforts may:
We will consider the following in evaluating grant proposals:
In pursuing systemic change, we would hope that:
The Foundation provides grants for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. We also welcome innovative proposals designed to build the capacity of social change organizations working in our areas of interest. Priority is given to organizations with annual budgets of under $1 million.
The Norman Foundation is a family foundation and decisions are made by the foundation's members. In addition to our general grants program, the foundation makes a few grants from affiliated, smaller family funds as well as a number of donor-advised grants each year, which reflect the individual interests of family members.