Giving from The Bay & Paul Foundations stems from a desire to support a social movement that supports a just and ecologically sound society. Or, as the foundation puts it: “Our vision is of vibrant communities whose skillful collaborations assure just and ecologically robust outcomes for present and future generations.”
While education is a stated focus area of that vision, it is focused on the preK-12 set. The Bay & Paul Foundations look to colleges differently: not as institutions in need of service, but rather the institutions that can provide it. This includes a college's potential to create and serve an education program (a focus area called PreK-12 Transformative Learning Practices) but also the foundation's emphases on the environment (Research & Intitiatives for Ecosystem Integrity), and Arts & Culture (two different focus areas: Arts & Humanities Education and Educational Applications of Cultural Collections).
There's a lot to unpack there, but it all boils down to the potential of college campuses to create, house, and drive programming that creates a social movement. As the foundation says, its mission is “to foster and accelerate initiatives that prepare agents of change working to strengthen our social compact and develop authentic solutions to the challenges of this pivotal century.”
Other key words reinforcing this foundation’s view of its granting as social movement are found in its values statement: Courage, patience, humility, listening, understanding, collaboration, opportunities.
Recent colleges to receive grants from The Bay & Paul Foundations include:
- $64,531 to Antioch University New England (Keene, NH)
- $35,000 to Martin University (Indianapolis, IN)
- $5,000 to Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY)
- $3,500 to Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS)
- $2,500 to Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
- $1,000 to Queensborough Community College (Bayside, NY).
The Bay & Paul Foundations do not stipulate any geographic limitations for most of its giving areas, but the New York City area and Vermont definitely receive special attention. That said, the foundation has an open, online LOI process. Biannual deadlines vary; check the website for upcoming dates.