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New Visions Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

New Visions Foundation

485 E. Half Day Rd., Ste. 350

Buffalo Grove, IL United States 60089-8806

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $3,704,486

Total giving: $649,650






Established in 1999 in IL

Purpose and Activities

The primary mission of the foundation is to catalyze and support diverse efforts. It seeks to help visionary organizations promote wider recognition and acceptance of cultural alternatives that address the challenges of our time, and to establish working models of engaged, effective action. It recognizes that this task requires outreach to the public as well as efforts to inform and inspire those already involved in cultural change. Major program areas are economic reform, education, peace, and sustainability.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Food Systems

The foundation seeks to address the inequitable treatment of farm workers, pricing for farmers, and business practices in the wider mega-agro business by focusing on better ways of cultivating healthier and more sustainably-minded approaches to feeding communities. It supports organizations that promote sustainable, local agriculture; support sustainable farmers; justice for agricultural workers; and build food system coalitions.

Giving Voice to Marginalized Communities

The foundation is committed to a society in which all perspectives and experiences are included and respected, especially those that have been historically or systemically underrepresented. It supports organizations that support grassroots efforts in our focus areas; promote diversity within movements; nurture young leaders; and build coalitions.

Holistic Education

The foundation promotes transformational, holistic, democratic approaches in education at all levels. Its main focus is on initiatives outside conventional school systems, those unfettered by the regime of standardization, although efforts to transform public education will be considered. It supports organizations that promote ideas and practices; establish and support alternatives; and build movement for policy shifts.

New Economy/Sustainability/Resilience Movement

The foundation believes in a social ideal of the common good and equitable distribution of resources and opportunities. It wants to promote local, small scale enterprise to build the resiliency of communities through new economic systems and sustainable economic practices. It supports organizations that implement local projects; provide resources and information; promote and legitimize ideas; mobilize consumers, investors and voters; and train and encourage young leaders.

Promoting an Ecological Worldview

The foundation supports the cultivation of a more respectful, even reverential, attitude toward the planet's life-sustaining processes and its diversity of living beings. It supports organizations that conduct research and advocacy; and address issues with an ecological perspective.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human rights
  • International peace and security
  • Social enterprise
  • Spirituality
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $3,704,486 (market value)

Gifts received: $941,326

Expenditures: $722,162

Total giving: $649,650

Qualifying distributions: $718,157