“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the
smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn
a life around.”
– Author Leo Buscaglia
The Lundy Foundation, a virtual operating foundation, has been turning lives around
with small acts of caring since 1991. From the beginning, we have
worked with communities across the globe to provide support, advice
and skill building as community members themselves have tackled
critical social issues.
Over the years, we have focused our work primarily
on supporting research and training aimed at improving community
infrastructures to respond to urgent social needs. These core values
are at the heart of our work:
- We guide
rather than dictate. We
don’t provide solutions; we help community members create
their own solutions.
- We leave
a tangible legacy. Each project fosters participants’
leadership skills so that communities are better-positioned for
the challenges ahead.
- We measure
what we do. Each project includes rigorous evaluation
so we know it has been effective, has used resources wisely and can be sustained as needed.
- We provide
the know-how for successful projects. As an operating
rather than a grant-making foundation, we partner with some of
the world’s most prestigious funders, including the Rockefeller
Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Western Union Foundation and Newmont Mining Corporation.
“You cannot do all the
good the world needs, but the world needs all the good you can do.