Angell Foundation honors the legacy of David and Lynn Angell, who believed that every person deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Through our grantmaking, we strive to emulate the compassion for others that David and Lynn demonstrated throughout their lives. We fund organizations that provide opportunities for individuals to access resources and skills that enhance their ability to lead fulfilling, productive lives, and to make positive contributions within their communities.
Angell Foundation funds transformative opportunities across three focus areas: Education As Opportunity, Food Equity, and Transformational Leadership. We invest in historically underserved populations and social sector leaders in the Southern California and New England regions.
Education As Opportunity
Funding educational pathways that lead to a promising career
In today’s world, postsecondary attainment is a key determinant of economic opportunity and social mobility. Unfortunately, robust career preparation programs and the opportunity to attain a degree remain out of reach for many young people and are available at a much lower rate for some communities and populations.
We fund organizations that support students from underserved communities in successfully completing post-secondary degrees or certificates that lead to meaningful careers. Our grantees are committed to removing the barriers that stand in the way of success for so many. They provide essential academic, social, and financial supports that keep students on the path to completion and open pathways to employment opportunities.
Our efforts focus on students ages 14-26 from populations that are traditionally underserved and experience the greatest disparity in postsecondary credential attainment beyond high school: students from low-income communities, foster youth, students of color, young men of color, and first-generation college students.
Funding systemic efforts that provide equitable access to quality food
Food, a basic necessity, has considerable implications for overall quality of life and well-being. Across the United States, millions of people are impacted by food insecurity and are unable to afford or access quality food in their neighborhoods. As a result, many people spend too much time having to grapple with how to meet their food and nutritional needs. Impoverished communities, seniors, foster youth, families with young children, and veterans are most likely to experience a lack of reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.
Tackling food insecurity and ensuring an equitable food system requires a comprehensive approach that is inclusive of multiple coordinated strategies. We fund a small cohort of hunger relief organizations that strive to meet the immediate food needs of underserved communities. Simultaneously, we offer grants to broader efforts that promote equitable, sustainable food systems and educate the public-at-large about the reality of communities struggling with food insecurity.
Supporting programs that inspire compassionate leaders to advance social change
Our world needs optimistic leaders who foster meaningful connections with others, have a sense of clarity about their purpose and values, and believe that they can effect positive change. We believe that leaders are at their best when they operate from a place of empathy and compassion and commit to cultivating practices that allow them to sustain their well-being and effectiveness during times of adversity.
We hope to encourage people to live out their personal and professional lives with integrity and a greater sense of purpose. We fund efforts that provide opportunities for people to engage in processes that transform the way they think, especially in how to use their skills, talents, and influence to make a positive impact within their communities and organizations. Additionally, we fund programs that encourage those in leadership positions to develop practices and habits that will enable them to sustain their effectiveness and resilience over time.
More specifically, our funding goes toward leadership trainings, skills-based workshops, and reflective retreats for individuals and organizations. These programs are designed to develop essential leadership skills and foster personal transformation. In practice, our grants aim to foster leaders who embody empathy, compassion, and mindfulness with the hope that they will be catalysts in creating a more equitable world.