Our mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts.
"We aspire to be both stewards and catalysts."
Our Core Values
We are guided by core values defined by our founders. These values are fundamental to who we are and what we believe constitutes effective philanthropy.
Strive for excellence
We aim for the highest standards of performance, integrity, and service in all dimensions of our work.
Invest in leaders
We support effective, visionary, and collaborative leaders, as they motivate others, drive change, and produce results.
Act with humility and modesty
We approach our activities with respect for our partners, an understanding that solutions reside with those we serve, and recognition of the privilege inherent in philanthropic work.
Adopt a long-term perspective
We take the long view, considering the implications of today’s decisions for future generations.
We pursue ambitious goals, which requires a comfort with the risk of failure.
We actively solicit new perspectives to inform our work and are committed to collaboration and partnership.
Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
James E. Canales
Barbara W. Hostetter
Co-founder and Chair of the Board
Amos B. Hostetter, Jr.
Caroline Hostetter Walsh
M. Lee Pelton
President, Emerson College
Susan F. Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group
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We value diversity and inclusion in our workplace. Learn more about who we are and our staff demographics by visiting our GuideStar profile.