About The Summit Foundation

Established in 1991, The Summit Foundation, a private family foundation, is committed to a world where people can thrive and nature can flourish – a world in which one is not sacrificed for the other. We seek to promote the health and well-being of the planet – its people and its natural environment – by achieving gender equality, protecting the earth’s biodiversity and making cities livable. Grant-making is directed toward three program priorities:

  • Empowering Girls, which seeks to empower marginalized girls by transforming their social, reproductive and economic lives;
  • Conserving the Mesoamerican Reef, with the long term goal of ensuring that the Mesoamerican Reef thrives as a healthy, productive ecosystem capable of supporting vibrant economies and providing abundant marine resources for generations to come; and
  • Sustainable Cities, which seeks to radically increase the pace and impact of current efforts to improve the sustainability of cities to achieve a world where people can thrive and nature can flourish.

Our Core Values

Since 1991, The Summit Foundation has supported organizations working to improve our world and the quality of life for its inhabitants. Underlying this commitment to global sustainability are three core values that reflect our founders’ philosophy:

Shifting the Context. Achieving a sustainable and healthy future for the generations to come will entail profound changes in our perspective and thinking. We believe that shifting the context in which problems are viewed can reveal innovative solutions.

Achieving Results. We are committed to having an impact that is significant and enduring. We seek results that go beyond stopgap measures and that delve into the systemic sources of problems and achieve deeply rooted change.

Investing in People. We invest in the creative, entrepreneurial spirit of people, and we count on their goodness and wisdom to triumph. We believe that people are capable of extraordinary accomplishments when they have the right tools to achieve their goals and are fully empowered to give their best to the world.


Trustees and Staff

Board of Trustees
Roger W. Sant, Chair
Victoria P. Sant, President
Lex Sant, Vice President and Treasurer
President, Sant Foundation
Shari Sant Plummer, Secretary
President, Code Blue Foundation
Kathryn S. Fuller, Trustee
Vice Chair, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Dan Plummer, Trustee
Chair, Friends of the Upper Delaware River
Chrissie Sant, Trustee
Parent-Child Teacher, The Washington Waldorf School
John Sant, Trustee
Michael Sant, Trustee
President, Sant Architects, Inc.
Ali Sant-Johnson, Trustee
Founder and Partner, Studio for Urban Projects
Shira Saperstein, Trustee
Independent Consultant, Shira Consults
Staff
Kathy Hall
Director, Empowering Girls
Carlos Saavedra
Senior Director, Biodiversity
Darryl Young
Director, Sustainable Cities
Jamie Amagai
Director, Grants Management
Claudia Carranza
Office Manager
Diane Crockett
Chief Financial Officer
Wendy Li
Program Assistant
Pavla Teie,
Executive Assistant to the President
Mila Whiteley
Program Assistant

Grantseekers

In seeking the greatest impact possible with our available resources, The Summit Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, requests, or letters of inquiry. Grant application guidelines are available only for invited organizations.

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