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:
- Equality for Women and Girls, which seeks to achieve gender equality for marginalized women and 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 sustainability of US cities through transformative climate action.
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, Officers and Staff
Trustees and Officers
- Roger W. Sant, Chair
- Victoria P. Sant, (1939-2018) Chair and President Emerita
- Lex Sant, President
- President, Sant Foundation
- Shari Sant Plummer, Secretary
- President, Code Blue Foundation
- Jason Hicks, Treasurer
- Kathryn S. Fuller, Trustee
- Vice Chair, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
- Cristián Samper, Trustee
- President and Chief Executive, Wildlife Conservation Society
- Chrissie Sant, Trustee
- 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
- Kathy Hall
- Director, Equality for Women and Girls
- Cheri Recchia
- Director, Mesoamerican Reef
- Jennifer Ruffner
- Director, Grants Management
- Erika Quinteros Lucas
- Program Assistant, Equality for Women and Girls
- Elizabeth Sullins
- Program Assistant, Mesoamerican Reef
- Diane Crockett
- Chief Financial Officer
- Christine Campbell
- Assistant Administrator
- Pavla Teie
- Executive Assistant
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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