Mission

We are dedicated to building just and robust communities throughout the world.

The Wagner Foundation believes that everyone has a right and responsibility to contribute to their community. Individual achievement is often constrained by the circumstances in which people live. For this reason, the foundation believes sustained change is achieved through a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to community development. This development is most effective when it incorporates diverse perspectives which can provide a broader range of solutions to problems.  When social bias prevents this from happening, it must be challenged and overcome. Honoring the potential in people regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or social status is essential to imagining a better future for us all.

For this reason, diverse organizations, government programs, and individuals must find new ways of working together to achieve common goals. Everyone has a responsibility to be stewards of just and robust communities.

The Wagner Foundation believes that everyone has a responsibility to be stewards of just and robust communities.

Who We Are

Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner, III established the Wagner Foundation in 2005. Initially, grants focused on elementary and secondary school programs, universities, hospitals, and human service organizations based in the Boston area. This local focus reflected an understanding of the community, a concern for accountability, and a desire to facilitate participation around shared goals.

Over time, the Wagner Foundation has expanded its community-focused methodology nationally and internationally. At the same time, the Wagner Foundation has expanded its mission to address issues of social justice that affect vulnerable communities in the United States and abroad. 

Internationally, we prioritize access to health care among the poorest communities and emphasize learning and economic development for women and children. Domestically, we focus on youth development, especially in job creation and learning, along with organizations that catalyze creative thinking and challenge convention. 

In order to enable creative and capable communities, each individual must be equipped and empowered to improve their circumstances.