Funding Criteria 

Grantees are evaluated in the context of the mosaic of change unique to the communities in which they operate. The Wagner Foundation funds organizations that achieve excellence in their stated mission through strong leadership, ambition, creativity, and collaboration.  The foundation also considers an organization’s record of success, adherence to strategic planning, and fiscal discipline and oversight. 

Grantee organizations demonstrate the following practices and values:

Strong Leadership
Engaging, creative visions require the commitment and expertise of a strong leader and an effective Board of Trustees. The Wagner Foundation does not just look for great ideas, but people with the drive and courage to make them a reality.

Creative solutions often challenge convention, suggest new ways of working, and find new partnerships or models. For this reason, the ability to evolve and develop new solutions is an essential institutional trait of successful organizations.

Organizations that embrace systematic change as a core value are able to engage individuals with different perspectives and in turn work with communities in meaningful ways to enlist broader support, whether through private or public sector partners. Bringing together many parts of a creative solution requires a more holistic approach to giving.

Strategic Approach
Realizing a visionary idea requires the ability to address short-term concerns, while committing to long-term solutions. This includes accounting for long-term impact without failing to address the immediate circumstances communities face.

 Global Funding Criteria

Organizations that set high expectations for their outcomes will effect a type of change that may not have been previously imaginable. Achieving meaningful societal change requires a level of novel thinking and a daring to accept only what is excellent and not merely acceptable.  


Please note: The Wagner Foundation reviews proposals by invitation only. We solicit information from organizations that we believe help to achieve our mission of global social justice.