Circle of Dreams Foundations’ mission is to collaborate with organizations and causes around the world that support Nature’s Commons.
Our love and dedication to the preservation and well-being of the natural world have been the inspiration behind the philanthropy efforts at the Circle of Dreams Foundation. We use grantmaking as a multi-faceted strategic platform to form partnerships with people and groups engaged in activities that are in balance with the natural environment.
We focus within the US and abroad, on providing resources and grant opportunities that foster education, leadership, and skill-building projects involving Nature’s Commons. Without support of the basics, such as clean air, fresh water, resilient oceans, and healthy forests, nothing else can exist, let alone thrive. Nature’s Commons is foundational to all species that coexist on earth, not just humans.
Who are the ‘people and groups’ that the Circle of Dreams Foundation focuses on?
We focus on existing non-profit organizations, individual research programs, and groups engaged in activities that are in balance with the natural environment and who are addressing social norms that may no longer be sustainable for existing and future generations.
We focus on those that can ask the difficult questions and find new, more sustainable ways of supporting cultural norms. Those that are educating themselves by developing skills and asking questions and taking part in critical thinking, team building, leadership, confidence, integrity and self-sustenance.
We focus on organizations and people that are present to the threats that many of our socially acceptable activities have towards Nature and we want to create awareness to these issues and provide solutions related to the preservation of the natural environment. For example, clean water projects, coral reef restoration ocean projects, sustainable trail building in forests, youth educational programs, carbon reduction/neutral projects, animal rescue/rehabilitation, to name a few.
We focus on the youth, elders, social entrepreneurs, and organizations (small and large) that are actively pursuing remedies for addressing and preserving resources for future generations.
Who does Circle of Dreams Foundation work with/through?
Circle of Dreams Foundation will make available operational and research grants to those who meet our criteria as determined in our grant application process.
Established non-profit local groups with a reputation for high integrity and a history of effective service to those within our target “ecosystem” noted above as well as those in need of resources in order to actively pursue programs and/or research initiatives that are in alignment with the Foundations’ mission statement.
The path of this journey begins when the next generation of critical thinkers can access quality resources to realize those dreams for a more balanced future with nature.
Where do we work?
Circle of Dreams Foundation projects and support are currently located in the United States; Roatan, Honduras; Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Managua, Nicaragua; and various other countries through our support to other existing non-profit organizations. It is our continuing plan to support programs based in the US and abroad.
We will seek out existing, well established, organizations that have operating programs that met the grant criteria established for grantees from the Circle of Dreams Foundation that we can assist with.
Additionally, we plan to offer research grants for both participation and/or support of individuals and organizations that fulfill the Foundations’ stated mission.
What approach does Circle of Dreams Foundation take to achieve its mission?
The ability to succeed and thrive is innate to all species of all environments. There are a range of critical thinkers that have a goal and dream to improve the current conditions for preserving all aspects of nature, and Nature’s Commons, for future generations.
Often the only difference between success and not, is having the proper tool in hand. Having the proper tool for success holds whether or not it is being applied in a handcraft workshop, in business or in relationships to the natural world. Supporting educational programs in nature, science, art, & technology all play a role as a tool and vehicle of delivery.
At Circle of Dreams we strive to connect with the most effective ‘tools’ needed for a grantee’s program or vocation to prosper and will provide grants through a stringent grant application process.
Does Circle of Dreams equip groups with any specific tool or method?
One key tool is the appropriate use of grant making programs for the purpose of providing educational and/or vocational opportunities and/or enhancing an existing operating program within a nonprofit organization. Experience has shown that the proper use of small grants and scholarships to people is an extremely effective means of raising their level of ability to succeed in the programs they are engaged in. Other tools that the Circle of Dreams Foundations is capable of providing include: education, mentoring, training, and resource networking at the local organizational level.
What We Don’t Typically Fund
Endowments, debt reduction, or loans
Healthcare, mental health, or disease-specific
Organizations with annual budgets in excess of $5 million
Organizations in leadership transition (i.e. interim director)
Organizations that discriminate in any way
Political causes, candidates, or campaigns
Public policy, advocacy, or research
Religious organizations for religious purposes
Type III supporting organizations under IRC Section 509(a)(3)
Board of Trustees
The Circle of Dreams Foundation was formed in 2019 by its co-Founders, Jeanne B. Jambor and Sue Dreamweaver Spielman. Both women bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of execution and management for the foundation. They are both personally active in supporting Circle of Dreams Foundation development and the support for existing programs by providing the capital donations needed for operations serving both individuals and community groups.
Ms. Jambor is an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in business execution, management and strategic business development. As a Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Vice President, Jeanne has overseen the day-to-day operations across all areas of companies. Under her leadership she has organically grown company operations around the globe, forming strategic partnerships and structuring equity investments.
After beginning her career in public accounting and corporate finance, Jeanne has been with entrepreneurial companies within the technology and real estate sectors for the past 20+ years.
Jeanne holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BBA from James Madison University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Jeanne is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is dedicated to professionally mentoring others. In addition, she serves on various Board of Directors for technology real estate companies.
Reach her at jj@CircleOfDreams.org
Ms. Spielman is an entrepreneur with a lifetime of experience in business, technology, and nature’s teachings. Her career is a software architect and engineer spans decades of experience developing advanced enterprise whole systems, managing, mentoring, and educating. She is an award-winning author of seven books, in the areas of business, technology, and Nature’s Commons.
The past 15+ years, Sue/Dreamweaver has been bringing that technical knowledge experience to discovering, evolving, and researching Natures teachings and commons through providing educational experiences to participants throughout the United States.
She has served on various Board of Directors, both for-profit and non-profit (501(c)(3)) as both a board member, and board executive. Sue holds a Masters in Computer Science from Boston University and a BS from Stony Brook University.
Reach her at dw@CircleOfDreams.org