Ideas don’t just magically appear. They are created with intentions, perseverance, and hopefully some joy. Take look at some of the amazing programs we are providing grant support for. If you like the work that our grantees are doing, feel free to make your own direct donations to these organizations to help support them if you’re so inclined!

Circle of Dreams Foundation awards grant to Great Old Broads for Wilderness to help support the Northern San Juan Broadband chapter. Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Broads) is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Broad’s key program is the Grassroots Leadership Program, which oversees and guides our Broadband chapters. Broadbands are member-run regional or local chapters across the country formed around Broads’ mission to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. These chapters, led by volunteer leaders and co-leader teams, are made up of passionate and dedicated Broads and Bros of diverse backgrounds and ages, with a fire for change and a love for the land.

Circle of Dreams is excited to be supporting the following programs of the Northern San Juan Colorado Broadband chapter: monthly Riverwatch monitoring project of the Uncompahgre River, Wilderness Leadership (WALTS) training, Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep monitoring, as well as for local Broadband members to participate in regional Rendezvous.

To find out more about the heart and soul of this organization or to get involved with a local Broadband chapter in your area, visit the Great Old Broads for Wilderness .

Circle of Dreams Foundation awards grant to Empowerment International (EI) to help get the “Amigos de Mi Ambiente” (AMA) (“Friends of the Environment”) program off the ground. This program will commence in the remote rural community of Santa Ana del los Malacos outside of the city of Granada, Nicaragua. As an educational organization serving over 310 children and their families, it is the goal of EI that the children and their families have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills they need to build a sustainable future.

EI shall create awareness about critical local environmental challenges through an understanding of the causes that lead to degradation of the local environment, through a series of interactive and dynamic classes. Practical, useful tools will be presented to the Santa Ana community for taking care of their environment and developing resilience strategies to overcome global climate change impacts. There will be three components to Amigos de Mi Ambiente :

  1. Education and Awareness: Providing the community with information to understand how their actions can hurt or improve environmental situations. EI will offer interactive workshops by local environmental advocates to members as well as enhance and integrate topics into the Natural Sciences class in the local primary school. This information will be disseminated via the public school and during monthly workshops for teens, young adults and parents.
  2. Critical Thinking: Using critical thinking methodology to find solutions to key environmental problems we found in Santa Ana community assessment in 2018. As a pilot project for an EI community-based program, the plan is to develop a baseline to include robust indicators to monitor and evaluate improvement. For this component, we set up practical ways to support the environment through everyday actions and have guest speakers who are involved in environmental activism in the country.
  3. Protection and environmental advocacy: Through the EI programs, start creating spaces to give tools to our beneficiaries to protect the environment and create awareness of our role in our ecosystems. The art program and photography club will expand our range of action with graphic ways to show how we affect the environment.

Here’s a link to all of the Empowerment International programs .

We’re happy to be able to support this project and will post progress on the program as we get updates.

In the meantime, enjoy the TEDx talk given by one of our trustees, Sue Dreamweaver on Nature’s Commons.