The Small Planet Fund
We started the Fund in 2001 to support courageous movements bringing to life citizen-led solutions to hunger, poverty, and environmental devastation around the world. Every year, we fund core grantees and make strategic grants to additional groups throughout the world for whom a relatively small infusion of resources can make a world of difference.
Since we launched the Fund, two of our core grantees have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize: Muhammad Yunus and colleagues at the Grameen Bank and Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement.
With the support of hundreds of donors from across the country, we have raised and given away more than $800,000.
Consider joining the hundreds of people in our community of changemakers who believe that community-based social change can change the world and make a tax-deductible gift to the Fund today. Together we are making a difference.
Our Five Principles
Ensure that access to safe and nutritious foods is a human right.
Celebrate and safeguard local traditions, rural communities, family farmers, and indigenous knowledge.
Promote farming practices that foster healthy workers, communities, and environment.
Defend gender equality and women’s rights as essential to ending hunger.
Evolve capitalism to further the social good.
Mother-daughter team, Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, are co-authors of the national bestselling Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Penguin 2002) and regularly appear on television, radio, and speak on college campuses and at conferences across the country. Together they lead the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education.
Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore Lappé is author of Diet for a Small Planet, founder of the Small Planet Institute, and co-founder of Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy. She has written 18 books, is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, and was named the 2008 James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year. Her most recent book is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want (Nation Books, 2011).
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and advocate for sustainability and environmental and food justice. In her most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury 2010), Anna connects the dots between the food on our plates and global warming – and what communities around the world are doing to bring to life a sustainable food system that is healthier for people and the planet. Her writing has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and Los Angeles Times, among many other outlets. She has appeared on PBS, CBC, NBC, and FoxNews and can be seen on public television as the co-host of The Endless Feast and on the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet. From 2004 to 2006, Anna was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation. Along with Hope’s Edge, Anna is the co-author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006).