Thanks to an unexpected series of fortunate events, including donations from organizations that were closing down and seeking like-minded charities to give their remaining donations to, Something Good in the World was able this year to open up a Blue Sky Fund. The SGITW Board of Directors had the special opportunity, for the first time, to have a meeting to envision what we could do with contributions that were for “Blue Sky” projects; programs that we had always wished we could get off the ground if we had the support, envisioning a future of expanding Something Good further into the world.
One of the most heartening aspects about Something Good in the World having been in operation as a nonprofit for 16 years now, is that our original students are all growing up! Starting in 1998, Earth School programs began teaching children and families how to live sustainably and in harmony with the land, and how to connect with nature in meaningful and experiential ways that integrate with academic learning.
Since 2006, SGITW’s Earth School has been a farm-based education program for all ages, reaching further into the area to offer free workshops and courses for impoverished and underserved communities.
We have so many foundations to thank for continuing to support SGITW’s programs this coming year. We have most recently received funding from: The St. Faith’s House Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Fund, The Deupree Foundation, The Jack DeVito Foundation, and a family foundation that prefers to remain anonymous, to be able to offer more free workshops and courses for children from underserved areas and high needs school districts.
It’s been a looong winter, and every year, people always ask us how we are able to continue Earth School all year long, including the winter months? Mostly, folks assume that we close down our outdoor, farm-based education programs during the cold weather, but not a chance! Learning how to live in harmony with the earth includes all seasons. Luckily for us, our off-grid, solar-powered Envira Pod mobile educational trailer always has power, even when schools are closed and homes lose their electricity. The Envira Pod proves that it is possible to thrive in this part of the world without connecting to
One of the aspects we love most at Something Good in the World about partnering with foundations, farms, and businesses, is the way that we all support each other and get this feeling of “win-win-win” in our projects together. A favorite collaborations year-round is with Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring, where grants from family foundations make free farm-based education programming possible for the First and Second Graders of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Academy II.
This week, Something Good in the World received a phone call from Glynwood Farm saying, “We are just calling to say, ‘it’s thanks for giving day!’” It struck a chord, because at this time of year, there is a lot of energy devoted to giving thanks and at Something Good in the World, we have so much to be thankful for.