Thriving Resilient Communities

Our Mission and Strategy

Think globally, act locally, collaborate regionally. Thriving Resilient Communities funding circle (TRC) funds U.S.-based organizations strengthening local and regional resilience in climate, economy, justice, and collaborative networks. Complex issues like climate and justice need a "whole community" approach that can link across regions to create massive culture and behavior shift. We practice Democratic Philanthropy by involving allies (including grantees) in funding decisions.

We fund regional and national network hubs in the US with systemic approaches that promote inclusive economic models and social justice.  We also involve our allies, including our grantees in the grantmaking process.

Systemic approaches build resilience in several ways:

  • Multi-stakeholder: involving multiple issues, or "stakes," such as food/water/justice as opposed to just food.
  • Multi-cultural: working together across differences such as class, race, age and gender
  • Multi-scale: networking many communities to create large-scale influence within and across regions

Check Out More About Our Work!

Thriving Resilient Communities: Overview of Involvement Opportunities

The Thriving and Resilient Community Collaboratory


Democratic Philanthropy Graphic Diagram

(Click on diagram above to view)

This diagram shows the interrelationships of TRC Funding Circle, Collaboratory, Council, other organizations, and other funders.

It indicates that discussions are held in the Collaboratory, granting decisions are made by the Council, and it shows the flow of money.


Interviews With TRC Collaboratory Participants and Grant Recipients

TRC Interview / May 9, 2018
Ben Roberts and Jon Scott

Ben Roberts is the Steward of Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC)

Jon Scott is the President & Director of Singing Field Foundation (current donor to TRCC) and and National Staff of Clean Water Action, (Past Member of the TRCC). Jon is on both sides of philanthropy, fundraising for Clean Water Action and running his family foundation. He discusses the strengths and limitations of the dominant philanthropy model and development of funders and activists granting funds together. He was involved in the early stages of the TRCC and contributed to the shared funding concepts and process.


TRC Interview / May 1, 2018
Don Hall, Transition US

Transition US is a member of the TRC Collaboratory and Don has recently joined the TRC Council

In this interview Don talks about participation in the Collaboratory, Movement Strategy Dialogues, Co-Projects, and being in the Council


TRC Interview / March 28, 2018
Susan Silber, NorCal Community Resilience Network

2017 grant recipient, member of the TRC Collaboratory

2018 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August.


We only fund US-based organizations with 501(c)3 statuses. 

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