Heron is a private foundation that has been around since 1992. Its mission is to help people and communities help themselves.
Since inception, the ways in which we have pursued Heron’s mission have evolved — in part because Heron tries to operate as a learning organization. Today, we pursue Heron’s mission by championing people, places, and enterprises who challenge broken conventions and dare to change.
What do we believe?
We believe that economic opportunity for people and communities should be the focus of our work.
We try to be open-minded to new opportunities and different ways of thinking. We recognize that change often requires risk, and we support our partners in making new leaps. We refuse to be bound by paradigms that limit our collective potential and possibility.
We value the collective wisdom of our community partners, philanthropic partners, and other players in the field. We have the privilege of working at the intersection of communities and capital markets — and we try to create better feedback loops between the two.
“Our role in connecting and championing should always be grounded in purpose.”