Freedom in Practice
We are interested in projects that go beyond theory, make a tangible change in the lives of real people, and promote greater freedom and prosperity.
Our philanthropic strategy is to support projects that articulate and promote our freedom philosophy, projects that eliminate the obstacles which impede creative individuals, projects that give a hand-up, rather than just a hand-out. We are interested in projects which go beyond theory, that apply these insights in the lives of real people and promote greater freedom and prosperity.
What We Fund
Please review our guidelines closely, if you are a not-for-profit organization promoting freedom in practice, we want to hear from you. We receive LOIs year-round without specific deadlines through our grant management system, SmartSimple. Once you have submitted your LOI, you will receive further information regarding the timing and next steps. If you are uncertain about the eligibility of your proposal, please review our Funding Guidelines closely before submitting an LOI.
If your project meets our funding criteria, we will contact you and extend an invitation to submit a full proposal for further consideration. Our board meetings take place in May, August, and December. The evaluation period is generally between 3 and 6 months. If you require further support, please email us at email@example.com.
Does the project enhance individuals’ capacities for self-determination and peaceful, voluntary cooperation?
Does the project discover methods to teach freedom in more effective ways or to new, untapped audiences?
Private Sector Solutions
Does the project develop private sector solutions to societal problems?
Does the project offer solutions to the problems created by government & crony capitalist interventions?
At Rising Tide Foundation, we believe the market economy, in concert with limited government and rule of law, holds the greatest promise of freedom and prosperity for all. Markets enhance individual flourishing by coordinating diverse interests through voluntary and peaceful exchange.
Rule of Law
Poverty, in our opinion, cannot be managed by redistributing a perceived finite pie of wealth, nor by gaining control over limited resources. Instead, prosperity is when society respects the dignity of each person and his or her right to act as a moral agent. We seek to unleash this potential by supporting projects that open networks of productivity and exchange to the previously excluded. We believe that individuals in poverty must see themselves as active agents, not passive victims. They must seek and be given empowerment, not paternalistic protection as the key to prosperity.
Personal freedom and the free market economy, as ideals, are continuously threatened by the power of big-government and big-business, intervening to enhance social justice, equity, or efficiency in markets. But these efforts end up leading to the kind of crony capitalism that is so prevalent today – a system that claims to help everyone but benefits only the few at the expense of the many; it is a system that manages rather than solves poverty.
We at Rising Tide Foundation empower, encourage, and support our community of global and local organizations through person-centered grant funding and access to the Rising Tide ecosystem so that they can continuously improve and maximize their impact to generate a society of free and responsible individuals empowered to live on their own terms.
Lanzarote Co-creation Forum
Rising Tide Foundation and Universidad de las Hespérides will host the first ever co-creation forum in Lanzarote in order to advance private sector solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges.
Spark Fund for Collaboration
Rising Tide Foundation launched the Spark Fund for Collaboration – a designated fund for former and current grantees to develop and test ideas for collaboration.
Rising Tide Grantee Community
The Rising Tide Grantee Community is where all current and past grantees come together to exchange great ideas and encourage collaboration.
Freedom Exchange – Grantee Summit
The Rising Tide Freedom Exchange welcomed nearly 40 of our grantees from over ten countries around the world to build a community where organizational leaders come together to exchange great ideas and spark collaboration.