The Mariposa Foundation is a private family foundation based in New York City that customarily gives anonymously. The Foundation makes grants to U.S. based organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Mariposa does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.
The Foundation defines its areas of interest both by program area and geography, with a particular focus on supporting organizations working on environmental, social, and economic justice issues.
Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish. A butterfly transforms through four stages from an egg to a caterpillar to a winged pupa to a captivating butterfly that radiates light and beauty. As the inventor R. Buckminster Fuller once said, “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” It’s difficult to look at an impoverished community or a decimated environment and see the potential for a thriving society or a rich ecosystem. The Mariposa Foundation was founded in 1975 to be a pillar of support for those organizations with the vision to recognize opportunities for transformation, providing the resources to nurture, protect, and support the emergence of beauty and hope.
The Mariposa Foundation supports its work through funding direct services, advocacy and public awareness campaigns, community building, and research. In all of its work, the Foundation is guided by the following principles:
Thank you for your interest in the Mariposa Foundation. We welcome your questions about the Foundation, however proposals are by invitation only. We do not accept unsolicited requests for support.