The Mariposa Foundation makes grants to U.S. based organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Mariposa is a private foundation based in New York City that gives anonymously and defines its areas of interest both by program area and geography. These areas of interest include humanitarian aid, environmental work, and ventures serving New York City and New Orleans. Mariposa does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.
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.
In all of its work, the Foundation is guided by the following principles:
The Foundation believes philanthropy, like everything else, is a constantly evolving field and process. We are continuously seeking to learn from our work in order to better serve our grantees.
The Foundation believes strongly in supporting innovation and working with recipient organizations on long term initiatives.
Some of our current initiatives are:
Proposals are by invitation only. We do not accept unsolicited requests for support.
Thank you for your interest in the Mariposa Foundation. We welcome your questions about the Foundation, but accept proposals by invitation only. We do not accept unsolicited requests for support.