Our mission

The purpose of the Rumphius Foundation is to make the world a little more beautiful; to sow little seeds of hope and joy that will strengthen community and protect the environment, in small but meaningful ways.

The Foundation seeks to brighten the lives of a diverse range of people in need of a helping hand through projects that enrich groups and organizations across America, and simultaneously educate young people about sustainability and healthy living.

Funded by an initial grant from Mike and Candace Schuller, the Rumphius Foundation, which is held at a national public charity, seeks to grow its resources to broaden its reach and impact. Individuals and organizations within the United States with specific needs are also invited to apply for support. As with Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius, we hope to remind the next generation to leave the world more beautiful than they found it.