The Marion Institute is an incubator of innovative models for social change. We cultivate great ideas and support visionary leaders creating progress around the world. Based on the Southcoast of Massachusetts, the Marion Institute strives to enhance the quality of life for our neighbors as well, working to strengthen community, foster healthy living, and expand sustainability, particularly in the historic city of New Bedford, fast becoming one of the greenest cities in America.
We spearhead several core programs of our own, focused on innovative approaches to healthcare, community-building, and sustainability:
We also provide administrative support to a range of innovative initiatives in North America and around the world under our 501(c)(3) umbrella:
The common thread in every facet of the Marion Institute’s work is the relentless commitment to finding cutting-edge ideas and cultivating those ideas to create a better world.
The Marion Institute has worked globally for over 20 years, supporting others in turning creative ideas into effective action. Our support and expertise has helped catalyze dozens of non-profits, including highly impactful work in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. In 2004, an early Marion Institute partner, Wangari Maathai, won the Nobel Peace Prize for her innovative Green Belt Movement. More recently, The Himalayan Project was extremely successful helping to rebuild after the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, and the Institute’s GROW Education project was recognized for its innovative approach to community-building in urban New Bedford.
We love connecting and inspiring people of diverse backgrounds, confident that caring, informed people can create progress on every scale, from targeted local impact to global movements.