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About the Greenhouse Initiatives

The Marion Institute is a non-profit that acts as an incubator for progressive programs that create deep and positive change in the world. These Greenhouse Initiatives represent a diverse array of interest areas and have had a lasting impact on individuals and nations.

We helped Wangari Maathai turn her passion for tree planting and community-building in Kenya into the global Green Belt Movement that swept through Africa and spread around the world.  In 2004 Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.  We helped Van Jones launch his Green For All program and expand the reach of his Green Jobs initiative in our local area. Our Himalayan Project raised funds to rebuild a whole Nepali village after the devastating earthquake of 2015, and Cambodian Living Arts restored culture and community in the Cambodian diaspora 40 years after a devastating civil war.

On nearly every continent, operating on every scale, Marion Institute’s Greenhouse Initiatives have expanded the capacity of dozens of non-profits, and helped to positively impact millions of lives. We apply our skills, our passion, and our network to strengthen capacity, expand impact, and turn great ideas into great works, creating progress at every phase.

If you would like to bring a worthy organization to our attention, fill out this form and send it to

Please consider making a donation to support the goals of one of our Greenhouse Initiatives – or simply support the overall work of the Marion Institute.


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