Dream Forward Mission & Purpose

We’re building a world where everyone has the power to shape their lives.

Our Mission

We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives.

In addressing this reality, we are guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.


Across decades, our mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement


Education & Youth


Community Development


Healthcare Programs


Empowerment Programs

Our Commitment 

We believe that social movements are built upon individual leadership, strong institutions, and innovative, often high-risk ideas. While the specifics of what we work on have evolved over the years, investments in these three areas have remained the touchstones of everything we do and are central to our theory of how change happens in the world.


These approaches have long distinguished the Dream Forward Foundation, and they have had a profound cumulative impact.


Pre Elementary to College


General & Mental Health


Social & Community Development


Living & Food Programs

Our Values & Culture

We work with a sense of urgency but recognize that meaningful change requires sustained investment over time in those living and working closest to the problems. For this reason, we focus on strengthening civil society at every level through supporting participation by people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We also closely collaborate with governments, the private sector, academia, and the creative community.

Our culture is driven by trust, constructive debate, and leadership that empowers innovation and excellence. We strive to listen and learn and to model openness and transparency. We are accountable to each other at the foundation, to our charter, to our sector, to the organizations we support, and to society at large—as well as to the laws that govern our nonprofit status.