• Organization TypeIndependent/None
  • Staff26-50
  • Founded1996
The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation (a 501(c)3 organization under US tax code). The foundation was established in 1996 by publishing entrepreneur Chris Anderson. The goal of the Sapling Foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for thinkers, visionaries and teachers, so that people around the globe can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and feed a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea. Many factors can amplify the power of ideas: mass media, technology and market forces, to name three. In the past, Sapling supported projects that used these tools to leverage every dollar spent and create sustainable change in areas such as global public health, poverty alleviation and biodiversity. More than $10 million was granted to enlightened organizations such as the Acumen Fund, Environmental Defence, One World Health, and PATH. Sapling is no longer accepting proposals for outside grants; the foundation has turned its focus to the impact possible through TED itself. Ever since the foundation acquired TED in November 2001, it has been seeking ways to allow the extraordinary passion and inspiration created every year at our conferences to effect beneficial change in the world.

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