Our Methods

The issues we engage in are wildly disparate, but they share the characteristics of being deeply rooted, dynamic, and complex. None will be solved easily and quickly, and none will be solved through our efforts alone. Our main focus and goal with The Miner Foundation is to make meaningful and impactful grants.

Accordingly, we understand that to bring about the sort of changes that will help people live healthier and more productive lives, we must make responsible and focused grants. First, our Board and Advisory Members identify and research issues that meet our mission statement and then recommend Institutions that can help achieve results with respect to the particular issues we take on. Second, we determine whether we can make a meaningful difference with a grant and/or our influences.

All of our grants emerged through this process. Once we commit to an area of need, we define our major goals and identify a clear path to achieving them and then work with the Institutions to execute. 

How We Develop Strategy

Our Board meets with our Advisory Committee to develop goals and strategies before allocating resources. Then, we work together to collect and share data with one another on the progress of the Grantees. Like any other organization, we reflect on lessons learned and adjust the course as needed and often working hand in hand with our Grantee. Finally, we meet and reflect on and review each strategy annually, and make adjustments to our implementation plan toward achieving our goals. 

How We Identify Grants

We collaborate with grantee and partner organizations to develop proposals that align with our strategic priorities and the organization's focus and capabilities. First, we identify ideas that support our strategic priorities, and make the determination that a concept is aligned to a strategy, and we should proceed with development work. Next, with the help of organizations in the field we seek to identify organizations that can make with the identified strategy to identify potential grantees or we solicit a grant or contract proposal. Often, we use direct solicitation when we know that an organization is well-suited to perform the work and in doing so we directly solicit an early phase concept memo or proposal. In some cases, we invite several organizations to submit a concept memo or proposal for discussion. Finally, we may determine we need more breadth on an issue and we will issue RFPs. 


We may give applicants guidelines and templates for developing a proposal, a budget, and a results framework and tracker. We also complete our due diligence, confirm the applicant organization's tax status, determine how to structure the transaction, and assess risk. Investment proposals are reviewed by the Board and chosen by our founder and Chairwoman - Justine Miner. 

Measurement & Evaluation of Results

We work with Grantee and Partners to effectively define the overall results we hope to achieve and the data needed to measure those results. We do not require Grantees or Partners to report on all of their activities. Rather, we focus on measuring the most critical metrics of progress and encourage learning, adjustment, and alignment. The nature and frequency of measurement depends on the type of work. 

The Miner Foundation has made grants to the following Institutions: 

  • Heifer International - Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. 

  • Global Aids Interfaith Alliance - Working with the people of Malawi offering support to the Mobile Health efforts to fight and education about HIV/AIDS. 
  • Doctors Without Borders - Supporting supplies to protect doctors and nurses who are treating Ebola victims, working with the UN World Health Organization who is spearheading research and clinical trials to speed the search for treatment for the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Trekking for Kids - Organizes purpose-driven treks for socially-conscious hikers in some of the world's most remote and iconic locations. 
  • The Body Positive - The Body Positive teaches people how to overcome conflicts with their bodies so they can lead happier, more productive lives, and is dedicated to inspiring youth and adults to value their health and unique beauty. 
  • Sonoma Valley Hospital - The Sonoma Valley Health hospital is a 75 bed facility that works to maintain, improve and restore the health of everyone in the Sonoma Area.
  • The Craig Perry Foundation - This Foundation was created to carry on the legacy of a beloved individual who lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2011, and that focuses on uniting the local community in support of those battling cancer. 
  • Builders Without Borders of Utah - Builders Without Borders of Utah improves the living conditions of truly needy families by working with religious leaders in Tijuana, Mexico that identify humble, hard-working members of the community that live in extremely poor conditions. 
  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust - a member-supported non-profit organization that permanently protects working farms in Marin County by purchasing agricultural conservation easements on farmland. 
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma - Built a teen wellness center with programs that offer positive opportunities for youth to learn and succeed in a safe environment. 
  • Homeward Bound of Marin - Opens doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence with a vision that "everyone deserves a place to call home." This organization has a program entitles "Fresh Starts Culinary Academy", which The Miner Foundation supports.
  • San Francisco and Marin Food Banks - Ending Hunger in San Francisco and Marin Counties. The Miner Foundation has emphasized the Pantry Network and Nutritional Education Programs. 
  • Center for Domestic Peace - Marin Abused Women's Services. Mobilizes individuals and communities to transform our world so domestic violence no longer exists, creating greater safety, justice, and equality. 
  • Glide Memorial - Feeding the hungry and providing compassionate healthcare. 
  • Wordlink - Nourish Program - Promotes food literacy in creating healthier communities through teachers, students, farm-to-school and garden and cooking programs. 
  • Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy - Compassionate spiritual support to the unsheltered and those in jail. 
  • San Francisco Aids Foundation - Stonewall Project - HIV, AIDS counseling and support. 
  • Bay Area Women's and Children Center - After school clubs and cooking program for low-income families and children.
  • The Pomeroy Recreation Center - Provides recreation, vocational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities through programs and services that encourage self-expression, promote personal achievement, and lead to greater independence.