"What we create together is a relationship in which we work on making a difference in people’s lives. I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings."
Werner Erhard demonstrates his longstanding commitment to bettering the human condition through non-profit, voluntary action. He founded and raised the funding for a number of such organizations which focused on issues from world hunger and education to juvenile delinquency and crime.
The Breakthrough Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, changed the direction of thousands young people’s lives through the Youth at Risk Program. President George H.W. Bush recognized the Breakthrough Foundation as one of his "thousand points of light."
Hoo! - Ballet Changed My Life
Youth At Risk, New York - Unlocking Futures
Youth At Risk, UK - Young People Building Better Futures
Arizona Youth At Risk Video - Developing Solid Citizenship Skills
Colorado Youth at Risk 2007 Video - Inspire, Inquire, Join the Conversation!
Youth At Risk West - Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in California
The CareGivers Project, an independent non-profit organization, designed programs to renew and empower caregivers struggling with emotional, mental, and physical stress as they provide short- and long-term care to people with terminal illnesses such as AIDS.
The Caregivers Project continues to provides renewal workshops for caregivers.
The Education Network, a national independent grassroots organization, is committed to the transformation of education in the United States. The organization provides training in a set of non-traditional conversations that make it possible for people to realize their fundamental commitment to education – to make a real and lasting difference with students on a day-to-day basis and impact the future of education in their communities.
Visit The Education Network website.
The Holiday Project, an independent non-profit organization managed by volunteers nationwide, organizes visits and gift-giving to people confined in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, prisons, and other institutions during Christmas, Chanukah, and other holidays throughout the year.
Visit the website of a regional Holiday Project organization: The Holiday Project, Northern California
“There were a series of meetings that involved a great many impressive people, including Buckminster Fuller, Werner Erhard, John Denver, Dr. Robert Fuller and others who were looking at major questions about humanity as we approached the last 25 years of the century and in fact the millennium. And one of the questions they asked was: What is the fundamental breakdown in human integrity, that if resolved, would produce a profound breakthrough for life? And it became clear to Bucky and Werner and to some of the other people that millions and millions of people were dying of hunger in a world that was awash with food. This was a breakdown - not in distribution or production - but a breakdown in human integrity, that we would allow that to continue." Lynne Twist from The Soul of Business
Hunger Project, an international grassroots organization, dedicated
itself to the end of hunger in the world. Praised for its effectiveness
by world leaders and authorities on dealing with the persistence of
hunger, the United Nations Economic and Social Council roster recognizes
the continuing work of the Hunger Project to create the sustainable end of world hunger..
The Hunger Project Source Document
Hunger Project Videos
The Hunger Project: Empowering Women and Men to End Their Own Hunger
The Hunger Project's 30th Anniversary Video!
Bangladesh - the Hunger Project, Video
est Graduate Jeff Bridges' Work to End Hunger
The Mastery Foundation, a non-profit, volunteer, interfaith organization founded in 1983 to empower individuals and communities in their ministries, in the reconciliation and healing of divisions, and in creating new conversations and possibilities for the future. The Mastery Foundation continues to this day to work toward peace and reconcilation in places where religious differences are a source of conflict, including Northern Ireland and Israel. Werner Erhard most recently participated in the formulation of the Mastery Foundation School for Leadership at its Inaugural Conference in 2006, and continuing in 2007 and 2008.
Participate in The Mastery Foundation School for Leadership
Prison Possibilities, Inc
Prison Possibilities, Inc. was an independent non-profit organization that enabled men and women in prisons to alter their predictable futures. This organization's programs demonstrated concrete results in significantly lowering the rate of re arrest and imprisonment among those inmates who have participated. A number of the inmates who participated in the programs continue to this day to make the program available to others.
Werner Erhard Foundation
The Werner Erhard Foundation, founded by Werner Erhard in 1973, granted nearly $4 million to more than 300 projects in the areas of international relations, health and well-being, eduation, science, and cultural exchange. For ten years the Werner Erhard Foundation produced an annual theoretical physics conference attended by the leading thinkers in the field. Some of the discussions later evolved into now-leading edge theories in physics.
Werner Erhard was awarded with the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award for his "notable
effort to end the starvation and hunger suffered by millions throughout
the world and for drawing broad public awareness to the value of integrity
in our everyday lives."