Quixote Foundation wants to see free people in fair societies on a healthy planet.
The Foundation operated for 20 years and spent its whole endowment, wrapping up administrative details in 2017.
By spending everything, we put the next phase of our work into everyone’s hands. This new kind of perpetuity exists outside any one organization. Each person who shares our mission is a living, ongoing “Quixote Foundation.”
We hope you’ll enjoy browsing our story and find inspiration for your own work toward a free, fair and healthy world.
Six thank you grants for individual artists and arts organizations whose work shifts perspectives on reproductive freedom and rights.
By design, Quixote Foundation’s endowment is almost gone. Read about some fears we’ve faced and why we’re still stoked, not spooked, about spending everything.
Three Native and indigenous community organizations working for reproductive freedom.
Watch our animated video and find out how "family history" can leave crucial points of context in the margins.
Social issues don’t exist in isolation and their solutions can’t be developed there either.
We act as if racism is about uneven floors or glass ceilings. Meanwhile, the roof is on fire.
In response to the shooting of Michael Brown, white folks are saying "There, but for the grace of color, go I." They're all true stories, but why make the narrative about us?
Why freedom-loving women and men will ultimately crush the (Hobby) Lobbyists
Brilliant action plan / Net Neutrality haikus / Flood the FCC
Why is everyone so excited about Net Neutrality - the only two words that promise more boredom in the English language than "Featuring Sting?" Because the Internet isn't broken and big telecom companies want to break it.
Like a convention for the "smartest kids in the room," election officials, security experts, technology vendors and advocates are discussing technologies for voting and voter registration.
Our experiment in giving grants without creating obligation.
Election Day resources and a year-round network protecting every vote.
Our appreciation, in the form of surprise grants, for groups working toward reproductive freedom.
Foundations inherit outsized wealth and power. Would we give up this system to create the world we say we want?
Quixote Foundation is in love with you and the spectacular world we share. Here’s how we plan to stay true.
People ask how we "decided against perpetuity." We didn’t—we chose a perpetual impact instead of a perpetual organization.
Find out why Quixote Foundation will spend all of its money between now and 2017.
We will miss these three leaders, who built and tilted at windmills.
Equity, speed limits, risk-taking, and investing for good: four chocolate-winning anniversary vows.
Inspired by National Geographic, we look at three critical elements U.S. democracy needs to produce "swarm intelligence."
How can you help get out the vote? The answer might arrive with pepperoni and extra cheese.
How do we expect to grow a movement if that movement’s leaders are starved out of public interest careers just when they’re hitting their stride?
Holidays motivate people to act on their values. We’ve noticed these folks doing that 365 days a year.
Five ways foundations can use their voices to make the most of every grant.
A world in which silos are for cows and Team Quixote goes Full Tilt (in addition to the usual foundation info).
Two unforgettable days and nights of inQuiry, laughter and thought-provoking fun.
...plus action-packed good times, thoughts from our muse and a family history of quirky.
How Quixote Foundation decided to spend up, where the money was headed and what others had to say about the decision.
Quixote Foundation renews its vows with nonprofit groups and other collaborators, and invites the QF community to make vows of its own.
The first Quixote Foundation website, made by "loving hands at home."
Celebrating & Speechifying
See how this spectacular community explored ideas, shared appreciation and celebrated our launch beyond Quixote Foundation into a free, fair & healthy world.
Quixote Foundation colleagues, family & friends topped off two days of intense collaboration by celebrating ten years with Media Democracy Fund, Election Verification and Quixote Foundation’s "Chief Mixologist."
Friends of QF jumped all in and helped us pull the ripcord on spending everything.
Come fly with us for new perspectives.
For a moment five billion years ago, there was such a thing as a "free lunch." Find out how Quixote Foundation got here from there.
Albums & Artifacts
The who, what and where: highlights from 20 years of teamwork and travel.
Quixote Foundation applauds practicing idealism in all its forms.
Some people say Don Quixote was just a crazy windmill-tilter. He’s our muse, and we know better.
Invite the decision-makers sitting around your table to play. What will they do to move us forward? What behaviors will send us backwards?
Earn cards as rewards while playing This Is Not a Game—or just keep them handy for inspiration.
Not-so-secret ingredients for a free, fair & healthy world. Mix these ingredients and add some of your own.
If the kids (and certain friends) are going to scribble on the tablecloth anyway, why not make it more fun?
Ten-foot-tall musings about hospitality.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...and something for you (customizable postcards).
How would you make connections for a better world?