We fund local solutions.
We exchange grassroots brilliance.

While women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples contribute least to large-scale, global problems like climate change, inequality, poverty, and broken food systems, they often are the most impacted by them. 

However, with enough support and resources, everyday people are shaping proven and powerful local solutions to our shared and urgent global challenges.

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Vision and Values


Thousand Currents envisions a world where humanity thrives as a creative force that is in reciprocal and interdependent with nature, and creates loving, equitable and just societies. 



Courage: We confront injustice and inequality with love, strength, conviction, and integrity.

Humility: We are part of a greater whole. We are one among many currents. We recognize our place among many forces for good and change that exist in the world.

Experimentation: In order to take principled actions together, we prioritize learning, commit to self-reflection, embrace trial and error, and honor multiple ways of knowing.

Creative collaboration: We share power, practices, and resources to reimagine new ways of living.

Interdependence: With our futures intertwined, we respect all beings and build authentic relationships to move forward together.


Theory of Change

Thousand Currents Theory of Change by Thousand Currents is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Social transformation is on the horizon.

People in the Global South and around the world are agents of lasting change in their own nations and neighborhoods — affecting the conditions of their own lives. 

Thousand Currents’ Theory of Change (click on the graphic to the right) clearly articulates the short-, medium-, and long-term outcomes that we and our partners work toward, using four distinct categories:

  • Community Self-Determination
  • Organizational Resilience
  • Global Solidarity
  • Social Justice Giving

This ecosystem graphic emerged in 2014 from an inclusive evaluation process with our partners and leaders in philanthropy.

We invite you to learn more about our partners’ work, Thousand Currents’ 2018-2020 strategy, and our approach to learning and evaluation.

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