About Us

The Foundation exists to promote Social Justice, Environmental Justice, and Education.   It was started in 2003 by Dianne Shumaker and the late Paul Shumaker, one of the founding engineers at Garmin International.

The Trustees meet twice or thrice yearly to assess grant applications.  We receive many more excellent proposals than we have funds to grant.  If your request does not receive funding, please do not conclude that it is an inferior project:  We simply do not have the funds to support all excellent proposals.

We take an active interest in the work of all our grantees.  We try to serve as a resource for them, by introducing them to other grantees with related projects and/or others in the community with the same goals.  All our grantees are invited to utilize us in this way.