Funds Will Support Capital Needs and Capacity-Building Initiatives that Strengthen the 80-Year-Old Camphill Movement in North America and High-Need Areas Worldwide

Chestnut Ridge, NY, March 3, 2020 ​—​ Camphill Foundation today announced that it will award $375,000 to 17 Camphill communities, affiliates, and organizations worldwide in 2020. The funds will be delivered through grants aligned with Camphill Foundation’s mission of supporting, strengthening, and safeguarding the Camphill movement, and are designated for initiatives that meet recipients’ pressing needs.

Camphill Foundation’s 2020 grants include:

Capital Needs

  • Camphill Village Kimberton Hills (Kimberton, PA) will receive $32,000 toward the construction of a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) building, helping the community expand its successful Sankanac CSA enterprise while providing community members with nutritious food and meaningful work opportunities.
  • As part of two-year renewable grant, Camphill Ghent (Chatham, NY) will receive $30,000 to install a state-of-the-art fire safety system that provides the community’s vulnerable elder population with the highest level of fire security and protection.
  • As part of a three-year renewable grant, Camphill Communities California (Soquel, CA) will receive $25,000 to install solar panels on its properties, equipping the community to manage ongoing energy crises in northern California while improving future sustainability.
  • Plowshare Farm (Greenfield, NH) will receive $10,000 for the construction of a 480-foot accessible loop path connecting households, workshop areas, and community centers.
  • Triform Camphill Community (Hudson, NY) will receive $6,000 toward the purchase of a multi-passenger, energy-efficient vehicle to provide safe travel between Triform’s main campus and its Stewardship Community.


Capacity Building:

  • As part of a three-year renewable grant, Glenora Farm (Duncan, British Columbia) will receive $25,000 to create a new administrative assistant position, which will reduce volunteer coworkers’ administrative workloads and allow them to focus exclusively on providing program and community member support.
  • Raphael Village (New Orleans, LA) will receive $15,000 to build community awareness by increasing its outreach coordinator’s weekly hours, and to expand skills of faculty and volunteer coworkers through new training opportunities.
  • Camphill Communities Ontario (Angus, Canada) will receive $14,000 to expand and update its maple syrup production social enterprise, through which adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities develop new skills and participate in paid work opportunities.
  • Camphill Hudson (Hudson, NY) will receive $10,000 to fund a software implementation that streamlines volunteer coworker scheduling and paperwork, bolstering efficiency and compliance while enabling workers to dedicate more time to direct community support.
  • Camphill Foundation Canada will receive $8,000 for a 2020 planned giving campaign that will help sustain the Camphill movement in Canada by securing donors who wish to support Camphill beyond their lifetimes.
  • Heartbeet Lifesharing (Hardwick, VT) will receive $8,000 to launch an endowment campaign that enables the community to build a strong financial future.



  • East-West Exchange Fund (Asia) will receive $48,000 for residential renovations and repairs at Camphill Sadhana in India, as well as funding for volunteer coworker training, educational tools and resources, and other vital needs at Camphill communities in Asia.
  • Camphill Agualinda (Colombia), an emerging Camphill community, will receive $10,000 in core programmatic support.
  • Respirar Comunidad (Argentina) will receive $9,000 to fund program expansion, including acquisition of music rehearsal and workshop space and staff training.
  • Camphill Nodibinājums Rožkalni (Latvia) will receive $5,000 for the repair and refurbishment of facilities where volunteer coworkers and villagers live and work.


Regional Capacity Building

  • The Camphill Association of North America (Ghent, NY) will receive $75,000, the fourth installment of a five-year award, to strengthen regional operations, volunteer coworker development, research and policy initiatives, and community development.
  • Camphill Academy (Glenmoore, PA) will receive $45,000, the third installment of a five-year award, to support day-to-day operations, training, and ongoing curricula and leadership development.


“As we celebrate the Camphill movement’s 80-year legacy of compassion and inclusion, our Board of Directors is pleased to award so many 2020 grants focused on extending Camphill’s impact far into the future,” said Karen Murphy, Executive Director of Camphill Foundation. “We are deeply grateful to our donors and supporters, whose generosity makes this important work possible.”

Since 1966, Camphill Foundation has provided more than $10 million in strategic grants and low-interest loans to Camphill communities. Camphill Foundation’s grantmaking program is funded by donor appeals, as well as the Camphill Foundation Annual Gala.

Camphill Foundation accepts grant requests from existing Camphill communities and affiliates. Priority is given to Camphill organizations in North America, though special consideration is afforded to communities in high-need areas of the world. Click here for details about Camphill Foundation’s grantmaking program.

About Camphill Foundation

Founded in 1966 to support two fledgling Camphill communities in New York and Pennsylvania, Camphill Foundation has grown dramatically over the past six decades. Today, its mission is to grow, strengthen, and safeguard the Camphill movement at 15 Camphill communities and affiliates in the United States and Canada. Camphill Foundation accomplishes this mission through strategic grants and low-interest loans that help grow and sustain the Camphill movement. Visit for more information.

About the Camphill Movement   

Camphill is a worldwide movement of vibrant lifesharing communities that provide a unique model of care for persons with special needs. The Camphill movement draws inspiration from the principles of anthroposophy. In valuing the profound significance of each human being, practicing the art of daily living, and emphasizing mindfulness of man’s responsibility to the earth, the Camphill movement offers a model of renewal for the wider society. Learn more about the Camphill movement and Camphill communities in North America at the Camphill Association of North America’s website at

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