The Sequoia Seminars Foundation: Mission & Awards
The mission of the Sequoia Seminars Foundation is to help create the Beloved Community by supporting people who are taking creative action.
We are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"I do not think of political power as an end. Neither do I think of economic power as an end. They are ingredients in the objective that we seek in life. And I think that end or that objective is a truly brotherly-sisterly society, the creation of the beloved community."
To enact this mission, the Sequoia Seminars Foundation offers retreat-seminars, makes modest grants to changemakers, and gives out awards.
Giant Sequoia Award: Standing Tall Among the Giants:
•Given yearly to the person in the Bay Area, who like the Sequoia, “stands tall among the giants”, and have used their passion and energy to create a more just world.
•a plaque, 2 nights personal retreat to rejuvenate at Casa de Sequoia, and an invitation to share their ideas at “Big Thoughts Seminar”.
Sequoia Sempervirens Award:
•Given yearly to five young adults (under 30 years old) in the Bay Area, who like the Sequoia, “stands tall among the giants”, and are using their passion and energy to create a more just world.
•a plaque, and an invite to speak at the “Big Thoughts Seminar”.
Sequoia Scholar Award:
Given to Students who are making personal or social change.
We host seminar-retreats on the topics of personal growth and social change. The annual gathering invites nonprofit, government and business leaders to reflect at the “Big Thoughts Seminar”.
We co-host seminars with other foundations that align with our mission. We offer retreat space to nonprofits to host their own seminars.