Citizen Diplomacy Network

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Utopia Foundation, Inc.

Active Areas:

Culture & Arts, Development, Educational Exchange, Higher Education, International Visitors, K-12 Education, Tourism & Sports, Volunteer Service, Employing people with disabilities

Age Groups:

Children (12 years & under), Teens (13 – 17 years), Young Adults (18 – 24 years), Adults, Seniors, Families, Groups

Countries Served:

USA, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa


111 Cass Street,
Traverse City, MI 49684, USA


Phone: 231-995-7968
[email protected]

The Utopia Foundation is a global non-profit organization under section 501 (3) (c), whose mission is to help create a world where communities thrive and every child goes to bed feeling nourished, loved, happy and hopeful about tomorrow. The Foundation’s initiatives include Utopia Gifts, Utopia Volunteers, Microenterprise, Early Childhood Development, Rapid Crisis Response, Social enterprise and TEDX.  Utopia Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for people to express their good intentions in local and international communities. Utopia Foundation invests in Champions that have the desire to create or are part of resilient projects that create sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of those in need.

Utopia Foundation’s approach is pragmatic, creative, and entrepreneurial.  The Foundation seeks opportunities to implement their mission, targeting their effort and resources toward organizations that recognize the responsibility of attending to the needs of the current generation, while enhancing the opportunities for future generations.  Utopia Foundation asks partners to be mindful of the economic, human, short and long-term, social and environmental impact of our initiatives. Utopia Foundation supports the process of evaluation in each step of the program cycle ensuring the intended impact is achieved. Utopia Foundation looks for an exit strategy in all programs so that harm is not done in creating dependency, a victim mentality, or a bureaucratic mess. Utopia programs are mindfully designed to be resilient and sustainable.  Our emphasis while focusing on the “work at hand” is to collaborate with good, honest, committed, compassionate, hard working, happy people who exhibit virtue and ethical behavior in their implementation process.

  • Utopia Foundation’s mission is to help create a world where communities thrive and every child goes to bed feeling nourished, loved, happy and hopeful about tomorrow.

    Goal: Provide the opportunity for others to create solutions that contribute toward a more equitable world for us all.

    Impact: Utopia Foundation will help provide opportunities to build a world, based on virtue and ethical behavior, where every person goes to bed feeling full, loved and cared for, happy and optimistic about a tomorrow.

    Why: To be and to create the positive change we hope to see in the world.

  • The Utopia Foundation forms working partnerships, and collaborates with individuals, communities, businesses and non-profit organizations to develop and implement global initiatives that align with our mission.

  • Founded in 2007 by Paul Sutherland, President of Financial & Investment Management Group, Ltd – Traverse City, Michigan.