…to foster a deeper appreciation of life’s values and meaning beyond the material and intellectual.
The Foundation’s concept of spirituality is distilled from the characteristics of its founders, David and Lynn Angell, a compassionate and loving couple who graciously cared for and supported people who crossed their paths. It is often said that, “We are not human beings in search of a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.” At its core, this quote refers to the fact that we are not bodies separate from our souls, norpeople whose minds are disconnected from matters of the heart. All life is interconnected and interdependent. However, many people go their entire lives without integrating their inner and outer selves.
The Angell Foundation’s spirituality funding is about tending to the whole, supporting people in their quest for inner growth and self-transformation, and nurturing their relationships with themselves, God and others. We believe spirituality can enhance one’s life in a multitude of ways - socially, emotionally, personally and professionally - and have a transformative effect in the workplace and elsewhere. We fund programs that enrich the spiritual lives of individuals, organizations and communities, helping them to develop and operate from a deep-seated sense of grace and compassion.
The Foundation’s spirituality focus area includes three areas of funding:
Continuation of Good Works in organizations for whom spirituality is a primary and visible part of their mission, mandate and activities. The work of these groups embodies what the Foundation has identified as six interrelated aspects of spirituality: self-awareness, transcendence, compassion, interconnectedness, gratitude, and service.
Organizational Spirituality in organizations for which spirituality may not be a central focus of the mission but which could benefit from an increased awareness and integration of spiritual attributes within their internal environments and external activities.
Community Spirituality cultivating a sense of spirituality in diverse communities. This phase of the Foundation's spirituality initiative is still in the planning stages.