Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker, Bohemian Foundation takes its name and inspiration from the bohemian movement of 19th century Europe.
Our four program areas are Community, Music, Global, and Civic. In each of these areas, we work to empower citizens and impact communities through our grantmaking, Foundation-directed programs, and events. Pat Stryker, Joe Zimlich, and Cheryl Zimlich serve as our board of directors.
Community Programs’ activities include responsive grantmaking through Pharos Fund and the Community Event Fund. Our responsive grantmaking programs offer nonprofits opportunities to submit funding requests through an application process.
We also fund special initiatives, which are Foundation-directed grants, programs, or events that target specific Community Programs goals. We look for opportunities to meet a community need, address an important gap, or leverage resources. Through special initiatives we cultivate programs and collaborate with organizations whose efforts are aligned with our goals. Unsolicited proposals for special initiatives are not accepted by Community Programs.
Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs builds connections by providing music-related resources for enjoyment, personal expression, and the development and improvement of music-related talent.
Music Programs also funds special initiatives, which are Foundation-directed grants, programs, or events. Through special initiatives we cultivate programs and collaborate with organizations whose efforts are aligned with Music Programs goals. Unsolicited proposals for special initiatives are not accepted by Music Programs.
Global Programs funds organizations and entrepreneurs around the world that are dedicated to making a significant impact and are on the path to a sustainable and scalable business model.
In addition to funding organizations that work on the ground to directly address these focus areas, we also work with organizations that help to educate, mentor, and fund the next generation of entrepreneurs interested in making a positive difference globally.
Bohemian Foundation collaborates with like-minded foundations and philanthropists to identify and support grantees that have the potential to achieve significant impact. This network includes Big Bang Philanthropy and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
Bohemian Foundation's Global Programs does not accept unsolicited proposals.
In the words of Aristotle, “If liberty and equality……are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.”
The Foundation is home to a collegial team of professionals who are passionate about making a difference. Bohemian Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.