Our Impact

Learning instead of proving

At Roots & Wings, we think about impact a little differently. Because we value our partners’ time, we don’t ask them to complete lengthy evaluations just for us. Instead, to understand how our partners think about their impact, we look at the information they are already sharing through their websites, annual reports, and updates. We also invest our time in relationship building, so that we can get familiar with their challenges, successes and opportunities.

We value our partners, their programs, and their people, so a big part of our work is to learn alongside the organizations we support. We see our impact in terms of how well we respond to our partners and how well our grantmaking practices align with trust-based philanthropy.

Our grant making by geography

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Roots & Wings makes grants nationally, with a particular focus on Wisconsin, Washington, and Oregon, where the Faulkners and their family reside. This interactive map shows where our partners are making a difference.

Our grantmaking totals

The work of Roots & Wings began in 2019, but we are scaling fast and growing quickly as we work to meet the needs of children and families throughout Wisconsin and across the nation. In our first four years of operation, Roots & Wings made more than $135 million in grants to hundreds of partner organizations across our four priority areas of basic needs, early learning, health, safety & justice.

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Learn about our current grantee partners

RISE Wisconsin

Advancing the wellness of children, individuals, and families by providing early childhood and mental health services to help community and family thrive.

More about Roots & Wings

Learn more about how we’re having an impact by viewing our impact page, learn about our program areas, or read about who we are.