Established in 1999, TTSL is a private grant-making foundation that began with funding nonprofit initiatives in conservation, arts and culture, education, and emerging ideas and technology. Today, TTSL also develops its own unique initiative.
In a relatively short period of time, TTSL has supported a wide range of programs, including the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Bhutan Foundation, and the World Wildlife Fund. In 2009, TTSL made a founding contribution to the New York University Game Center.
In light of the diversity of TTSL’s interests, and with the goal of result-oriented grantmaking, Managing Trustee Sharon Chang has begun to refine the mission and the approach. By avoiding traditional, single source contribution to distinct causes, TTSL aims to operate at a system level, pursuing projects that connect like-minded individuals to make greater social impact through combined resources. Sharon’s vision is to create a platform that enables many people to contribute to a shared purpose.
To that end, TTSL’s current focus has shifted to program development. Its first significant initiative is Yoxi, a media organization that discovers and elevates social entrepreneurs by leveraging their expertise for shared value business opportunities. Yoxi supports and creates “Social Innovation Rockstars” (SIRs) by developing compelling content that connects key stakeholders to drive social change, while generating broad appeal and deep engagement to define the pop culture of social innovation.
Since 2006, TTSL has retained Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors to provide and counsel on strategic planning, grant making and operations. Today, the foundation continues to look at funding opportunities that connect the community at large with vanguard initiatives in the nonprofit world.
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