introducing the inaugural stanley creators fund grantees

At Stanley, we believe in the Creators, Builders and Inventors who bring optimism for a better future through their work. Ever since William Stanley, Jr. invented the first all-steel vacuum bottle more than 110 years ago, we continue to be inspired by the spirit of innovation to transform our communities.

Today, Stanley is investing in a new generation of Creators who are developing bold ideas to solve some of our communities’ deepest challenges. With inaugural grants of $50,000 to each organization, Stanley Creators Fund is proud to amplify the voices of these creative leaders who are showing up every day for their communities.

Wawa gatheru, Founder and executive director

Black Girl Environmentalist 

Based in Washington DC, Black Girl Environmentalist is empowering emerging climate leaders of color and is committed to supporting Black girls, women, and gender-expansive people to realize their full potential in climate leadership.
CJ Goulding, Co-Founder

Boyz N The Wood

Based in Teaneck NJ, Boyz N The Wood uses the outdoors to help Black men restore and reignite the best versions of themselves, building brotherhood, fortifying mental well-being and engaging their personal development.
Amber Martinsen-Blake, Founder and CEO

Catalyst For Change 

Based in Big Timber MT, Catalyst for Change’s mission is to turn the tide on Montana’s mental health crisis and reduce deaths by suicide through integrated community-based care pathways with individuals at the center.
Lauren Click, Founder and Executive Director

Let’s Go Compost 

Based in Phoenix AZ, Let’s Go Compost’s mission is to revolutionize waste management, reduce landfill waste, and combat harmful greenhouse gas emissions by making composting free and accessible to everyone throughout the United States, irrespective of location or income.
Matt Simon, New Leaf Agriculture Director

Multicultural Refugee Coalition 

Based in Austin TX, Multicultural Refugee Coalition employs refugees, immigrants, and asylees in fair-wage, dignified work at the intersection of the traditional, respected skills of sewing and farming that refugees bring and a growing market for local food and textile production.


Designed to support a wide variety of causes and challenges such as climate change, food security, housing security, and equity and justice, Stanley Creators Fund is an opportunity to be inspired by the Creators around the world who understand the nuances and complexities of solving these challenges. And we believe defining our global communities’ challenges is best left to the leaders who roll up their sleeves every day in their local communities. Our grant recipients represent the communities they serve and work at the intersection of humanity, sustainability and possibility.

Check back in Fall 2024 for the next opportunity to apply!