History of The Awesome Foundation

Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, The Awesome Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.

The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.

Since its humble beginnings, many Awesome Foundation chapters have sprung up globally to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond.

We’re still waiting for something with dinosaurs (hint, hint)

Awesome Foundation - Calgary

Awesome Calgary was literally founded on Bow Trail in the midst of West LRT construction on a freakin' cold last day of January 2011.  I was listening to CBC radio and Matt Galloway was chatting with Matt Thompson about AwesomeTO and I slammed the brakes on (ok, I was actually stopped in traffic so it's not as dramatic as it sounds), went home and contacted Tim Hwang (@Awesomefound) founder and got things rolling.   What a way to end the January blahs!


Contact Us

Submissions: send your submission here
Media Contact:
Reg Tiangha - reg@awesomecalgary.org or
Lori Stewart - lori19stewart@gmail.com
Pitch n'Party Planning:
Sue McMaster - sue@awesomecalgary.org