Who is thinking about America?
An American Democracy Project
America is at a crossroads. We live in a time of fierce debate about different visions for our country. As a nation we have been historically adept at reimagining and reinventing ourselves. We must do it once more. Yet there is much today that is unprecedented. We must therefore engage in new and creative strategies to meet our challenges. With this in mind, Linley Foundation is sponsoring “The America I Want Is…” program—an ambitious social media initiative to invite Americans to listen to one another as a prelude to a national conversation about the country we want to be.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)
A word from Linley Foundation President David Adams
The dialogue continues...
Howard B. Dean
American physician, author, consultant and former Governor of Vermont
Laurie L. Patton
President, Middlebury College - Vermont
General Anthony Zinni
Fmr. US. Marine Corps and Fmr. Commander in Chief of the US.Central Command (CENTCOM)
Linley Foundation began over 15 years ago by sponsoring educational programs in northeast Brazil. Projects included emergency housing, school infrastructure improvements, collaboration on a new health clinic, and a scholarship program for young adults to prepare them for the workplace. We also completed a number of animal rights projects. Our goals were to improve the lives of the animals themselves, but also as a way to teach children and their communities the importance of extending their personal circle of compassion to other sentient creatures.
Scholarship for Young Adults and Women
Looking Forward is a program that identifies people with dreams far beyond their means and circumstances. The program was designed is to assist them in achieving their ambitions through further education and technical training.
2015 / 2020
Linley Foundation worked with Erle Schal Amorim and Community Leader Rejane Lourenco de Oliveira to fund the purchase of land and construction of a medical clinic in the Barra de Mamanguape, Paraiba, Brazil. The enterprise galvanized the village with people volunteering their time and skills to help in the clinic’s construction. The village now has a permanent and functioning health clinic.
Linley sponsored and funded school improvement projects to raise the quality of rural schools to the same level, or better, than their urban counterparts.
2017 / 2019
Many families lost their houses in the 2008 flood in Rio Tinto, Brazil. Linley Foundation underwrote the rebuilding of their houses with donations from Brazil and the USA.
Linley Foundation participated in the funding of an animal sanctuary in Rio Tinto, Paraiba. The “jegue”or donkey, which has been for centuries the common means of transportation, has become superfluous. Motorcycles have taken their place. The result is that these animals have been cut loose in huge numbers to fend for themselves.Thousands were struggling to survive. The sanctuary was a place to care for the surplus animals.
2007 / 2015
Expanding the Circle of Compassion
Linley Foundation supported a six month program with children and horses in January, 2006 in the Barra de Mamanguape, Paraiba, Brazil. Through awareness and care of abused horses, the children extended the practice of the Golden Rule to other sentient creatures. The program also offered workshops for the children to practice reading and writing. Collectively they wrote a book about the difficult life of one horse entitled "How I Became Espelho."