- Assets: $94,123 (2010)
- Grants Received: $187,713 (2010)
- Grants Paid: $62,700 (2010)
See also: Peace & Security Funders Group
The Saga Foundation (SF) was established by the entrepreneur/social change agent/philanthropist William P. Laughlin, co-founder of the Saga Corporation, a food and restaurant company.
Lamenting the widespread “availability of the most lethal weapons mankind has ever known,” SF seeks “to inform, motivate and engage the world about the [potentially] catastrophic consequences of unsecured nuclear materials”—including portable nuclear weapons (a.k.a. Improvised Nuclear Devices). To address these concerns, the Foundation pursues the following priorities:
- “Create and publish materials that raise awareness.”
- “Work with all forms of media to educate and inspire the public to take positive action.”
- “Connect ideas amongst experts and organizations concerned about nuclear security.”
- “Activate a new generation of leaders committed to transforming awareness into action.”
At a November 2007 “Net Impact Conference” in Nashville, Tennessee, SF hosted a panel discussion titled “Can Business Literally Save The World? The Private Sector’s Role In Averting Nuclear Terrorism.” This event dealt chiefly with the issue of potential terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
From December 2007 to February 2008, SF organized the “Saga Challenge,” a competition whereby contestants from around the world produced their own short films to address the issues of nuclear terrorism and disarmament.
The winning video, titled The Nuclear Age, can be viewed here.
In January 2008, SF collaborated with the Maslansky, Luntz & Partners Group to release the findings of a survey titled “The Language of Nuclear Terrorism,” which found that “a successful attack on U.S. soil is America’s worst fear.”
On its website, SF urges readers to “learn more on nuclear issues” by consulting such “Suggested Sources” as the Arms Control Association, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Foundation also endorses the work of the Ploughshares Fund, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Saga Foundation, click here.
SF is a member of the Peace and Security Funders Group, an association of foundations, charitable trusts, and individual philanthropists who “make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security.”
David Bartoshuk, who founded the investment advisory firm Summit Asset Management in 1991, has been the president of SF since mid-2006.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)