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Spiritual Civilization &
Funders of Mindfulness and Spirituality Community


Spiritual Civilization Group
In 2012, members of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) self-convened around the notion that more should be done to increase consciousness, or awareness, in society of the ideals that drive members of society to help each other and work towards the greater good. The ideals of love, compassion, purpose, altruism, ethics and creativity were named as core to this and their own work, and the question was raised as to whether these ideals could be promoted more broadly to create what they term spiritual civilization.

Through this initiative, Synergos supports philanthropists in order to:

  • nurture practices that increase their own spiritual consciousness and recognize the source and importance of the ideals of faith, love, compassion, altruism, purpose, ethics and creativity that personally guide and inspire them to help others;
  • more consciously link these values and practices to their philanthropic work; and
  • create philanthropic programs that aim to increase consciousness of the value and importance of the ideals of spiritual civilization within the broader society.

Funders of Mindfulness and Spirituality Community
The Funders of Mindfulness and Spirituality is a Synergos collaborative community that emerged from the Spiritual Civilization group. The intent is to create a more inclusive, global community of funders working to shape a movement to shift consciousness and accelerate impact. Members are funders and investors supporting mindfulness, consciousness, mind science, wellness, spirituality, and/or faith from around the world. Activities online and in-person are designed to promote the sharing of projects and learnings, explore and support collaborations, and provide a space for members to engage in contemplative and reflective practices. For more information.

25 March 2021 - Community Building Meeting was held. Review highlights

These projects are made possible through the support of grants from the John Templeton Foundation, Lunt Foundation and the Fetzer Institute. The opinions expressed in the project publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Cultivate the Soul Podcast


Wisdom Square


One Min Wisdom Part 1

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Presence in Chaos with Peggy Dulany & Marilia Bezerra

How to Ignite Secular Spirituality with Marcelo Gleiser

Making Death an Ally for Living Our Fullest Life with David Less

Moving Beyond Empathy to Compassion with Barry Kerzin

Energy Healing with Jeff Walker, Jason Yotopoulos & Lorenzo Cohen

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Resilience & Wellbeing for Effective Social Change with Gretchen Steidle

Making Death an Ally for Living Our Fullest Life Series with David Less

Rx Healing Circles with Dr. Gail Christopher

Awakening Experiences: Spiritual Transformation in Everyday Life

Awakening & Beyond: Perspective of Great Completion Meditation

Consciousness: A Scientific Perspective

With A Little Help...All About Psychedelics

Funders Gathering: A Meditation with Zvi Ish-Shalom

A Conversation with Michael Pollan



Personal stories are key in our members’ sense of self and mission. Key life experiences create shifts in awareness, leading members to the work they do now. Sharing these experiences is critical for understanding how spiritual practices can be strategically leveraged on a personal and professional level.

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Several practices help enable the ideals of Spiritual Civilization. They are centered around mental and emotional practices such as meditation and yoga, and more physical activities like dancing and walking. As a general theme, the purpose of these practices is to enable inner growth, which also empowers respondents to work externally with others. However, the foundational focus is on developing first on an individual level, and then to working and engaging with others.

Discussion at GPC Spiritual Civilization Meeting in 2015


Guiding values are key to the work that members do, and to their own sense of personal purpose and journeys. In 2015, 15 philanthropists in the Spiritual Civilization group were interviewed regarding their personal values and practices. In particular, love is a powerful value and driving influence.


Members of the Spiritual Civilization group lead a variety of philanthropic initiatives, ranging from volunteerism to mindfulness and meditation. Read more on some of the initiatives that members are involved in.

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Materials related to Spiritual Civilization work by our members, friends and experts in the field.