Ideas that Matter

Our Ideas that Matter grant empowers great ideas—changing lives, communities and, ultimately, the world.

For over 20 years, Ideas that Matter has been supporting the brilliant ideas that make a difference. This year, brilliant ideas take on a new meaning.

The rise of COVID-19 and social justice efforts have greatly affected the needs and actions of communities, and we’re here to help. We acknowledge this shift in urgency, as well as the continuing need for our program, so we are in the process of modifying Ideas that Matter to support nonprofits in the wake of this pandemic and continued social movement.

Stay safe, stay creative, and stay tuned for more!

For over 20 years, Ideas that Matter has been supporting the brilliant ideas that make a difference. This year, brilliant ideas take on a new meaning.

The rise of COVID-19 and social justice efforts have greatly affected the needs and actions of communities, and we’re here to help. We acknowledge this shift in urgency, as well as the continuing need for our program, so we are in the process of modifying Ideas that Matter to support nonprofits in the wake of this pandemic and continued social movement.

Stay safe, stay creative, and stay tuned for more!

Uplifting stories from Ideas that Matter

We’re not surprised that our ITM winners immediately contributed to the Black Lives Matter movement and took action to mitigate the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out these inspiring stories that will bring you some encouraging news and positivity.

Explore the stories

Uplifting stories from Ideas that Matter

We’re not surprised that our ITM winners immediately contributed to the Black Lives Matter movement and took action to mitigate the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out these inspiring stories that will bring you some encouraging news and positivity.

Explore the stories

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re shifting the nature and timing of Ideas that Matter. Click through to learn more.

Learn how past ITM winners are taking action during the COVID-19 pandemic and standing up for positive change.

See past grant winners and their winning projects in Sappi's Ideas that Matter program.

See who won a 2019 Ideas that Matter grant.

Meet our judges for the 2019 Ideas that Matter program.

Thank you to all those who have participated over the years with an aim to make a difference.