The Sullivan Ballou Fund gives $1000 awards to celebrate and affirm people acting from the heart. They provide compassion, services, or advocacy to their local communities, the poor, homeless, children, victims of violence and mistreatment or the disabled. Some give of themselves to those around them through their art, their music, their words, or their presence.
Sullivan Ballou died in the Civil War. He left behind a letter to his wife that perfectly expresses both the kind of soulful commitment to others and the pure joy of being alive that reflect our highest nature. This is the energy that will heal the world. And it can be seen all around us.