At Galvan Initiatives, we believe that advancing the common good requires strong advocates, vibrant communities, and cultural expressions that foster civic responsibility and action.

About Us


alvan combines the shared philanthropic and professional work of founders T. Eric Galloway and the late Henry van Ameringen,  a groundbreaking advocate for LGBTQ equality, Drug Policy Reform, HIV/AIDS education treatment, and Mental Health awareness and services, among other causes.  Mr. van Ameringen is widely known as a mentor to many who follow in his footsteps.

Galvan’s work honors the values central to our founders’ activism for a just and equal society.

Our mission:
To advance the Common Good by supporting strong advocates, vibrant communities, and cultural expressions that foster civic action.

What We Do

We are advocates, developers, creators, and funders building the Common Good through three core programs:


We support organizations that advocate for social justice and the protection of fundamental rights. We provide funding to those fighting for the Common Good locally, nationally, and worldwide. In addition, we provide resources to groups and individuals so they can better hold governmental bodies accountable. We believe true democracy depends on strong advocacy organizations and individuals who can stand up for human rights and dignity.


We invest in communities that support democracy in pursuit of the Common Good. For example, we build mixed-income housing and spaces for education and childcare programs, entrepreneurs, and community spaces for arts and culture.  We believe the Common Good depends on our ability to live and grow together as neighbors in vibrant communities.


We support artistic and cultural expressions that highlight pressing social issues by providing engaging experiences that inspire individual and civic action. The program supports individuals and organizations whose work advances the Common Good.

GRANTMAKING: We identify and support organizations that further our mission by advancing the goals of our HVA Advocacy Fund, Community Development, and Public Forum programs.

Galvan continues to fund many organizations historically supported by the H. van Ameringen Foundation.