The Gosling Foundation works to make the most of its disbursements through strategic expenditures. In directing its resources the Foundation looks to mobilize, inspire and support organizations, programs and projects that are consistent with one or more of the following values and principles:
Use of effective learning methodology in formal or non-formal learning including: direct experiences with nature, a neighbourhood focus reducing the need for busing, projects that engage youth with community partners, projects that contribute to the ecological well-being of the community, integration of subjects such as the arts, or support youth leadership.
Enhance capacity and leverage the Foundation's support by expanding an organization’s base of support through business initiatives that generate income, expanding engagement of membership, volunteerism, and other means. The Foundation is generally not open to supporting ongoing operating or infrastructure costs.
Pilot projects and practices that have potential for broad applicability.
Create partnerships through collaboration around specific projects and challenges, linking when appropriate non-traditional sectors and players so that organizations do together more than they can do on their own.