Mission:  To support the effort’s of families in rural Nicaragua to reach a standard of living of their choosing, in the context of a globalizing world. We work in four rural communities in the municipality of La Concepcion, located in southern Nicaragua.

Lone Tree Institute is a  501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in both Massachusetts, U.S.A. and Nicaragua. It primarily works in and around Palo Solo, Nicaragua (see the map, at right).

Getting started

The Lone Tree Institute and its community library commemorate the life of Richard Gladstone. The Institute is a continuation of the Gladstone Fund, which was created by Kathleen and Richard Gladstone in 1998 to provide relief for rural families in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, a category 5 storm.

(Click to Enlarge) The founder: Richard Gladstone’s photo hangs in the library founded in his honor in Palo Solo, Nicaragua.

Present Day

In recognition of Richard Gladstone’s commitment to Nicaragua, which he frequently visited, and to reading and education, the Fund officially became the Institute, represented by a community library and its programs. Their goal is to create education opportunities by directly serving rural communities in Nicaragua and serving as a model and inspiration for future development efforts beyond its immediate communities.



The Lone Tree Institute is funded entirely by generous individuals. All donations are invested directly in staff, the library building, its book collection, educational programs, and the library’s day-to-day operating expenses. As a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions are tax-deductible.

Board of Directors

The seven current directors include members of the Gladstone family; Nicaraguan citizens committed to sustainable development in their country; and professionals, who contribute their expertise.