Mission:  To support rural Nicaraguan families in reaching a standard of living of their choosing in the context of a globalizing world.

We work in four rural communities, with operation centered in Palo Solo, 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. and Nicaragua.

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. The goal is to create education opportunities, directly serving rural communities in Nicaragua and spurring future development efforts, beyond our immediate communities.



The Lone Tree Institute is entirely funded by generous individuals. All donations are invested directly and immediately in staff compensation, upkeep of the library building, curating its book collection, financing educational programs, and covering 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.