Purpose:  Support families in rural Nicaragua in their effort of reaching 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 in southern Nicaragua.

The Lone Tree Institute is a  501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in both Massachusetts, U.S.A. and Nicaragua. It 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 infrastructure relief to 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.

Going forward

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



The Lone Tree Institute is funded entirely by generous individuals. All donations are invested directly and immediately 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.