In 1977, the 50th Anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh's epic New York-to-Paris flight, friends of the Lindberghs at The Explorers Club in New York City conceived the idea and General James H. Doolittle and Astronaut Neil Armstrong led a national campaign that resulted in the establishment of The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. Their intent was to honor the Lindberghs' pioneering contributions in aviation, exploration, conservation, sciences, and the humanities. Knowing the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the technological advancements they helped pioneer, and the preservation of the human and natural environments they cherished, it was decided that this balance vision would become the cornerstone of the Foundation's programs. Ever since, the Foundation has strived to carry on the concept of balance, which was at the heart of the Lindberghs' philosophy for a lifetime, through the Lindbergh Grants Program, the Lindbergh Award, and other educational programs and publications.
Each year, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation presents Lindbergh Grants for research and educational projects, which will improve the quality of life through a balance between technology and nature. Awarded in amounts up to $10,580 each (a symbolic figure representing the cost of the "Spirit of St. Louis" in 1927), the Grants are made in numerous areas of special interest to the Lindberghs, including agriculture; aviation/aerospace; conservation of natural resources - including animals, plants, water, and general conservation (land, air, energy, etc.); education - including humanities/education, the arts, and intercultural communication; exploration; health - including biomedical research, health and population sciences, and adaptive technology; and waste minimization and management. A Jonathan Lindbergh Brown Grant may be given to a project to support adaptive technology or biomedical research, which seeks to redress imbalance between an individual and his or her human environment. Each year since 1978, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation has presented its honorary Lindbergh Award to people whose work has made significant contributions toward the balance between technology and nature. Those who support the Foundation's mission gather once a year at an event where the award recipient(s) is the featured speaker. The occasion serves as an opportunity to honor the award recipient, communicate a common vision and inspire those in attendance. The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation also sponsor other educational and motivational efforts designed to honor the Lindberghs and advance their vision of balance. Included are symposiums and publications.