Hampshire Foundation was started by several families deeply interested in furthering their philanthropic goals. They do this through three distinct funding initiatives.

Our flagship initiative, Peru Opportunity Fund, seeks to improve the livelihoods of farmers in rural Peru. It focuses exclusively on sustainable agriculture. The team in Perú places loans with social enterprises and financial institutions along with well-placed grants to improve technical know-how. 

Hampshire Foundation also is actively involved in financing a sustainable future through the Smart Seed Fund. We work collaboratively with like-minded funders, government agencies, impact investors and non-profits to encourage adoption of smart practices and policies and funding. 

Hampshire Foundation's third initiative, Global Impact Fund, focuses on impact investing & grantmaking with global scale as its key objective. 

Hampshire Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

Board of Directors

One of the founding members of Hampshire Foundation. Preservation of land and natural setting has been an ongoing interest. In recent years, she became involved with The Kestel Trust, which focuses on land conservation and stewardship near her home in Amherst, MA. She has provided funding for protection of open land and maintenance of hiking trails. She also intends for the trust to inherit her extensive property to further its conservation goals. 

Sabina is a graduate of Smith College and earned a MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Massachusetts. She has written two books on the history of 19th century Peru, Gildemeister- Chronik (1991) and Konsul Juan Gildemeister (2011) that detail the life and times of her ancestors. 

Sabina Cournoyer


Nicholas Cournoyer

Spent the majority of his early career with The Chase Manhattan Bank. After completing the bank's credit training program. Nick worked in the sovereign and corporate debt restructuring teams in Central and South America (1982-1985). In 1985, Nick established its New York-based emerging markets debt trading group, and from 1986-1991, he headed a similar operation in London. 

Nick founded Montpelier Asset Management to focus on investments in emerging markets debt, such as Latin America in the 1980's, Russia, and Indonesia in the 1990's and, in recent years, the Middle East and China. Montpelier currently has over US$1 billion in assets under management and focuses on both distressed debt and equity investments in emerging markets. 

Nick brings a keen financial expertise and analytic eye to Hampshire Foundation's philanthropic funding. He is a graduate of Connecticut College with major in history. 


Sabina Shelby

As a founding member of Hampshire Foundation, Sabina has managed the foundation's growth from the time of its inception in 2000. Sabina has a passion for conservation and brings this passion to both her work in sustainable agriculture and climate change. 


Sabina was formally vice president of AE software, focusing on technology in the hospitality industry. 


Sabina has lived extensively abroad and speaks Spanish, German, and Russian. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a BA in Government. 


Agathe oversees the board's strategy in Peru. She brings strong quantitative analysis to the foundation's due diligence and decision making processes. Agathe currently works at Montpelier Foundation (UK). Her work at Montpelier has developed her ability to analyze investments
both for their social impact and their potential for financial sustainability and growth.


Agathe received her Master's degree at the London School of Economics and received her undergraduate degrees in Business in both France and Spain. Agathe is fluent in her native French,
as well as Spanish and English.

Agathe Bourgon



Hartford Office 

151 New Park Ave, Ste. 7 

Hartford, CT 06016

Phone: 860.236.5751


Peru Office 

Calle las Gaviotas 122, Oficina 304

Surquillo, Lima, Perú

Teléfono: +511.4219627

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