In 1965, Paolo Soleri (1919-2013) and his wife Colly (1925-1982) incorporated the Cosanti Foundation, a not-for-profit educational organization devoted to the support of Soleri's noted architectural and urban planning research. Today, the primary areas of the Foundation's work are:
- Educating students, design professionals, urban planners, and the general public about Soleri's architectural concepts and philosophy.
- Ensuring the continuing construction of Arcosanti, according to the Arcology concept. This has been the main ongoing project of the Cosanti Foundation since 1970.
- Hosting educational and cultural conferences, as well as performing arts events, on a regular basis.