Types of Information Available
Periodically, we have a Roundtable Discussion that focuses on a particular issue. We invite 6-10 individuals who have experience in some way with the topic and invite them to participate in a 3-hour dialogue. We hear about their organizations and then we open it up to a broader discussion: what are the obstacles, what are the issues, where are we going as a community, how can we help? It was from similar discussions that Foundation initiatives have been developed.
View All Roundtable Discussions
Each grant application pertains to at least one of our charitable areas. Based upon our Roundtable Discussions we know that each area, whether social services, the arts, or the environment, is complex. In order to understand and appreciate the significance of the request, we prepare a Research Brief on the area addressed by the proposal. The Research Brief allows staff and Distribution Committee members to understand the grant request within a context that focuses on local statistics and information as well as national trends.
View All Research Briefs
When we undertake an important initiative such as Precious Minds, New Connections it is important that every staff member become knowledgeable. In order to accomplish this we initiated book reviews in spring, 2001. We tried a variety of approaches, but only one approach generated discussion and involved all of us equally. Each staff member reads one chapter and presents the content to the rest of the staff. We typically have 3-4 chapters presented at any one session. Each presenter creates no more than four powerpoint slides to represent their chapter. The powerpoint slides that were developed as a result of this process are available to you. In addition, we will post bibliographies as they are developed.
View All Book Reviews
On occasion we collect primary data and compile it. The results of these efforts are available as PowerPoint presentations.
View All Studies/Surveys