Igniting the Spark: Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Posted on June 20, 2013 by Youth Philanthropy Connect

As a way to support the voice of youth in the community and engage donors, the Great Worcester Community Foundation adopted the Youth for Community Involvement (YCI) Program in 1999. YCI provides an opportunity for youth from schools across the area to build skills in leadership and philanthropy. The foundation set up a youth endowment to support the program and… Read More

The Harry G. and Charlotte H. Slater Family Fund: Supporting Start Ups and New Approaches to Aging

Posted on March 11, 2011 by Jason Born

Since its establishment in 1995, The Harry G. and Charlotte H. Slater Family Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has used small grants and the personal passion of its family advisors to play a catalytic role in support of a broad spectrum of start-up programs focused on aging, end-of-life and palliative care. “My father, Harry G. Slater, an attorney, served… Read More

Supporting Start Ups and New Approaches to Aging

Posted on March 2, 2011

“ ‘Aging’ really touches everything,” Slater Johnston says. “No matter what your foundation’s focus is, you can find a way to incorporate funding programs for older adults into your grantmaking… Read More

A donor’s passion leads to the foundation’s mission

Posted on March 2, 2011

“When we started the foundation in the early ‘90s, it was clear to us that a principal thing we wanted to do was to continue her work in the field of aging and specifically her work with patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Those were very clear paths for us – one of the first areas of interest at the foundation,”… Read More

The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation: Positive Aging

Posted on March 1, 2011 by Jason Born

The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation was created in 1997 in memory of John E. Andrus to enhance the Andrus family’s longstanding commitment to Westchester County, New York. The Benedict Foundationʼs mission is to create aging-friendly neighborhoods and actively engage older people in their communities, with special attention to the City of Yonkers in Westchester County, New York… Read More

Truth in Numbers: Following the data to serve at-risk children

Posted on August 15, 2010 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

The Wright Family Foundation is committed to diverse educational initiatives that provide intervention, support and enrichment programs for at-risk children to realize their full potential. The foundation’s board and staff believe that opportunity is critical to success and that there should be equality of opportunity in education for every student. Recently, the foundation’s board established a goal that all children… Read More

Right Place, Right Time: Partnering beyond borders for long-term impact

Posted on April 15, 2010

When Karen and Jim Ansara contacted the Boston Foundation on January 14, 2010 to talk about how their family’s donor advised fund could best respond to the earthquakes in Haiti – which had happened less than 48 hours before – they were continuing both a longstanding commitment to international philanthropy, as well as a more recent commitment to Haiti in… Read More

Learning from a Flop: One foundation’s plan for embracing the next generation

Posted on August 15, 2009 by Rebecca Zimmerman

Lorre Polinger and her siblings are facing a common challenge in family foundations: how to engage their combined nine children in the family’s philanthropy. Founded in 1968 by their parents, Geraldine and the late Howard Polinger, the Polinger Family Foundation is currently governed by five trustees: Geraldine and her four children, including Lorre, who has been president for the past… Read More

The Tow Foundation: Revamping the Juvenile Justice System Through Advocacy

Posted on September 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Today, the foundation’s staff members commit more than 50 percent of their time to advocacy and collaboration with public and private partners to improve the lives of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the Connecticut juvenile justice system. With support from the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, which the foundation co-founded in 2001, their strategic approach led to… Read More

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