The Foundation has supported local nonprofits with Community Grants for more than 98 years (over $2.8 million in 2016) across many program areas. In the past year, the Foundation has examined community data and solicited feedback through a nonprofit survey. This research reveals that significant educational and economic disparities persist in our community, especially in concentrated geographic areas. The Foundation believes that these critical disparities need to be addressed, and that with focus and progress, the entire community will benefit.
Therefore, the Foundation has decided to deepen its grantmaking work in the following two focusareas beginning in 2019:
Advancing Equity in Education
The Foundation will support efforts to create more equitable educational outcomes for diverse groups of students in our community.
Building an Inclusive Economy
The Foundation will support efforts that create more equitable and inclusive pathways for
people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.
Moving forward into 2018, the Foundation’s staff will work to build deeper relationships with community partners working in the new focus areas through conversations with individuals and organizations to develop specific funding priorities and strategies to be announced in late fall 2018. Grantmaking in these focus areas will begin in 2019.
Note: The Foundation will continue to provide capacity-building and capital campaign grants to local nonprofits in a wide range of program areas. The 2018 application deadlines for these grants will be on March 1 and September 3.
Nonprofits interested in learning more about the Foundation’s new Community Grants programs can visit www.wsfoundation.org/2018grants.