We invest our resources to strengthen early education opportunities for young children, protect natural lands and waterways, and promote economic vitality through robust employment development.
     Our aim is to support change in communities, regions and the state. We focus on four key elements that create the right conditions for change: high-functioning systems, strong public policies, engaged communities, and effective organizations. Because progress is often hindered by inefficient and fragmented systems, we look for efforts that champion networks, bring in new partners, improve coordination, adapt to changing circumstances, and build toward solutions at an appropriate scale.
     The questions at right will help you find the best fit for your organization.


Is your organization a registered public charity?
What is the geographic area of the work for which you seek support?
Does your proposed work primarily involve direct services to individuals, or does it seek changes at a systemic level -- i.e., reworking laws, policies, and resources that in turn affect the lives of individuals and communities?
Does your proposed work focus on early childhood education, natural lands and waterways, or systems that promote employment preparedness and mobility?
Will your project engage the public and collaborate with other partners and funders?