2023 Strategic Direction
As we all adapt to a changing landscape brought about by COVID-19, we will transition our responsive grantmaking related to the pandemic to refocus on and strengthen our core grantmaking. This includes augmenting general operating grants for several long-term partners and honing our capacity building support to address a range of organizational and programmatic priorities. After taking some initial yet fruitful steps to more explicitly incorporate racial equity into our work, we will continue to do so by examining how to elevate our commitment across each of our program areas and strategies. Finally, we will continue learning through grantmaking with our existing initiatives and chart a course for exploring new areas of focus.
Past Years' Reports
We entered 2022 with a renewed understanding of the importance of providing reliable long-term flexible support as pandemic-era government spending began to wind down. Based on that declining source of funding, sustained elevated need from families, and survey results from our grantee partners, we directed ~$4.6M in responsive funding to address urgent eviction prevention, direct cash assistance to families, and diaper and food distribution. As was the case last year, the relatively large number of these responsive grants resulted in one-time shifts to the number of one-year grants versus multi-year grants and lowered the average grant amount for the year.
We also sought to understand the longer-term impact on nonprofits facing a higher number of clients seeking support, rising costs, and myriad operational challenges to plan for ways to increase our grantmaking support in the years ahead. Finally, we began updating some of our approaches to prioritizing capacity building requests and considering increases to general operating support grants based on what we learned from grantee partners as well as principles of racial equity from our team’s ongoing learning journey.
2022 Grant Data
Average Grant Payment