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Foundation announces new strategic priorities

Posted on February 1, 2016

Janal MossettThe Community Foundation Board of Directors recently approved an updated set of Strategic Priorities which will guide the organization’s efforts through the end of 2018.

“We started this process last fall,” said Janal Mossett, a board member of the Foundation.  She also served as chair of the ad-hoc committee charged with evaluating and updating the Community Foundation’s priorities.  “Every three years we reach out to friends, partners, donors and stakeholders throughout the region to seek their input on our priorities.”

Based on this input, the Community Foundation has adopted the following priority areas:

  1. Community & Economic Prosperity: will focus on placemaking, downtowns, waterfront development, regional collaboration, entrepreneurism and nonprofit capacity building.
  2. Cradle to Career:  has a specific emphasis on skilled trades and apprenticeship programs.  Will look to support hands-on learning and training programs for youth and adults, along with childhood literacy programs and projects that re-engage young adults.  Will also support programs and projects that target students and adults who do not complete a college degree in a traditional timeframe, or who leave college to explore other career options.
  3. Healthy Lifestyles:  will focus on year-round access to healthy food, basic amenities and healthy life choices.  Will support programs, projects and initiatives targeting the well-being of the entire family and their ability to contribute to our region’s growth and prosperity.

Mossett said these updated priorities only apply to the Foundation’s discretionary resources.

“Our core mission is still to help individual donors, one-at-a-time, achieve their philanthropic goals, and those goals may be outside of these three broad areas,” said Mossett.

Donna NiesterDonna Niester, board chair of the Community Foundation, added, “Donors and partners will notice a pretty significant shift in our number 2 and number 3 priority areas. Whereas before we had a pretty strong emphasis on college awareness and college access, the Community Foundation will now broaden its support to engage students and young adults in complete career exploration, including a strong emphasis on skilled trades.”

Niester said the new pilot program being launched in Algonac in conjunction with Algonac Schools is the first example of the Foundation’s new focus on Healthy Lifestyles.  The Algonac pilot program will blend the Foundation’s traditional support of Friday Food and the Backpack giveaway, into a year-round effort to support students.

Priority Areas 2016-2018

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