This third grantmaking initiative works to connect individuals and organizations to share ideas and pursue joint action, for example, through convening groups and collaborations to craft joint strategies. The Foundation will continue to make grants to collaborations of nonprofits, schools and districts that use a collective impact approach to make meaningful improvements to education in our region. The KDK-Harman Foundation also seeks to influence education policy (government and policymakers), for example, through advocacy or public will building, through its grantmaking.
Beyond direct financial investment, the Foundation reaffirms its commitment to support our investments in the areas of capacity building of our grantee portfolio, including board development, leadership and talent development, evaluation assistance, communications/marketing, and fundraising. This underscores our belief to help our grantee partners sustain their operations over the long term and become enduring “institutions of change”. We continue to look for new and successful ways to provide such support and though it is highly individualized and determined by grantee needs, we look forward to prioritizing the following two areas of capacity building in 2011:
Underlying all of these areas of interest are the following overarching beliefs/principles that inform and drive our grantmaking:
The mission of the KDK-Harman Foundation is to break the cycle of poverty
through education while promoting a culture of giving excellence.