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ERIC Number: ED536330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Joyce Foundation 2011 Annual Report
O'Connell, Mary
Joyce Foundation
In a period such as this, marked by extreme political partisanship and apparent gridlock at the federal level, it would be tempting to throw up one's hands in frustration. But this is just the time that a foundation like Joyce can add the most value--because the Joyce team members are non-partisan, not subject to the pressures of political and business cycles, and have the freedom to explore new ideas and support projects that others cannot or will not take on. So, the team is optimistic that it can make a difference, though they do know it is important to pick their battles wisely. This year, they think it paid off to focus their attention on policy at the state and local levels, where they saw some really important progress and where they saw tangible improvements in the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region. Each of their other programs has seen similar opportunity at the state level. Their efforts to promote a more healthy democracy through campaign finance and redistricting reform, their work with law enforcement and policy makers to reduce gun violence, and their strong support of diversity in the arts, are all well-received at the community level, where individuals are most affected. Thoughtful implementation, careful evaluation, and a sustained effort to promote what is successful, will be the focus of their efforts going forward. Without putting their shoulders to the wheel, they and their grantees cannot expect to see impact--the kind of impact that turns good policy into real practice people can see and experience every day. This paper presents the Foundation's annual report for 2011.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joyce Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Wisconsin