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Deadline: September 30, 2019

Kresge Foundation: Building a More Robust Human Services Field

To provide greater pathways to economic and social mobility, there is need for a strong human services field to work with and for children and families with low incomes. Building on lessons and innovations from its Next Generation Initiative and place-based ecosystems strategies, the Kresge Foundation continues to learn about evidence-informed and promising practices that it can share across the field. Examples of best practices include using a two-generation, whole-family approach that emphasizes the role of fathers, as well as brain-science informed practices.

Through the Building a More Robust Human Services Field opportunity the Foundation will support a range of activities that advance the field toward using evidence-based best practices and policies that help children and families achieve social and economic mobility. Proposals are welcomed from organizations that:

  • Focus on advancing and accelerating social and economic mobility
  • Offer innovative and effective approaches that can provide lessons for the field
  • Have a clear strategic vision and are able to articulate what works and why
  • Have shared and adaptive leadership
  • Recognize racial equity as a significant barrier to social and economic mobility and have an explicit focus to address this reality
  • Are intensely person-centered in their approach and utilize best practices (brain-science informed, two-generation, whole-family, trauma-informed approaches, etc.)
  • Are outcomes focused and data driven
  • Measure organizational and programmatic efforts against the Human Service Value Curve
  • Are committed to person-centered, co-created, and power sharing systems change that addresses structural barriers through policy solutions; are positioned to inform and influence communities of practice; and build the public will for supportive public policies

Amount: U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations with audited financial statements that are not classified as private foundations and government entities in the United States.

Eligibility: Giving ranges are not specified for this solicitation.

Link: https://kresge.org/programs/human-services/building-more-robust-human-services-field

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