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Five years ago, Daemen College added a B.F.A. program in Animation and a B. S. in Applied Theater to its Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). With the increase of students and the addition of a new type of studio practice ...
For the past couple of years, we at The Tower Foundation have been doing a lot of thinking about capacity building. I'm here to remind you today that amidst all of the other exciting changes going on here (see Don's blog post from a few months back), capacity building is still very much on our radar.
Nick Randell, Program Officer, describes what some of the upcoming grantmaking changes mean for grant applicants. He also spends a few minutes answering some of the questions that our grant information session participants asked ...
Over the past few years, we've been working on being less of a "transactional" grantmaker (i.e., paper-pushers) and more of a "relational" grantmaker (i.e., human beings working with other real people). In this video, Program Officer Chuck ...
We've introduced some changes we're making to our grants process and described the grant review process and time line, so we thought we'd go a little deeper into the Core Programs and Services grant applications. In this video, ...
As we've written and talked about before, we have some changes coming to our grant processes in 2017. This video is all about process and time lines. I talk about when the new deadlines will be ...
As you might recall from our earlier blog post, the Tower Foundation is changing its grantmaking process and deadlines starting in 2017. In this video, Executive Director Tracy Sawicki takes a few minutes to describe some of these changes and the reasons we're making them.
Once again, we wanted to take a look at the somewhat broader impact of our grantmaking. On our lessons learned forms we also scored grants for impact (whether "significant," "some," or "no impact"). We looked at three kinds of impact
A few years ago a two-part series took a look at the the performance of Tower grants when measured against specific project goals (Part 1) and at the broader impact of the same grant (Part 2). It is time to take a look at grants that have closed since that earlier analysis.
We've been getting a lot of phone calls and emails lately asking when
we'll post our 2017 Substance Abuse grant guidelines. This is no
surprise, since we usually post those guidelines in June. The short
answer is ...
Don Matteson and I had the recent
pleasure of attending the grand opening of Roca's satellite office in
Lynn, Massachusetts. The official ribbon-cutting took place on
June 13th, with probably 60 or more community stakeholders (law
enforcement, courts, elected officials, funding partners) there to celebrate
the event. The grand opening...
This March, I escaped blustery Buffalo for a few days for the
Grantmakers in Health Conference in San Diego. As I did last year when this conference was in Austin, TX, I've put
together a summary of selected conference programming, particularly plenary
sessions and some of the breakout sessions I attended.
Over the last couple of years we have seen more colleges and universities ramping up their supports for students with disabilities. A half dozen or so recent Tower grants have gone towards support of these efforts. We've already blogged about a couple of them.
In my last blog about the Foundation's "Year
of Reflection", I committed to writing another blog about the Foundation's 2015
accomplishments. I thought a blog would be a great way to share highlights
before the release of our Annual Review sometime in the late spring.
In my last post, I described for you the work we've been doing to better understand the capacity building landscape. Today, I want to reflect on the interviews that I conducted which populated this report, and share a few key takeaways with you.
I have spent a lot of time over the last few months working on understanding the capacity building landscape in the Massachusetts and New York counties that we fund. The Tower Foundation has a long history of supporting capacity building projects ...
be the Year of Reflection." I announced to the staff at the end of last
year. I made the same statement to the
Trustees shortly after. We were well into the implementation of our Strategic Plan
I first blogged about PEDALS (Positive Emotional
Development and Learning Skills) back in June 2014. For the basics on this program that
introduces a social-emotional curriculum in ...
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