K12 education needs to be reframed from a discussion of “how much money is needed and what districts operate what schools” to one of “what kind of results are we seeking and then focusing on executing against those targets.” Increased investments will then be justified by improved results.
Longwood supports preschool education all the way through our universities and graduate programs and lifelong learning too. We support any age group, but the largest investments are in K12 and our University systems.
Economic development needs to be incentivized by the City, County, and State and made easy – knocking down as many administrative burdens as possible.
WLA launched our workforce development effort last year and the first cohort is going to be trained this year in retail and customer service in local banking operations. We are looking to extend this to blue collar jobs later this year. In both cases, we are helping some of our unemployed citizens find their way into gainful and continued employment.
The Foundation is continuously increasing the impact of our grant funds by selecting the funding requests that have the greatest potential for impact. Creating opportunities to coordinate initiatives (such as WLA), and being cognizant of and responsive to best practices in philanthropy.
We have been a partner in WLA since its inception and consider that a critical dimension of capturing all the individual value that each of our members brings to the community.