Letter from the President

Announcing the Results of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees' Strategic Planning Process

Dear Colleagues,

This year, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are celebrating their 65th year of philanthropy to strengthen America’s future through education. Founded in 1952 by Arthur Vining Davis, the president and chairman of the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), the Foundations have given over $300 million in grants to private higher education, public television, theological schools, hospitals and medical schools across the nation to honor Mr. Davis’ philanthropic vision.

Today, as we honor our history and legacy, we are pleased to announce the results of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees' recent strategic planning process. Over the past two years, the Foundations’ trustees have held conversations with thought leaders across the nation to better understand current realities that will inform our philanthropic priorities in the decade ahead.

Last October, the trustees approved a strategic plan that will continue our long-standing commitment to philanthropy marked by integrity, high impact practices, sound grantee partnerships, and national scope.

Highlights of the 2017-2022 strategic plan include:

  • A continued commitment to our time-honored programs in Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media, and Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy
  • Two new philanthropic priorities: first, Environmental Engagement, Stewardship and Solutions and second, Palliative Care and End of Life
  • An approach to grantmaking that values grant proposals for work that intersects two or more of our program areas
  • New grant levels and cycles that respond to our grantee partners’ needs for flexible philanthropic support
  • The launch of an online grantee portal to streamline the submission of grant proposals, grant updates, and final reports
The complete results of the strategic planning process and grant application processes are outlined in the program and grant areas.

It is a privilege for both the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees and staff to serve the Foundations during this vitally important time in our history. With deep gratitude to our past grantees, we look forward to the opportunity to partner with many of you in the years ahead.


Best regards,
Nancy J. Cable
President

 

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