Programs Overview

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees recently completed a comprehensive, three-year strategic planning process which included a review of program areas and funding priorities in the context of both the founder’s vision of strengthening America's “religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational organizations” and to better align with current and future philanthropic opportunities.

A significant part of the strategic planning process was conversations with scholars and thought leaders across the nation. The information gathered in these meetings helped the AVDF Trustees and staff identify new and emerging trends in each area that informed future philanthropic efforts.  Specific information on these meetings can be found in Shaping Our Future.

After thorough research, analysis, and deliberation, the Foundations' Board of Trustees confirmed its continuing commitments:

The Foundations' Board of Trustees additionally agreed to introduce two new program priorities.  For 2018-2020, grant proposals in these two areas will be considered only from our designated partners:

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