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In the Year 2041

Friday, February 19, 2016

January’s page concluded by asking how the knowledge and experience gained in our first 25 years can guide us to be better in the next 25 years. Let us look ahead another 25 years to 2041. We will start close to home, with assumptions that are so likely that they appear certain. Read More



 

The End of the Beginning

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The arrival of 2016 marks the 25th birthday of the Foundation. It aspires to a perpetual life and the end of the first 25 years is an important milestone. It is worthwhile to reflect on the first 25 years and what they have taught us.    Read More



 

Secret Sauce

Friday, December 18, 2015

This month’s picture features Eric Fisher, a Johnson Scholar who came to our dinner and spoke to the Grant Program Committee. His appearance and remarks resonated with a lesson that we have learned. The greater value of our scholarships is not in the money but in the “secret sauce” that goes with them. Read More



 

Unfinished Business

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Two strategy issues will be on the Grant Program Committee’s Agenda in December, left over from the “Landscape” and “Program Linkage” discussions.  Read More



 

Leadership, Collaboration and Results

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Many experts in philanthropy have come to see collaboration as a higher form of grant making and non-profit activity. Philanthropists should join together to exert concerted effort on problems they cannot solve individually. Those grant makers who go their own way are described as “operating in silos” and are compared to “lone wolves.”  Their ideas may be good but they cannot effect systemic change by themselves. The advantage of collective impact seems irresistible and most grant makers at least pay lip service to it, even if they do go their own way. Read More



 

American Indian Investments

Friday, August 21, 2015

Enclosed in this report is an article by Jason Campbell, published in the monthly journal, Green Money. Jason began with an MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga and has carved out a niche in the field of sustainable and responsible development. He was a catalyst for a project to build 20 “Leed Platinum” homes (very green) in the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana (Haven Gourneau, another of our Gonzaga graduates, is President of the Tribal College there). Jason has also assisted the Spokane Tribe to codify the principle of FPIC (free, prior and informed consent) with respect to development, especially mining on the Reservation. His story should be instructive to the upcoming Grant Program Committee meeting. Read More



 

Landscape Project

Thursday, July 16, 2015

One of my Foundation goals this year is to survey the landscape of the Foundation’s 3 program areas to examine the impact of disadvantage in each program area, initiatives that attempt to ameliorate the disadvantages and the effectiveness of these initiatives. The idea is to see the Foundation’s programs within this context and better understand their suitability and effectiveness.   Read More



 

SUSF Annual Meeting

Friday, June 19, 2015

“As much as we love our students, we want them to leave after they’ve been successful.” Read More



 

Palm Beach County Local College Access Network

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The community collective impact meeting on May 4th was, by any account, a huge success. Speakers included the Presidents of Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College, a Vice-President of Florida Atlantic University, a student from Delray Beach, the Executive Director of Florida College Access Network, the Mayor of Palm Beach County, the Superintendent of the Palm Beach County District School Board, the President of the Business Development Board and representatives from the business, faith-based, non-profit and philanthropic communities. We had about 60 people. Read More



 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Monday, April 27, 2015

We have been busy since the March meetings and I will use this space to give you an update.  Read More



 

Communication and Relationships

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two Foundation priorities for the year are improved communication and finding partners for our Palm Beach Johnson Scholars program. Those strategies are coming together in recent months and have been consuming much of our time and energy. Read More



 

An Update on Johnson Scholars

Friday, January 23, 2015

We have been trying to transition the Johnson Scholars Program from a Foundation Read More



 

Foundation Commits $1 Million Endowment

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Funds Will Support Gonzaga University's MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship. Read More



 

Hearing Our Grantee Partners

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This month Becky Youngman and Wanda Kirby presented a report on the Palm Beach School Board Johnson Scholars program. This was one of four grantee (or potential grantee) presentations made to the Grant Program Committee at its December 6th meeting. A fifth presentation was a third party evaluation of a Foundation grantee, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. These presentations consumed about two thirds of a packed agenda; it is difficult to imagine how we could spend more time listening to grantees at these meetings. Read More



 

College Blitz 2014

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation, in collaboration with Take Stock in Children Palm Beach and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, took 300 students on six charter busses on a college tour this fall. The group visited Tallahassee and Gainesville to tour Florida State University (FSU), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Santa Fe College and the University of Florida (UF).  Read More