Grantseeker Support

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Grantseeker Support

Our grantmaking priorities (and why we chose them as priorities)

Grantmaking Priority Area:   Early Childhood Development

Our goal is to prepare young people for lives of economic freedom, and it all starts in the critical years from birth to age five.  During this time children benefit when the adults in their lives understand how they are growing and learning and know how to apply that understanding.

Through our early childhood grant investments we want to make a measurable difference in:

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We believe that quality early childhood education is the basis for a life of economic freedom. In fact, we believe that early childhood is the most critical stage for children’s social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development.

From birth to age five children are engaged in making important connections that they will use throughout their lives.  The emotional connections that children establish with their parents and caregivers will guide their interaction with people.  Children’s environment and experiences will help them build the brain connections they’ll need to learn and thrive in the world around them.

Child development researchers tell us that children of this age:

  • Think concretely, not abstractly.
  • Learn through their senses.
  • Strive for independence.
  • Do not yet understand that others have rights.
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Grantmaking Priority Area:   Middle Childhood Development

Growth and learning in middle childhood builds on the foundation that was laid in early childhood.  While they continue to rely on their parents and their familiar surroundings, children from age six through twelve become voracious explorers of the world around them.

Through our middle childhood grant investments we want to make a measurable difference in:

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Child development research tells us that children of this age:

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Grantmaking Priority Area:   Adolescent Development

To be ready for a life of economic freedom, a young person must have the opportunity to learn skills, acquire knowledge and build character.  Beginning at about age thirteen, young people begin to think about their purpose in life and crave ways to apply the experiences and information that they’ve gained during their childhood.

Through our adolescent grant investments we want to make a measurable difference in:

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Youth development research tells us that young people of this age:

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Grantmaking Priority Area:   Community Development

Only vibrant communities are able to adequately support the development of their children and young people.  The best of those communities act as economic freedom role models for their citizens.

Through our community development grant investments we want to make a measurable difference in:

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Community development research tells us that vibrant communities exhibit:

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