The Brush Foundation – Current Funding Strategy
In 2014, the Brush Foundation’s Board of Managers evaluated the Foundation’s broad grant making strategy to increase the impact of its funding in this challenging time for reproductive health, rights, and justice. Through a rigorous and thoughtful process, the Board narrowed its strategy, determining that for at least three to five years the Foundation will support reproductive health, rights, and justice through activities designed to advance public policy, access to care, and culture change in Ohio.
In November 2015, the Board determined four “paths forward” to further its goals:
1. Support New Thinking and the Next Generation – In order to influence the public narrative and promote culture change, the Brush Foundation seeks to amplify voices that are sometimes marginalized in the reproductive health and rights arena. The Foundation is reaching out to target constituencies – including young people, communities of color, multi-issue social justice organizations, and others – to support new approaches to change the current narrative. The Foundation also intends to support capacity building to work to promote reproductive health, rights, and justice in Ohio.
2. Promote Targeted Action – Support projects/organizations that hone strategic thinking about how best to influence public opinion and affect policies on reproductive health, rights, and justice. Support tools that will be useful to organizations, grantees, the Foundation, and other funders to inform outreach and create opportunities for data-informed collaborative work.
3. Expand Beyond the Core – The Foundation is exploring the potential to support an array of organizations working on progressive social justice issues in Ohio – including but extending beyond reproductive health access and rights – to come together for strategic thinking, strategy development, and possible collective action that could further policy reform and culture change.
4. Build Relationships with Allied Funders – In order to increase the effectiveness of its efforts the Foundation will reach out to allied funders to learn about related work, share our strategy, solicit feedback, and identify opportunities for collaboration.
The Foundation will support these strategies through grant making and ongoing assessment. In doing this, the Foundation is departing from its past funding cycle for a process that is intentionally focused on inspiring change. At a time when access to reproductive health care hangs in the balance, the Foundation has chosen to take risks in its grant making to find new ways forward.
We continue to invite a small number of organizations to respond to certain Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).