Reflections from our Participatory Grantmaking Project Manager

Author: Nissa Bisguier, Participatory Grantmaking Project Manager

The 2023 Community Experts Team just wrapped up its grant review, after coming together again with a mix of seasoned and brand-new members to determine the distribution of $215,000 to programs supporting youth. This year, the team was composed of 16 team members with lived experience, with origins from counties in Massachusetts and New York … Continued

Exploring Intersectionality: A Series of Conversations

Author: Nicholas Randell

Intersectionality Webinar #1, November 20th, 2023 (12:00-1:30) Please join us at 12:00 PM (EST) on November 20th for an online conversation about the intersection of incarceration and substance use.  We’ve invited panelists from several of our grant partners to discuss the ways in which their work with recently incarcerated youth is affected by substance use … Continued

Testing Another Form of Participatory Philanthropy

Author: Megan MacDavey

Participatory philanthropy, according to the new Participatory Philanthropy Toolkit from the Fund for Shared Insight is defined as:  A philanthropy practice that explicitly includes the participation of community members with lived expertise in a relevant issue area (non-funders) and shifts power from traditional foundation decision makers to participants during any part of the philanthropy process … Continued

Capacity Building Spotlight: Catchafire

Author: Megan MacDavey, Program Officer

At the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, strengthening organizational capacity is a central tenant in our grantmaking. We recognize that our communities need strong organizations, leaders, and teams in order to deliver the best services to the populations we are interested in supporting. We also know that organizations are dealing with significant challenges in the … Continued

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Grant Partner Spotlight: Northeast Arc Ambassadors Represent

Author: Nick Randell, Program Officer

In the fall of 2022, the Tower Foundation’s Community Experts Fund awarded a total of $200,000 to agencies that support programming for young people with intellectual disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges.  The Fund was entirely designed and administered by a group of young adults that represented our funding regions and that had lived expertise across … Continued

Tower Foundation and INP: A Community-First Model of Partnership

Author: Yolanda Coentro, President and CEO, Institute for Nonprofit Practice

When the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) received our first grant from the Tower Foundation in 2009, little did we know that this investment would blossom into a transformative partnership spanning many years and multiple communities.  Last month, while attending the graduation ceremony for INP’s first-ever Western New York cohort of Core Program graduates through … Continued

Think Bigger Do Good Policy Paper Series Advocates for Increasing Medicaid’s Commitment to Home Visiting

Author: Nicholas Randell

We are pleased to share an update from Think Bigger Do Good Policy Paper Series, a collaborative project of the Thomas Scattergood Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, and the Patrick P. Lee Foundation. Each paper in this series identifies a specific challenge and recommends clear strategies to advance the delivery of mental … Continued

Our DEI Report – Grief and Change

Author: Tracy Sawicki

Reflecting on how things have gone is something we like to do about this time of year as the days grow shorter and nights grow longer. As 2022 winds down, and we reflect on our equity journey at the Foundation, it is hard not to notice all of the grief that we are carrying and … Continued

Community Experts Fund Awards $200,000

Author: Nicholas Randell

Actions and Voices In September, the hard work of the Tower Advisory team culminated in grant awards to 12 organizations in support of their mentoring and counseling work with youth. The ten members of the team independently reviewed a total of 26 applications, then came together to deliberate across two dynamic evening sessions. All the … Continued

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Learning Network Meets In-Person for First Time

Author: Megan MacDavey

Since November 2020, representatives from several grant partner organizations have met monthly to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in their work. This group, convened by Program Officers Chuck Colston and Megan MacDavey, has blossomed into a network that supports and learns from one another.  After many months of meeting by Zoom, this group finally … Continued