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Assessing Program Grants: Are They Making an Impact? [Part 2 of 2]

Author: Nicholas Randell

PART 2 [This second (and final) installment takes a look at recent Tower grants and their impact on the target population, grantee organization, and the field at large.] Once again, we wanted to take a look at the somewhat broader impact of our grantmaking. On our lessons learned forms, we also scored grants for impact … Continued

Are We Making Effective Grants? 2018 Version. [Part 1 of 2]

Author: Nicholas Randell

PART 1 [This installment of a two-part series looks at the performance of Tower grants when measured against specific project goals; Part 2 will look at the broader impact of the same grants.] Every 18 months or so, we take a look at the latest cluster of closed grants and assess their aggregate effectiveness and … Continued

System Redesign Part III: A View From the Balcony

Author: Megan MacDavey

This is the third in a multi-part blog series. Catch up with Part I here and Part II here. In the adaptive leadership framework, “getting on the balcony” is the idea that, when met with complex challenges, you leave your world on-the-ground – your deadlines, to-do list, and distractions –and look at the big picture … Continued

System Redesign Part II: Understanding Value-Based Reimbursement

Author: Megan MacDavey

This is the second in a multi-part blog series. Check out the last one here. The organizations we fund are essential to our work, and because of this, we are paying attention to the shift to Value Based Reimbursement (VBR) which we think will have a huge impact on many of our grantees. As a … Continued

System Redesign Part I: Why It Matters

Author: Megan MacDavey

System Redesign and Why It Matters We here at The Tower Foundation have been paying attention over the last couple of years to the big changes happening in the health care delivery system. Why? Well, a few reasons. First, changes to the health care system mean big changes to not only the health care providers … Continued

The Tower Inquisition

Author: Megan MacDavey

A screening call? A clarification call? Which is it? WHAT is it? I just toiled over a preliminary application for you — what more could you possibly need from me??? What is this, torture?  Hey there. Yes, you with your head on your desk. This is not a trap! We like screening calls a lot (which we have … Continued


Author: Megan MacDavey

My morning started in all its usual familiarity and chaos. (Peeling myself away from my kids in the morning is something I have not yet mastered since welcoming our second kiddo into our family this past summer.) My husband and I ran around, frantically executing the diaper-clean-clothe-feed-the-kids routine, managing to make ourselves look quasi-presentable, and … Continued

In Appreciation of the “Real Heroes”

Author: Chuck Colston

A few months ago, I attended an awards ceremony at the Dale Association. It was a great event with plenty of tasty desserts. The Foundation was among eight honorees recognized for their service to the community. While we were an award recipient; it underscores the fact that nonprofits are the “real heroes.” They do all … Continued

Making things just a little easier for grantees

Author: Don Matteson

One day a few weeks ago, Chuck popped his head into my office. He told me that he’d just finished up a videoconference with one of our grantees. They were wrapping up the first year of a grant, and the videoconference served as the formal report narrative. They talked about all the things you’d expect … Continued