Learn what’s happening at the Foundation and in the communities where we work. Hear from staff and partners about their accomplishments and lessons learned along the way.


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

American Association of Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD) 2016 Conference

Author: Chuck Colston

Last June, I attended the American Association of Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD) Annual Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia is commonly referred to as the “Peach State.” Of course I made sure that I took in some southern cuisine that included a bowl of delicious peach cobbler. After dinner, I drove by the birth home of … Continued

What We Mean by Eliminating Mental Health Stigma

Author: Don Matteson

As part of our strategic planning process a couple of years ago, our Trustees and staff established goals for each of our four issue areas. These goals were intended to reflect the, “desired end state” for the populations we serve in the communities we fund. When we got to the mental health category, we led … Continued

Cradle Beach Respite Weekend

Author: Nicholas Randell

It is hard to beat a site visit for connecting with the vital work that our grantees do.  But they are not always as fun as the one I made to the Cradle Beach respite weekend on a chilly Saturday morning this March. Cradle Beach is best known for its inclusive summer camp sessions, but … Continued

What’s with the Shirts?

Author: Don Matteson

One of the changes we’ve made over the past few years is how we dress when we’re out in the community. Most often, people think of program officers as stern-faced foundation representatives decked out in suits, ties, and other formal business attire. When we’re out doing our work for the Tower Foundation, more often than … Continued