We've been following the Arcus Foundation's implementation of its new Social Justice Initiative for a few weeks now. The new initiative, announced in January, is to guide the foundation’s grant-making decisions for the next five to ten years. We have already seen the new personnel brought on to oversee the initiative. Now let's take a look at the first wave of grants under the new initiative.
Arcus has been a big believer in multi-year grants, giving organizations the predictable funding streams needed to sustain projects over an extended period. Major gifts announced a few years ago are still playing out, underwriting a host of important activities.
Since 2000, the Arcus Foundation has been one of the major players in philanthropic giving to LGBT issues and efforts. Throughout 2012, the Foundation conducted an intensive review of its giving efforts, consulting with advocates, focus groups, and stakeholders. The goal was to develop a long-range strategy for how to focus the Foundation's giving efforts in the future.