Concentrating Focus for Results

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Foundation stresses the importance of adhering to a strategy to achieve results. We concentrate on education for disadvantaged people so that they may obtain better employment and a better life.  Read More


The Fading American Dream

Friday, May 19, 2017

Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and has been recognized by the American Economic Association as the best American economist under age 40. His current research focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding?  Read More


Have Faith (and Keep Going)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Whenever I am tempted to feel blue or pessimistic about JSF’s effectiveness all I have to do is listen to our peers, which I had the opportunity to do last week at The Center of Effective Philanthropy (CEP) Biannual Conference in Boston.  Read More


Thank You

Thursday, December 15, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close I will use this space to count the things for which I am grateful.   Read More


What Makes a Movement

Monday, October 24, 2016

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is observed each October. The theme this year is “#InclusionWorks.” How many people know this? Read More


Nova Scotia Beckons

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September’s Grant Program Meeting will focus on Foundation grants that serve Indigenous Peoples. Janine Pease, Bob Lorence and Rick Williams, our consultants in this area, will all attend. This is Bob’s last meeting and Rick and Janine’s first. There will also be a number of invited guests and we will receive reports on our major programs and what others are doing in this area. Read More


Is Anybody Listening?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Two years ago the Foundation embarked upon an initiative to communicate more effectively. We wanted to raise its profile so that high quality potential grantees would know about it and apply for grants. We wanted to give existing and past grantees a forum to showcase their good work. And we felt an obligation to share what we have learned.  Read More


Non-Monetary Support in the SUSF Johnson Scholarship Program

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Faith & Money

Monday, May 23, 2016

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In the Year 2041

Friday, February 19, 2016

January’s page concluded by asking how the knowledge and experience gained in our first 25 years can guide us to be better in the next 25 years. Let us look ahead another 25 years to 2041. We will start close to home, with assumptions that are so likely that they appear certain. Read More


The End of the Beginning

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The arrival of 2016 marks the 25th birthday of the Foundation. It aspires to a perpetual life and the end of the first 25 years is an important milestone. It is worthwhile to reflect on the first 25 years and what they have taught us.    Read More


Secret Sauce

Friday, December 18, 2015

This month’s picture features Eric Fisher, a Johnson Scholar who came to our dinner and spoke to the Grant Program Committee. His appearance and remarks resonated with a lesson that we have learned. The greater value of our scholarships is not in the money but in the “secret sauce” that goes with them. Read More


Unfinished Business

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Two strategy issues will be on the Grant Program Committee’s Agenda in December, left over from the “Landscape” and “Program Linkage” discussions.  Read More


Leadership, Collaboration and Results

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Many experts in philanthropy have come to see collaboration as a higher form of grant making and non-profit activity. Philanthropists should join together to exert concerted effort on problems they cannot solve individually. Those grant makers who go their own way are described as “operating in silos” and are compared to “lone wolves.”  Their ideas may be good but they cannot effect systemic change by themselves. The advantage of collective impact seems irresistible and most grant makers at least pay lip service to it, even if they do go their own way. Read More


American Indian Investments

Friday, August 21, 2015

Enclosed in this report is an article by Jason Campbell, published in the monthly journal, Green Money. Jason began with an MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga and has carved out a niche in the field of sustainable and responsible development. He was a catalyst for a project to build 20 “Leed Platinum” homes (very green) in the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana (Haven Gourneau, another of our Gonzaga graduates, is President of the Tribal College there). Jason has also assisted the Spokane Tribe to codify the principle of FPIC (free, prior and informed consent) with respect to development, especially mining on the Reservation. His story should be instructive to the upcoming Grant Program Committee meeting. Read More