Mission and Guidelines
The mission of the Henry E. Niles
Foundation is to help in the nurturing and uplifting of people in need.
The Foundation strives to support humanitarian efforts, including
faith-based endeavors, that:
- strengthen education including special
education, literacy and others
- fight economic hardships through self-help
- enhance public health and sanitation on a
Primary Program Interests
The Board is currently highlighting the
- Education – Included in this interest area are
primary, secondary and higher education for those motivated individuals
who are unable to obtain the benefits of quality education without
- Economic Self-Sufficiency – This program area
includes but is not limited to: job training, the encouragement and
support of entrepreneurialism, mentoring, and micro-credit initiatives.
- Health & Independence – Special interests here
include medical and public health assistance for the elderly, the poor,
the disadvantaged and the disabled.
Guiding Principles & Considerations
- The Foundation favors programs addressing
long-term solutions to the causes of problems, as distinguished from
programs that simply treat the symptoms.
- The Foundation puts added emphasis on programs and
organizations that address the intersection of its various program
- The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that
test new program models.
- The Foundation has a particular interest in
organizations that promote collaborative efforts among groups and
- Qualities sought by the Foundation in its grantee
organizations are: effective and dynamic personnel; passionate
leadership; a bias against bureaucracy; prudent management & governance
practices; and commitment to results and overall assessment of program
While this list is not exhaustive, requests that have little to
do with these areas are only occasionally considered.