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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 opportunities
  • enhance public health and sanitation on a global basis

 Primary Program Interests

 The Board is currently highlighting the following areas: 

  • 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 assistance.
  • 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 interests.
  • 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 organizations.
  • 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 impact.

 

While this list is not exhaustive, requests that have little to do with these areas are only occasionally considered.

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