The foundation supports programs that have the broadest possible impact in meeting important human needs and aspirations, with an emphasis on the needs of the least advantaged members of society. The primary focus of the foundation is on programs that benefit children and youth in Waco and McLennan County, TX. The foundation prefers to concentrate on five primary areas: 1) Arts and Culture (artistic and cultural programs, especially those that encourage participation, and enrich the lives of children and disadvantaged members of the community. Education and cultivation of new and young patrons is encouraged); 2) Education (the foundation is interested in the broad area of education but with a special concern for early learning up to and through the elementary years. Other areas of interest include adult education and training initiatives, and programs that enhance the capabilities of teachers and other professionals in public schools); 3) Health (the foundation seeks to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare services to all citizens, especially to women, children, and those who do not have access to conventional medical resources. Community-based outreach initiatives such as immunization programs are of interest); 4) Community Building and Social Services (the foundation seeks to build communities that improve the quality of life for all citizens and foster the growth and development of children. The foundation also encourages programs that build grassroots neighborhood networks, provide job training and job opportunities for the unemployed and under-employed, or provide a comprehensive safety net of social services for the least-advantaged citizens); and 5) Democracy and Civic Participation (the foundation supports efforts both to make government more responsive and to encourage citizens to take an active interest and role in political life. The foundation promotes intergovernmental cooperation as well as initiatives that broaden citizen awareness of public policy issues and alternatives, build skills necessary for political leadership, and provide opportunities for community service).
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