The Tow Foundation’s grantmaking strategy is to promote and support effective nonprofit organizations and encourage the development of initiatives that are based on sound research and evidence. The foundation seeks to leverage funding from a variety of sources to ensure the long-term quality of services and is dedicated to finding ways to fill some of the gaps left by other funders.
One of the foundation’s goals is to encourage communication and collaboration among public and private providers to advance creative solutions that address the problems associated with juvenile crime. Support is targeted toward projects and initiatives that hold the promise of improving the lives and prospects of youth involved in or at risk of involvement with the Connecticut juvenile justice system and their families, as well as influencing the reform of the public systems (court/justice, school, health, child welfare) with which they may be involved.
The foundation also supports local, state and national advocacy initiatives on behalf of the juvenile justice population and their families. The Tow Foundation requires its grantees to advocate and lobby policymakers within legal limits on behalf of their clients and services.
When evaluating potential grants, preference is shown for organizations with excellent funding prospects to continue and improve current program services and for well-conceived new projects. All funded programs are required to measure outcomes and to help document the effectiveness of their services. The foundation encourages the use of challenge or matching grants and is receptive to collaborative funding efforts. As a general rule, multiple-year grants will be considered only for prior grantees.