To reach that goal, we are constantly learning – from the communities and partners we serve, from our grants and investments, from experts in our strategic priority areas and from other funders.
Learning helps us better understand the needs of our region, the potential and assets that can feed forward progress and the best next steps toward our goal of generational change. Our learning continually informs our strategy and actions. We engage in formal and informal learning, tapping into the full spectrum of available knowledge – and sharing what we learn as we learn it.
As stewards of Dogwood’s assets, we must hold ourselves accountable for our grants and investments. Ongoing evaluation and measurement help us demonstrate progress, improve our practicesio and inform future decisions as we strive to continuously improve our effectiveness. We work with our partners and communities to develop shared metrics that reflect our shared vision, working in a spirit of continuous improvement, drawing and communicating lessons from our mistakes as well as our successes.
We gather data that already exists from expert sources and commission our own to provide clear baselines and examine trends. Through both numbers and stories, data shows where we are now and where there may be a path forward.
Support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction, and prevent first use
Help reduce disparities based on race, location, education and income factors
Invest in integrated heath care with seamless connections to supportive services
Support communities that promote healthy living and resiliency and help mitigate the impact of trauma, isolation and stress on individuals and families, especially those experiencing poverty
Support a well-funded, sustainable, competitive entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the region
Help build a regional economic ecosystem that supports increased creation/retention of jobs and business ownership
Help build a skilled workforce with the knowledge and technical abilities to excel in a wide range of industry employment opportunities that provide a competitive, sustainable wage
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive, county-by-county data set that paints a full picture of work readiness, economic development and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities specific to Western North Carolina
Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels
Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career
Invest in an improved early childhood education ecosystem with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive set of publicly available data that provides a regularly updated, county-by-county picture of access, workforce and student outcomes in early childhood education and K-12 education specific to Western North Carolina
Loans, guarantees, and other financial tools to leverage funding opportunities
Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families
Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned
Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing
Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth.