Our Strategy

In 2017, we re-affirmed our long-standing commitment to strengthen families and improve communities in which O’Neill family members live, streamlined our grant processes, and shortened our grant applications.

What Influenced Our Decision

Our grantmaking strategy reflects our research collected throughout an extensive year-long internal and external review process. We drew on the experiences of organizations that have seen measurable changes within their communities and reviewed best practices for foundations that engage in transformational leadership – both through grant and non-grant related activities.

To Better Serve the Whole Family

While we recognize that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves, our  “whole-family” approach strives to meet the needs of the entire family unit.

In the following infographic, you’ll see that we’re working to make our strategic goals of Impact, Family Engagement, Succession, and Stewardship present in every decision we make. Through our grantmaking, we specifically focus on Health & Well-Being, Educational Success, and Homelessness.