What We Fund

The Whole Family Approach

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.

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.

By supporting efforts that align or integrate services for children and their caregivers, we create better opportunities for families to thrive together.

Our grantees touch the lives of families in three distinct areas of impact:

 

Health & Well-Being

We recognize that early childhood trauma, as well as ongoing chronic stress from living with poverty, hunger, unsafe housing, community violence, and discrimination, greatly affect behavior, development, and physical health. Overwhelmingly, studies find that these non-medical factors play an even larger role in determining people’s health and well-being.

Our nonprofit partners understand this complex interplay and the subsequent need to bolster protective factors within families and communities. Our partners are actively working to help families with parenting, life, and coping skills; to better integrate primary care, mental health, and social services; and to expand the availability of home and community-based services.

Family stability is central for lifelong healthy development. Strong families lead to better-educated, happier, and healthier members of that family, as well as more productive and safer communities. With the “whole-family” focus at the core of our work, we are pleased to support organizations that promote resiliency in children, families, and communities through prevention, intervention, resources, and support.

 

Educational Success

Many factors go into the educational success of children and families. According to Ascend at the Aspen Institute, a parent’s level of educational attainment can be a strong predictor of a child’s success. For example, a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that Mexican-born immigrant mothers of children in kindergarten through third grade who were simultaneously furthering their own education showed more involvement in their children’s education.

By focusing our support on the whole family, we believe Educational Success will become a core family value, caregivers will be motivated learners, and children will be ready to succeed in school. From early childhood enrichment and family literacy to career advancement and job training, our grantmaking programs help families thrive regardless of their stage of life.

 

Homelessness

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2020 national point-in-time count, it is estimated that there are 580,466 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States – including 171,575 parents and children. Those numbers are unacceptable to us and the organizations we are proud to call our partners.

In many of our communities, there is a critical need for affordable housing options. Having a safe and stable home environment is a key component of making sure all family members have the ability to succeed in life. Research shows housing-based solutions combined with the right supports can reduce homelessness.

We proudly support widespread efforts to combat homelessness in our communities. Valuable programs including homelessness prevention, housing stabilization, transitional housing, and permanent housing options improve the lives of families and position them for greater success.

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