Our Grantmaking

Through our grantmaking, we strive to maintain a long-standing commitment to strengthen families and improve communities in which O’Neill family members live and are engaged in the work of the Foundation.

Responsive Grantmaking

Responsive Grantmaking has traditionally been the Foundation’s largest grantmaking program. Through two competitive grantmaking cycles per year, nonprofits with family-centered programming are supported.

In 2017, we conducted a year-long review to identify opportunities for even greater impact. Informed by these learnings and our experiences, we will continue the Responsive Grantmaking program, albeit with a more defined focus on strengthening families in the areas of Health & Well-Being, Educational Success, and Homelessness.

Deep Impact Grantmaking

Our Deep Impact Grantmaking Program supports organizations or community partnerships committed to developing and implementing two-generation or “2Gen” models that improve Education and/or Health and Well-Being outcomes for low-income children and their caregivers. In partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, we convene our grantee partners with other 2Gen experts and Ascend Network Partners to share learnings and best practices.

Proposals are considered by invitation only.

For Current 2Gen/DIG Grantees Only:

About the 2Gen Approach

Learn about Ascend’s 2Gen Approach and guiding principles.

[February 2020] As part of the “Resilient Families” series sponsored by the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and Saint Luke’s Foundation, Anne Mosle, Vice President at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Ascend, spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. Her speech highlights the national momentum around serving families.

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