Building a Culture of Active Learning

Jenkins board members attend SECF ConferenceLearning has long been a hallmark of the Jenkins Foundation. It is not uncommon to see a majority of its board members participate in site visits with potential grant recipients. In the past year, the board further committed itself to exploring emerging trends and innovative approaches tied to three primary focus areas – access to health care, mental health services, and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.  

As part of its strategic plan, the board is engaging in deeper study of the issues to continually guide their grantmaking. The result is a learning program that extends beyond site visits to include educational opportunities throughout the year, organized in concert with nonprofit partners, local and state health professionals, and other foundations.
“We consistently strive to do the most good with our resources. By deeply immersing ourselves in learning and adding rigor to our work, we are able to stay ahead of trends and make more informed and proactive FUNDING decisions.”

- Terrell Harrigan, Chair of COMMUNITY IMPACT COMMITTEE
In the past year, learning sessions covered topics like Medicaid expansion, community health workers, therapeutic day treatment for students in Richmond Public Schools, and medically assisted treatment for substance use disorders. The Jenkins Foundation participated in a joint book club with Richmond Memorial Health Foundation to discuss The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and, in November, several members attended the Southeastern Council of Foundation’s Annual Conference where they gained new insights, knowledge and connections.
“The women of the Jenkins Foundation are deeply committed to doing all we can to improve the health of our region,” said Jane Peters, Chair of the Jenkins Foundation. “The opportunity to learn together is one of the most rewarding parts of our service.”