As a spend-down foundation, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation narrowed its grantmaking focus to go deeper and work towards greater impact. One key area of focus is on character development and social-emotional learning for young people. Adults – both in and out of the classroom – play a pivotal role in building character in youth. Partnering with mostly national youth-serving organizations, the Foundation’s strategy focuses on using data to inform and improve adult practice. The Foundation fosters peer learning across these organizations through Communities of Practice that are focused on program quality and evaluation and research. The Foundation also convenes the CEOs for strategy discussions with one another and the grantees’ policy staff with field advocates to collaborate on shared messaging and policy goals.
Learn more about the Foundation’s Character work here.