Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation; Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation; the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

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Emerson Foundation Announces New Board Leaders

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation Board of Directors recently elected Kristen E. Rubacka to serve as the Board President. Ms. Rubacka, of Manlius, NY, is the great-granddaughter of Fred L. Emerson, the foundation’s founder, and will be the first female president to lead the organization. She has served as a director of the foundation since 1991. The Foundation also announced that W. Gary Emerson has been elected to serve as Vice President and Treasurer and Heather A. Emerson has been elected to serve as Secretary.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Launches New Framework for Grantmaking and Learning

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announces the launch of All for NC: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation's Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. Their new Framework reflects the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians and infuses what they heard during their statewide listening and learning tour about what is critical, and visionary, at this moment in time.

Report from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Finds Gaps, Opportunities in Impact Investment Field

The report, Building Power Across the Impact Investment Field, highlights findings from the foundation's seven-month-long search for a mission-driven investment advisor as part of an effort to better align its endowment with its social justice mission. Based on thirty-four responses from impact investment advisors, the study found a broad spectrum of advisory services with wide-ranging definitions of and approaches to the impact investment field.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Sends a Message: Families Belong Together

President and CEO, Peter Laugharn, released a statement on the current administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy: “Our commitment to early childhood development and young people in foster care compels us to speak out when children are being exposed to unnecessary and irreversible trauma. Children should not be detained, and families belong together.”

Walton Family Foundation Announces Major Investments to Fuel High-Quality School Growth Nationwide

The Walton Family Foundation announced efforts to build and expand on two decades of school startup grants to fuel the growth of high-quality schools across the country. The strategy, detailed in Rooted in Opportunity: The Walton Family Foundation's Approach to Starting and Growing High-Quality Schools, includes continued grants to proven organizations, like those that help create successful charter schools, with an expanded focus on innovative school models to meet the learning needs of all children.

Special Thanks: NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle Members

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