Public Service Program Grants

The public service program is guided by Senator Jackson's ideals and inspired by his example. The foundation seeks to foster a public service ethic in the next generation of leaders and to leverage national resources and awareness to increase public and community leadership, civic engagement and volunteerism. The Foundation produces Strategic Initiatives in its Public Service Program, primarily focusing on civic engagement initiatives and the promotion of civil discourse at the local and national level. Foundation grantmaking and strategic initiatives are limited geographically to the U.S.

The Henry M Jackson Foundation was founded in 1983 to continue the unfinished work of the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson in the areas in which he played a key leadership role: international affairs education, human rights, environment and natural resources management, and public service. Through its grantmaking and strategic initiatives, the Foundation seeks to make a lasting impact and perpetuate the Jackson legacy for the benefit of future generations.

In addition to grantmaking, the Foundation's strategic initiatives address critical and timely needs in the Foundation's four program areas. The goal of these strategic initiatives is to leverage additional resources for issues that are central to the Jackson legacy by:

  • Partnering with other organizations
  • Convening leaders in the field from nonprofit, foundation and government sectors
  • Providing opportunities for public dialogue
  • Organizing forums for in-depth analysis on critical and timely issues

Participation in strategic initiatives is primarily conducted on an invitation-only basis; however, interested individuals may contact the Foundation's program officer to discuss potential partnership ideas that are consistent with Foundation interests and priorities.

Last Updated On: 2017-12-15

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