We may make grants nationally, but we started in Toledo, Ohio, and today we live and work in Southern Arizona. We have a responsibility to those communities.
The strategic plan for The David and Lura Lovell Foundation includes Responsibility to Community as one of our core strategies. The Lovell family’s philanthropy started in Toledo, Ohio, mostly giving to mental health, the Catholic Church, and youth-related programs. When the family moved to Tucson and the Foundation formally started in 1994, grantmaking grew in Arizona and elsewhere around the country where our Trustees and Advisors lived. As a result, we began to support a widening array of organizations that impacted many other communities. But our hearts have always been primarily rooted where we are from, and where we live now.
From time to time we have opportunities to share our resources come up that do not fit squarely into our four focus areas. Sometimes they are part of our administration, such as opening our office as a convening space or donating staff and/or consultant time to important projects. Sometimes they are related to how we have chosen to manage our investments. And sometimes they are just a good idea, like helping to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector, or making an investment into inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). Regardless of the why, these investments in community are an important part of who we are as a foundation. We belong to a community, we have a responsibility to that community, and so we contribute to improve the community.
On this page we have highlighted some of our recent investments in community. Many times, they are in collaboration with other community partners or funders. We always feel like we do our best work when we are working with others. We urge you to consider engaging with these efforts and funding these organizations. They are all examples of how we work together to make our homes a better place for all.