Veteran's Philanthropy Exchange: Successes and Challenges in Veterans Transition

This is a funders-only meeting to share what funders have learned from their investments in veterans transition and the continuing challenges veterans and their families face as they return to civilian life after military service. Panelists and attendees will share data and metrics, grantmaking challenges, and lessons learned from some of the communities that have committed to welcoming veterans in an intentional way

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  • Update on the ongoing data analysis of veterans needs and VA service priorities (to keep community transition planning anchored in real time data)
  • To learn more about the successful and not-so-successful transition approaches in a selection of different communities
  • To understand “who is doing what” on transition issues, specifically through national collaborations/initiatives with goals of impacting local community transition
  • Peer sharing about the lessons attendees have learned through their investment strategies in community transition and what best practices have emerged
  • To understand what foundations have determined to have not worked in community transition

Convening Working Group

  • Megan Andros, Senior Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments
  • Barbara Bartle, President & CEO, Lincoln Community Foundation
  • Donald Cooke, Vice President of Philantropy, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Catharine Grimes, Director, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
  • William Lockwood, Program Officer, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust