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Alyson Ferguson, MPH
Chief Operating Officer

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Vice President of Learning & Community Impact

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Caitlin O'Brien, MPH
Director of Learning & Community Impact

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Moving on from the Scattergood Innovation Award

Feb 17, 2021

Upon reflection and consideration, we have decided not to move forward with our annual Scattergood Innovation Award. We did not come to this decision lightly, as we have deeply enjoyed getting to know innovators in behavioral health from around the country. We have learned immensely from you all.

The Scattergood Innovation Award was developed to recognize and support innovation in behavioral health across the country. From 2013 through 2019, the Foundation received more than 450 nominations and awarded a total of $175,000 to seven innovative programs across the country. In 2017, the Scattergood Foundation launched a partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health. In the new and transformational partnership, the Foundation moved to a new application and voting platform, included a video component to the application, provided finalists with opportunities to promote their programs at the National Council’s annual conference, and celebrated the winners in new and exciting ways. In 2019, we completed our searchable Innovations Database, which houses 184 innovative program submissions from across the country and will continue to live on our website.

In early 2020, we had planned to re-imagine the Scattergood Innovation Award. We hoped to build on the convening element of the Award program, have a more involved role for judges, and focus more specifically on youth-serving programs. But true to 2020, those plans have not exactly come to fruition.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring unprecedented challenges with implications for health, the economy, education, social services, and more. While no one community has been unaffected, the impacts of COVID-19 have disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, and People of Color at every turn. Last summer, the death of George Floyd sparked protests and civil unrest as our nation engaged in a desperately-needed conversation on race, racism, and racial justice. The impact of these events on mental health and addiction are significant.

In light of these challenges, we are seeing our programs in a new light. We have asked ourselves: 

  • How does this program recognize and challenge the historic and systemic inequalities that disadvantage and marginalize individuals, organizations, and communities?
  • How does this program share power responsibly?
  • How does this program listen to and elevate the voice of those who are often unheard?
  • How does this program bring together diverse agents of change?
  • How does this program accelerate improvement in programs, organizations, and systems

So, as we sought to answer these questions about the Scattergood Innovation Award, we realized that the program no longer moves the Scattergood Foundation forward in our expressed mission

But Philanthropy is notorious for abandoning programs as soon as they start them, and we assure you that we intend to carry forward the many lessons we’ve learned through the seven years of offering this award program. These lessons include:

  • There are incredibly creative people working in the social impact sector who need and deserve investment. 
  • Small, grassroots organizations hold deep connections to their communities.
  • From technology advancements to altering a program model for a new and specific population – innovation comes in all different forms. 
  • Providing an unrestricted award can be transformational for an organization. 
  • Convening partners helps to build new relationships and spark collaboration. 
  • Using online, public voting to select a winner creates challenges related to security, engagement, and power imbalances. 
  • The inclusion of a short, simple video in an application process can bring a program to life in a powerful way. 

In the coming weeks, we will share a new grant program that integrates our core values, draws on lessons learned from the Scattergood Innovation Award, and aligns our thought leadership with our grantmaking. It is our hope that this program will more effectively serve our community in order to shift the paradigm and practice for behavioral health, and recognize the unique spark and basic dignity in every human.