We fund organizations and projects which disrupt our current behavioral health space and create impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.
We support local grassroots organizations that are working to advance recommendations outlined in the Think Bigger Do Good Policy Series.
Our participatory grantmaking alters the traditional process of philanthropic giving by empowering service providers and community-based organizations to define the strategy around a specific issue area or population.
We provide funds at below-market interest rates that can be particularly useful to start, grow, or sustain a program, or when results cannot be achieved with grant dollars alone.
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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:
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:
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.