Most of the foundation''s grants are made within three main program areas: Asset Building and Community Development; Peace and Social Justice; and Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom. Each is led by a vice president responsible for grant-making directors and program officers who work in the United States and 12 overseas offices. Grants are made in 13 key fields.
In addition to grant making through our main program areas, we occasionally undertake major initiatives that reflect elements of all our programs. These Signature Initiatives usually require significant funding over a period of years in an effort to make a groundbreaking impact in a particular area. Many of our Signature Initiatives—including GrantCraft and the International Fellowships Program—have evolved into stand-alone organizations.
In two regions where we do not maintain offices, we have formed partnerships with organizations whose work coincides with our interests. Our long-term support for Israel and Eastern Europe has been expanded through the significant work of the New Israel Fund in Jerusalem and the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria.