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Strategic Plan

Since adopting the Foundations’ first Strategic Plan in January 2008, individual citizens and agencies have worked with the Foundations of East Chicago to make positive impacts in the community.

We have hosted open Town Meetings to present the Strategic Plan and nonprofit solutions designed to advance our Mission and improve our community. We had held grantee program update meetings to inform the community about specific programs which were available to all residents and conduct site visits to funded agencies to enlighten our staff and Foundation membership regarding initiatives and their impact in the community.


The goals we set for FEC as a result of the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan include three critical community priorities:

  • Education/Job Training
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Community Enrichment

The Strategic Plan also identifies two operational and outreach priorities:

  • Maximizing the impact of investments through stronger grantee organizations who measure their program outcomes

  • A strong and dynamic connection between the Foundations and all segments of the community.

Download the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan Here


To augment the Strategic Plan, we note other work which may help our grantees do their job and advance their Mission. These include:

  • Collective Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review) which addressed developing a multi-agency approach to solving complex issues by aligning agencies to set common goals and using operational concepts which permit the transfer and sharing of program participants so they can realize greater benefit from collaborated initiatives. Download this study.(pdf, 1.6 MB)

  • Sustaining Improved Outcomes: A Toolkit (S. Thomas, D. Zahn) which offers ideas and examples on ways nonprofits can develop and operate to address sustained benefit from programs they offer a community.Download this toolkit. (pdf, 1.3 MB)

Reports such as these can help our funded agencies improve their ability to strengthen our community and attain sustainable, higher quality lives.

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