Grantmaking Program Areas

The Hobbs Foundation's 2017-2018 grant cycle marked an increased focus on strategic charitable giving by allocating capital directly to those programs that encourage a path to academic achievement, family stability, economic security, and personal fulfillment. We identify high-performing organizations that are expansion capable, initiate innovative strategies, and demonstrate a rigorous approach to outcome evaluation and organizational capacity. Hobbs Foundation grantees and community partners exhibit high-impact responsiveness directed by a comprehensive understanding of the instruments of poverty and instability for children and families in Florida.

Our approach to grantmaking is targeted to: 

Increased support for organizations stewarding the consortium of child welfare services that provide early, critical interventions. These organizations have the capacity to address the specific psychological, emotional and developmental needs of children who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment. 

Support for organizations that employ evidence-based therapeutic interventions in addressing the specific needs of children who have experienced childhood psychological stress. These interventions work to mitigate the marginalizing affects inhibiting executive cognitive function and intellectual development as well as the ability to develop healthy emotional coping strategies and positive interpersonal relationships. Programs seek to implement effective strategies in facilitating permanent placement with a personal commitment to children living in out-of-home care.

Intervention in the reduction of negative outcomes for children and youth with family instability, psychological stress, and lack of positive adult role models; poverty and dependency, unemployment, incarceration, unstable living situations, relationships and family life, economic immobility, homelessness and socio-emotional difficulties.  

Increase support for organizations that demonstrate a critical understanding of their role in fostering long-term impact toward economic and social prosperity, addressing not only financial limitations to opportunity, but the socio-cultural mechanisms at the source of generational poverty and uncertainty for children and families.  These organizations display personal commitment to the development of children and youth that reinforces positive attitudes about the importance of individual purpose and civic responsibility.