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The Special Opportunities Program gives the Foundation a measure of flexible funding with which to respond to important opportunities outside or across the Foundation’s core giving programs, or to develop new ideas and promote innovation in how the Foundation and its grantees operate.

The Special Opportunities fund is used to support: 

  • Innovative solutions to complex policy issues aligning with our program areas.
  • Public engagement strategies that include public opinion research and/or efforts to mobilize action around our priority issues. 
  • One-time programs and/or events that address a timely and critical issue in our region. 
  • The philanthropic sector.

(Please note that Joyce media grant making transitioned from Special Opportunities to the Democracy Program as of January 2018.)

Get updates on our work in Special Opportunities and other programs

What We Fund

We focus on initiatives that make an impact on the Great Lakes region.

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