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Special Opportunities Program

Exploring and Amplifying Critical Issues in the Great Lakes Region in Support of Program Goals


Special Opportunities

Supporting communications-oriented projects that enhance public understanding of the Foundation’s issues, projects that bridge two or more of the Foundation’s programs, or projects that reflect concern for social equity or regional cooperation.

Our Approach

Special Opportunities

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.

Special Opportunities fund is used to explore or support:

  • Communications and media-related grants to raise the visibility of Joyce issues and grantees with policy makers, journalists, and opinion leaders
  • Efforts to help Joyce grantees use new media tools for education and engagement
  • Exploration of cross-programmatic innovations

Latest News From The Special Opportunities Program

3/24/2014 12:07:00 PM

President Promotes Jobs Training At Valencia Community College

First Aspen Prize winner represents what’s best in community colleges.

10/2/2013 2:46:00 PM

MDRC Releases College Match Practitioner Brief

Strategies high school counselors can use to help increase the number of high-achieving, low-income students who plan to attend selective colleges.

9/24/2013 11:49:00 AM

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Opinion: College Contest Shows Why Prizes Aren’t a Silly Fad

The following op-ed was published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy on September 22, 2013


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