March 2020 through December 2024
VISION: The local environment is protected for the wellbeing of future generations.
MISSION: To promote environmental stewardship, education and green recreation through grants and scholarships.
Definition of Terms
Local Environment: The watershed, lakes, streams, woodlands, open spaces and wildlife habitat in Enfield, Grantham, and Springfield, NH.
Wellbeing: a sense of balance among physical, emotional, and spiritual states.
Stewardship: The responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.
Education: Providing opportunities to learn about environmental and climate change challenges and how to work toward sustainable solutions.
Green Recreation: Environmentally friendly outdoor activities, individual or communal, which foster an appreciation for the natural world and increase the sense of well-being.
MAJOR AREA OF FOCUS 1: MISSION ADVANCEMENT
The Foundation will continue to fund grant proposals, scholarships, and to work collaboratively with other regional organizations whose work is consistent with ECF’s mission.
Goal A: PROGRAMS — Continue ECF sponsored programs.
Goal B: LAND CONSERVATION — Consider implementation of a land acquisition/conservation easement program in collaboration with local Land Trusts and conservation commissions to protect vulnerable acreage.
Goal C: GRANT MANAGEMENT — Continue mission-specific grant making in the region.
Goal D: PARTNERSHIPS — Actively pursue involvement in regional partnerships and collaborations that support ECF’s mission.
MAJOR AREA OF FOCUS 2: INTERNAL STRUCTURE
The Foundation will be well-managed and organized, with clear roles and responsibilities for each Trustee.
Goal A: OPERATION — Address internal operation of the Foundation.
Goal B: INTERNAL COMMUNICATION — Update and strengthen methods of internal electronic communication and document retention.
MAJOR AREA OF FOCUS 3: FINANCIAL SOLVENCY
The Eastman Charitable Foundation (ECF) will raise and manage funds responsibly to ensure continued support for on-going environmental and scholarship programs, and to ensure adequate funding is available for additional grant requests and new projects that fall within the Foundation’s mission.
Goal A: BUDGET — Establish formal budget process, adopting an annual budget for the calendar year, with a required cash on hand stipulation.
Goal B: SPECIAL PROJECTS — Trustees will determine the advantages/disadvantages of “project specific” fundraising on a case by case basis.
Goal C: FUNDRAISING — Establish and expand fundraising capacity.
Goal D: DONOR AND PUBLIC RELATIONS — Increase and update public relations methods and tracking.
Adopted: July, 2020