The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) have announced a $4.85 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies in support of a data tool designed to assess the capacity of communities to address the needs of veterans returning to civilian life.
The Local Partner Self-Assessment Tool (LPSAT) will gather data from a network of more than a hundred partner collaboratives serving an estimated fifteen million veterans across forty-two states. The first project under Newmark Philanthropies' multiyear, data-driven Next Chapter initiative, LPSAT will gather information on organizational objectives and priorities, stakeholder engagement, and operational capacity. The data collected through the tool will then be evaluated to determine whether available local resources are meeting the needs of veterans, while foundations, scholars, policy makers, and local leaders will be invited to access it via the NVI website to inform their veterans-related decisions.
With the gift, the Woodruff Foundation also will establish a Craig Newmark Fellowship in support of the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information related to veterans and the challenges of the post-9/11 military.
"Veterans don't return home to federal agencies or nonprofits; they return home to communities," said NVI president Nancy Berglass. "Thanks to a transformational gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, LPSAT will provide unique and critically important insight on the challenges these local communities face as they strive to honor our nation's social contract with those who have served."