The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in Boise, Idaho, has announced that it awarded grants totaling $34 million in 2014 to nonprofit organizations in the state.
The total includes several year-end grants that represent a shift in the family foundation's giving strategy. They include grants of $4 million to the South YMCA project, $1.3 million to refurbish Rhodes Park, and $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. In 2015, the foundation plans to shift the focus of its grantmaking from Idaho students, educators, and schools, in which it has invested almost $700 million since 1997, to an overall focus on learning and community investments.
Over the past five years, the foundation, which was established by grocery store mogul Joe Albertson and his wife, Kathryn, piloted several direct education initiatives that benefited tens of thousands of students in the state, including Go On Idaho, the Khan Academy in Idaho, the Doceõ Centers for Innovation + Learning, and the Idaho PTECH Network. Going forward, the foundation will continue to fund versions of programs it piloted while also supporting transparency and accountability in Idaho's public education system through increased funding of awareness initiatives such as Idaho Education News and Idaho Education Trends, and publications like the ReThink Series.
"Our focus is learning," said Albertson Foundation president Jamie MacMillan, who is Joe Albertson's great-granddaughter. "And learning can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone — not just in the classroom."