The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation will make three types of investments within this Initiative: Direct Service (Program Support), Capacity Building & Collaboration, and Systems Change.
1. Direct Service (Program Support): Projects selected for direct service investments will
answer the question; what positive gains will occur for individual participants or
communities? Projects include new or existing programs that work directly with
incarcerated or formally incarcerated individuals, employers, or community members to
2. Capacity & Collaboration Building: Projects selected for capacity and collaboration building
investments will answer the question; how will your organization and/or other
organizations be different and what will this enable you and/or them to do better? How will
collaboration improve effectiveness or efficiency while improving results for incarcerated
and formally incarcerated individuals’ lives? Projects include efforts that strengthen the
existing capacity and/or collaboration of reentry organizations to achieve results.
3. Systems Change: Projects selected for systems change investments will answer the
question; how will your work inform change on a macro-level, including influencing policy
or changing service provider practices? Projects include awareness efforts, research and
advocacy efforts that lead to positive changes by state and local lawmakers including district
attorneys, judges, sheriffs, wardens, and probation and parole officers.
Together with The Rensselaerville Institute (TRI), the Wilson Foundation has created a framework for how to best achieve the reentry results the Foundation is most interested. This framework consists of two elements: a Strategic Map and Results Trails.
The Strategic Map for the Reentry Initiative connects the overarching strategy to impact; links organizational efforts to desired results; defines organizations results in terms of time-bound changes in behavior or condition for key stakeholders; and identifies the organization's contribution toward those results.
The Results Trails provide a continuum of results reflecting changes in behavior or condition of those being supported or influenced; reflect programs and projects as what 'goes in' to get participants to result achievement; differentiate expected versus aspirational results; enables staff or grantees to 'connect in' by identifying the results they achieve in their specific work; and become the basis for result metrics that all projects and programs report against throughout the year.
Result trails are tailored to each stakeholder group: