Someone once said that “good plans shape good decisions’. As a Foundation, we know that our decisions regarding use of resources impact many organizations, individuals and communities so it is essential that good planning is an integral part of our process.
2010 was a year focused on planning, specifically the development of a strategic plan that would assist the Board as it makes decisions regarding the resources that Mr. Johnson so generously left to the Foundation. The Board worked through a series of assessments and internal reviews leading to a strategic planning session culminating into a final plan. The resulting strategic plan for 2010-2011 identifies key goals, action steps, timeframes and a means of measuring the progress of our work. We are excited about the strategic plan that has been developed yet realize that it is only the beginning of an on-going process of planning and review that will continue to inform good decision making.
The Lloyd K Johnson Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship program had an eventful year with four seniors from Cook County High School awarded Post-Secondary Scholarships, one recipient from 2009 awarded a Renewal Scholarship and three recipients from 2008 awarded a Second Renewal. All Scholarships were awarded to students to attend Lake Superior College in Duluth. We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to students from Grand Marais and are very proud of the good academic performance that these recipients have shown!
In addition to the scholarship program, the Foundation awarded $680,289 in grants to nonprofit organizations on the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Marais in our areas of interest of: Arts & Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment and Social Welfare. We also welcomed one new Board member, Scott Harrison, who will join the Foundation Board beginning in 2011.
2010 was a pivotal year for the Foundation and we look forward to a series of planned “listening sessions” along the North Shore in 2011 to better understand the needs of these communities.
Listening, understanding and engaging in sound planning based on our mission and values, that’s how we hope to continue to “significantly improve the quality of life in North Shore communities”.