Research

Change begins by looking reality straight in the eye

The Rauch Foundation is the convener of the Long Island Index, which the Long Island Press described as “the most definitive status report on the quality of Long Island life.” The Index measures essential regional indicators and trends impacting our economy, housing, transportation, demographics, education, environment, government, and health. The Index does not advocate specific policies. Rather, our goal is to inspire clear, regional thinking about the future of Long Island.

Through our grantees, we also originate and fund specific research in our priority areas. We support studies being conducted under the auspices of academic institutions and organizations throughout the region. Often we are the primary funder, but we prefer to collaborate with other supporters to fund important work on children and families and the environment.

Learn more about the Long Island Index

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Communication

We embrace conversation and a public dialogue

Above all, we encourage our grantees and all people who care about their communities to keep learning and keep talking about critical issues. We convene groups of leaders, write on topics of importance to Long Island, and are frequently called upon to share our knowledge and expertise in public forums.

Some of our communications vehicles are ongoing efforts to encourage informed conversation and keep important issues in the public eye.

Long Island Index Infographics are featured in the Long Island Business News and repurposed by other publications and organizations. They provide a visual, information-rich snapshot of trends in population, housing, education, employment, transportation, and other regional issues and indicators.

Opinion columns from the Foundation’s President Nancy Douzinas and other Rauch Foundation professionals bring immediacy and passion to our focus on children and families, the environment and regional leadership.

Build a Better Burb is a website curated by the Long Island Index that brings together the best ideas from communities around the country. Developed for a design competition in 2010, the website has evolved into a site full of ideas, photographs, images, designs, and “how-to” manuals — an inspiring palette of possibilities on everything from parking to affordable housing.

Learn more at the Knowledge Center

Grantmaking

We look for game-changing ideas and organizations

Grantmaking is core to the mission of the Rauch Foundation. In addition to awarding grants for specific projects, we make long-term investments in people and organizations with the potential to lead systemic change. Once we invest in the work of an organization, our involvement may include assistance with capacity building and leadership.

We are not afraid of controversial ideas, original approaches, or new ways to tackle old problems. We do look for sound data, strong management skills, and a focus on proven outcomes.

The Foundation invests in organizations and activities that support young children and families, and that protect and improve the environment on Long Island and in Maryland. Our current area of focus for our environmental programs is on water resources and quality.

Learn more about our funding priorities