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.
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.
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.