Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation Continues Efforts to Evolve and Increase Impact on Salem Youth through Partnership with Walter Rand Institute
Since the early days of the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation, we have always sought to find new ways to extend our impact to reach more children in Salem. What began as a Foundation that focused almost exclusively on providing scholarships to a select few students has now grown to a Foundation that provides Acorn Fund college savings accounts and support for student programs and to local organizations that deliver educational benefits to students throughout Salem.
As part of that commitment to enhance the way we serve Salem youth, we have partnered with the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden (WRI) to evaluate our current offerings but also to identify new ways to expand our programs and reach within the Salem community. WRI is an applied research and public service center at Rutgers Camden whose goal is to address issues impacting residents and communities in southern New Jersey. Across more than 20 years of this work, WRI works to help organizations like the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation develop new partnerships and become more effective in their work.
Recently, WRI shared with us a report that takes a look at our history and the impact we’ve made so far. This report also highlights a number of opportunities for us to build upon our success and take our efforts even further. While we are still in the process of working with WRI to identify the initiatives that can help us deliver the greatest impact to young people in Salem, this report is an exciting step in the future growth of our Foundation.
In the next few months, we will be working with WRI to bring to life some of the best practices they’ve identified. Our mission at the Foundation is to inspire, educate, and empower Salem youth. Our partnership with WRI will help us achieve that mission in greater and more meaningful ways.
We look forward to sharing more about our progress soon!