Values and Guiding Principles

Our Values, Guiding Principles and Core Competencies reflect how we approach our work:


  • Transparent and ethical in all decisions and actions to earn the public’s trust
  • Embrace the many forms of diversity, including ethnic, cultural, racial, religious, sexual orientation, economic status, physical ability, age and gender
  • Passionate in our pursuit of excellence



  • Identify and advocate for vulnerable populations
  • Support innovative strategies to address unmet community health needs
  • Build on existing assets
  • Strengthen capacity of grantee agencies so that they operate more efficiently and effectively
  • Continuously measure our efforts to ensure impact and improve performance



  • Serve as a civic leader that acts as a catalyst, convener and communicator
  • Form collaborative relationships
  • Advocate for policy change
  • Be a responsible steward of charitable assets