The Henry M. Jackson Foundation began strategic planning several years ago, to determine how best to use its resources to pursue its mission. Ultimately, there were three rounds of planning, with a different consultant and focus for each process, all of which were driving to how the Jackson Foundation could have the greatest impact going forward. During this time, there were many changes in the organization, including a new Board structure, a significant number of new members joining the Board from the Jackson Leadership Fellows Network, and new leadership.
The following is a result of the work of the third and final round of strategic planning, which built on the work of the previous two. This third stage was conducted in two phases, and the work was done by a Working Group made up of volunteers from the Board, and Foundation staff. It was facilitated and supported by Diane Douglas.
The following strategic plan documents these decisions and creates a roadmap for the Foundation to pursue its mission in the coming 3-5 years.
Goal 1: Invest in values-based leadership in public and civic life
• Strong, diverse leaders who use the Jackson leadership values* in public, private and civic leadership
• Jackson leadership values* promoted to younger, diverse generations
• Empowered climate change and human rights leaders
Goal 2: Push to limit global temperature rise to 1.5oC to address the climate crisis, in order to preserve life and the global environment
• Targeted awareness of the increased threats posed by the climate crisis, and of potential solutions
• Domestic policies adopted consistent with limiting temperature rise to 1.5oC by the year 2050, including accelerated transition to clean energy
Goal 3: Advance human rights and international affairs education, with special emphasis on Russia and China
• Strengthened connection between researchers and policymakers in seeking solutions to real world issues of international significance
• Nonpartisan analysis made available to policymakers regarding the importance of the Global Magnitsky Act, particularly in light of its scheduled sunset in 2022
Goal 4: Continuously improve operations for staff and board to support our mission while embodying the Jackson leadership values
• Strong Board and staff governance procedures and policies
• Responsible financial strategy developed and implemented to resource our strategic plan
• Annual work plan and evaluation process for our strategic plan
Goal 5: Incorporate anti-racist practices in all aspects of the Foundation’s work to ensure that the Foundation advances equity, inclusion, and justice
• Equity assessment completed, plan developed to incorporate anti-racism into the Foundation’s work and processes, and reviewed annually
• Anti-racist principles and values continuously incorporated into all activities of the Foundation, including hiring, contracting, governance, operations, grant making and program activities, informed by our equity plan