Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings from Better Way

In 2015, Better Way Foundation invested in innovative approaches, established new networks and advanced evaluation to measure impact. Below are highlights from these important priority areas. We are humbled by the opportunity to fund locally-driven solutions and look forward to the promise of continued collaboration in 2016.


Served Children

In Lesotho, the first phase of the Catholic Relief Services-led ‘Whose Child is This’ project reached conclusion, having delivered early childcare and development services to more than 5,000 children, engaged more than 9,500 caregivers in parental trainings, opened 48 pre-schools across three project sites and developed a national-level policy to inform programming by the Ministry of Education. Read more.


Supported Networks

The American Indian Catholic Schools Networkhosted its first annual professional development conference, bringing together more than 50 teachers, administrators, development staff and other stakeholders to share best practices. Read more.


Funded Collaboration

Better Way’s Tanzania partners found new ways to collaborate, coming together to receive training and participate in field visits to each other’s project sites. The convening laid the foundation for the group’s new Partners’ Coalition, which will continue building relationships, leveraging expertise and maximizing impact in northwestern Tanzania and beyond. Read more.


Strengthened Student Support

City Connects, a model of student support pioneered for young children through Better Way funding, received approval for expansion to the Twin Cities through a partner foundation. This will bring a coordinated, comprehensive and evidence-based student support approach to more than five Catholic schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area over the next three years. Read more.