“What stands out in 2021 is the resilience and determination of our many grantee partners all around the world, as they contended with myriad headwinds beyond the SARS-COVID-19 virus,” Arcus CEO Annette Lanjouw says. “Numerous critical shifts facing humanity and the natural world have the potential, both independently and collectively, to change the world in dramatic ways.”
Our 2021 annual report showcases what we have learned to date from multi-year strategies currently pursued by the foundation and grantee partners working toward LGBTQ social justice and conservation of great apes and gibbons.
This year’s report, available to download below, includes a video conversation with our CEO and our founder, features by our social justice program vice president and our director of executive initiatives, and case studies highlighting outcomes of monitoring and evaluation by our Social Justice and Great Apes & Gibbons programs teams.
It is only by listening to our grantee and funder partners that we can create impact through our grantmaking, Social Justice Program Vice President Cindy Rizzo explains.
Director of Executive Initiatives Lia Parifax explains how Arcus adopted practices that enhance decision-making, increase efficiency, and strengthen our partnerships.
Social Justice Program Case Studies
The Social Justice Program’s 2017 strategy articulated three goals, identified 12 countries of the Americas and Africa in which grantmaking is focused, and launched a 10-year plan for achieving the goals. Progress toward these goals is tracked using a system of indicators.
In 2021, the program conducted its second internal evaluation of the implementation of this strategy. Three case studies are featured below.
Great Apes & Gibbons Program Case Studies
The Great Apes & Gibbons Program’s learning is based on a monitoring and evaluation system in which we gather and analyze data from a variety of sources—grantees, conservationists in the field and in academic settings, and relevant databases—to measure progress along specific indicators and milestones against three program goals.
In 2021, the program conducted its second internal evaluation of its 2016 strategy implementation. Two case studies are featured below.
Supporting Resilience throughout the Pandemic
While continuing to provide increased flexibility in administration of grants, Arcus awarded an additional $1 million to support the resilience of existing grantees facing unprecedented challenges amid the public health, social inequity, and economic crises. These grants helped recipients to collaborate within and across sectors, and to build skills and preparedness.
Thank you to our grantees, partners, and friends who contributed to the content of Arcus in 2021.Credits