What We Do
What is a Just & Robust Community?

The Wagner Foundation works with communities to overcome economic, health, and institutional obstacles. Our support also incorporates investments in culture and education. This approach brings together needs that are pressing and obvious with those that are equally important, but often overlooked. Meeting immediate needs is necessary, but communities must also be given a chance to heal, grow, and express themselves. As all these things become possible, a full measure of justice can be imagined. Our vision of "Just and Robust" is about building communities that are not only prosperous and healthy, but centers of cultural vitality. Such communities ultimately benefit everyone by encouraging creative individuals to lead us all forward.

More About Our Approach

Focus Areas
Striving to Achieve
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Health Equity
Vital Community

Health is a basic individual right and an essential feature of stable, equitable communities. The Wagner Foundation supports long-term investments in quality healthcare infrastructure as a means to provide access to this right. This support includes the building of new hospitals, their maintenance, investments in public health, and the development of global healthcare networks. Historical exclusion of communities from adequate healthcare is profoundly destabilizing to society as a whole.

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Economic Mobility
Prosperous Community

The Wagner Foundation supports access to economic opportunity through education, training, apprenticeships, and other employment programs. To equip the next generation to find and create jobs of the future will require a creative approach to working with business partners, greater investments in training and skill-building, and strategic investments in educational opportunities.

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Institutional Fairness
Just Community

The Wagner Foundation supports institutional change in the interest of overcoming historical and cultural bias. This includes criminal justice reform, policies protecting basic human rights, equitable education opportunities, and programs which confront barriers to historically disenfranchised communities.

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Cultural Transformation
Robust Community

The Wagner Foundation is committed to encouraging creative, visionary individuals and arts institutions in expanding cultural access, and it supports individuals and communities exploring creative ideas that challenge convention. Not only does everyone have a right and responsibility to be creative, imagining and shaping our future is an inherently creative act.