Our Beliefs

Mission Statement

Our mission is to change lives by assisting people to achieve greater self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, providing them with tools to help them help themselves. This mission is bounded by our values of integrity, bringing business discipline to nonprofits, being entrepreneurial and creative, and our commitment to have an investment approach that seeks to get the highest social return we can from every grant or PRI we make. In addition to fulfilling this mission, we hope that each of our grants or PRI’s captures something in our hearts as well.

We believe that:

  1. Nonprofit organizations can benefit from the application of business discipline, business approaches, and a focus on customer service. Program-related investments are an effective means of achieving this discipline. We invest in people and programs rather than simply make grants.

  2. The best investments for us are in people: to equip them to advance economically, to achieve their full, human potential, and to provide for themselves and their families.

  3. In almost all cases, optimal decisions about individual welfare can be made by the individual himself. Individuals, families, and small businesses are better equipped to make decisions about their resource allocation than government or other large bureaucracies. Therefore, we aim to channel resources ultimately to individuals and small organizations.

  4. Expanding access to high-quality education is fundamental to the continuance of the American democracy and our technological creativity.

  5. The encouragement of entrepreneurship is the best regional economic development policy.

  6. Other things being equal, competition improves resource allocation and service delivery.

  7. Integrity, honesty, kindness, and open interaction are fundamental to building the trust necessary to accomplish positive social change.

  8. Environmental sustainability and minimal detrimental environmental impact are important considerations for us in any activity we undertake.

  9. Those who have received from society have an obligation to give back to it.

Bart Holaday

Other Foundations Share Their Values

John T. Vucurevich Foundation
Rapid City, S.D.
(Excerpt from www.jtvf.org)

Since the foundation bears his name, its ideals and objectives are those most deeply held by John Vucurevich. John would say, “I’m not better than and no less then anyone else. You don’t give until it hurts, you give until it feels good.” John believed a person was a success if you treated people the way you would want to be treated. Be fair, tell the truth, and be honest. The values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and inclusiveness will be carried on through his foundation.

Argosy Foundation
Milwaukee, Wis.
(Excerpt from www.argosyfnd.org)

In the case of the nautilus shell (the Argosy Foundation logo), as it grows, it does so in perfect proportionality: it achieves balance from its change. Understanding change in this way–pursuing it with the most constructive, beneficial results in mind–is a helpful guide for the Argosy Foundation‘s philanthropy. Through a combination of humility, continuous learning, and