Foundation Development Roadmap

As a newly-established research support organization, The Ingersoll Foundation must perform many activities to succeed, both internal and with the engagement of outside parties. The following activities are among those we currently consider necessary for success (the need for others will become apparent as development progresses), and they define our working development roadmap:

We must...

  1. Network with professionals in the fields of neurology, neuroscience and the various mental health disciplines to identify persons interested in or willing to work with The Foundation, or to inform others in their networks of or work.

  2. Identify and enlist the core management team, including the Foundations directors and officers.

  3. Identify core questions with potential mental health, neurological, neurological science and ethical implications arising from presentation, as factual, of ideological or dogmatic concepts, beliefs and other information to pre-adolescent children (outside the scope of the "standard" academic subjects such as mathematics, science, language skills, evidence-based history, fine arts, etc.) before those children have developed the capacity to evaluate their credibility on the basis of reason.

  4. Complete and file the necessary forms and documents to establish the Foundation as a recognized not-for-profit entity within the State of Illinois.

  5. Complete and file the necessary forms and documents to establish the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

  6. Identify and and enlist a board of credentialed advisors (formally or informally) to evaluate these questions and determine whether they have sufficient grounding in science to warrant further consideration, need revision or clarification to establish that grounding or are unwarranted and should be dismissed. 

  7. Create draft requirements and supporting documents for proposal submission, consideration and approval based on best practices followed by other grant-making foundations.

  8. Identify and enlist a permanent Proposal Standards and Review Board to review and make any necessary changes to the draft proposal requirements and to set guidelines for the proposal solicitation, review and funding recommendation process.

  9.  Identify potential donors likely to contribute to the Foundation and initiate discussions with them to encourage them to support the work of the Foundation.

  10. Establish a threshold level of funding availability required before consideration.

  11. Publish requirements for funding proposals.

  12. Receive and review funding proposals.

  13. Fund proposed research projects based on their satisfaction based on the the degree to which they meet the proposal guidelines and the availability of funds held by the Foundation.

  14. Monitor and review use of funds by recipients.