SLF believes breakthrough happens by working at the intersection of science, education, and the arts. Standing alone, each area fulfills a vital function. Standing together, they provide for the well-being of the earth and its people.
SLF acts as a “community engagement bridge,” connecting local and international groups to move forward with bold vision and actions to address and impact some of the most pressing needs facing our nation and the world.
All SLF programs and projects demonstrate the power of our guiding principles: collaboration, shared learning, innovation.
SLF Provides Value to our Community by:
Amplifying and elevating community voices first
Developing programs with precision to best meet needs
Moving fast to respond to pressing issues
Investing in the one unique gap that makes programs and research operational
Researching, connecting to experts, and sorting information to find leverage points
Consolidating the big picture and translating technical information into accessible materials
Racial Equity and Inclusion Statement:
The Samuel Lawrence Foundation is committed to standing for values of inclusion, equity, and justice, welcoming all people to live their lives with dignity, free of discrimination based on their faith, race, national origin, sexual preference, gender identity, or immigration status.
THE SLF MODEL
The Samuel Lawrence Foundation (SLF) strives to promote human interaction and encourage broader community access to science, education, and the arts. Behind every successful SLF project are creative ideas, persistent hope, and clear communications, which invite others to be inspired and contribute their talent. We achieve this work by connecting with our community’s knowledge and collaborating on solutions. Our collective impact among direct programs and fiscal sponsorees is a testament to the power of collaboration and encouragement.
We are a small and agile team that creates space for people to volunteer their expertise and explore issues, without constraints. This type of unstructured working group allows for people to get into an imaginative headspace where they can feel comfortable to dream big and solve generational problems.
Our nonconventional and flexible approach is attractive to a variety of people. SLF serves as an outlet for people in academia, industry, military, and community who seek ways to apply their knowledge in innovative and rapidly-deployed solutions. Together we create a patchwork of visionaries who otherwise would not have met or worked together. We operate as an open-sourced and intergenerational group that lacks any sense of hierarchy. Students, artists, retired CEOs, scientists, conservationists, and community advocates join around the table to discuss solutions to pressing issues. The benefit of our partnerships is a cross-pollination.
In cooperation with Head Start preschools, Dance Start provides creative movement instruction for socio-economically disadvantaged children.
SLF supports scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians from diverse backgrounds in a national photo exhibition.
"BRILLIANCE EXPOSED" PHOTO EXHIBITION
SLF offers enriching experiences in performing arts to youth and their families by providing them with tickets to music and dance performances.
OPEN DOOR FOR ART
Our deepest gratitude to the former staff members who were invaluable in our SLF mission.
Pilialoha Kilohana Estall
Slauka Lagewig Senkowski