The foundation places special emphasis on the areas of education, religion, children and advocacy for children, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and a favorable business environment. In carrying out its work, the foundation is guided by the values of excellence and compassion. The foundation invests in innovative ventures as well as established community programs that have the potential to make a lasting difference. It provides seed money to start new programs as well as general funds to expand or improve services offered by established agencies. The foundation also helps organizations within its community become more self-sufficient and efficient through strategic planning, increasing management capacity and board development, in order to better serve community needs.