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Looking for more information about the Siemer Institute and our efforts to help children gain stability? Reach out to us today by filling out the form below.

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    Columbus, Ohio 43205-1405
  • Siemer Institute Team Members

    • Kimberly Dorniden, President & National Executive Director
    • Amanda Wampler, National Operations Director
    • Dayna McCrary, National Program Director
    • Robyn Davis, National Analytics and Evaluation Director


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Siemer Institute’s mission is to invest in the potential of children through family stability. We apply a holistic two-generation (2Gen) approach to our work, supporting entire households so their children can thrive. We combat family instability in collaboration with community organizations nationwide, to whom we provide grant funding, empirical research, and networking opportunities. Our partners use these resources to provide their communities with eviction prevention services, financial guidance, healthcare access, and much more.

Who We Are Our Values

The Siemer Institute was founded by former schoolteacher Barbara Siemer, with the support of her husband, Al. In her classrooms, Barbara witnessed firsthand how detrimental switching schools was for students. In 2003, she developed a program with the United Way of Sarasota, as well as the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast. When the 2008 recession hit, she expanded her program to Columbus, Ohio, where it was formally launched as ‘The Siemer Institute’ in 2011. Since then, the Siemer Institute has partnered with 64 additional organizations nationwide.

More About Our History

Not at this time. Our grant application process is invite-only, and organizations must meet certain empirical standards to receive funding. 

We have partners in communities through 39 states. You can find the full list on our Partners page.

Our Partners

The Siemer Institute and the Siemer Family Foundation were both founded by Barbara and Al Siemer. However, the Siemer Institute issues grants and resources based on our distinct vision and empirical benchmarks, whereas the Siemer Institute Foundation issues grants to a variety of organizations at the Siemer family’s discretion. Siemer Family Foundation | The Columbus Foundation

To get more involved with the Siemer Institute, consider reaching out to our network of partners. Connecting with one of our partner organizations provides a valuable opportunity to understand the on-the-ground work and explore how you can contribute or engage further. While the Siemer Institute serves as the funder, our partners are the ones directly involved in executing programs and initiatives. By establishing a connection with them, you can gain insights into their activities and explore collaborative possibilities, ensuring your involvement aligns effectively with our mission and contributes meaningfully to the community.

Siemer Institute  Partners

We make it as easy as possible to donate to us. Visit our donation page for more details.

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We produce a variety of reports that highlight the work being done by our community partners, as well as best practices in achieving family stability in communities. We also offer access to valuable information, podcasts, videos and our regular Community of Practice meetings.

Our Resources

Yes, we are a 501(c)3 organization

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please reach out with details using the contact form above.

The Siemer Institute relies on a Shared Measurement Framework designed to comprehensively assess a family’s journey towards achieving stability. Our primary metrics encompass Housing Stability, Income Stability and School Stability.

We’re always excited to share the success we’ve seen in the communities we serve! Check out our Community Highlights page for details.

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Learn more about the Siemer Institute’s mission by checking out our page explaining what we do.

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