The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (Bechtel) was founded by Stephen Bechtel, Jr. in the 1950s and made the decision to close by the end of 2020. At the time this decision was made, the Foundation, which had long focused its support on California water and land conservation and K-12 education, decided to undertake a large national initiative to improve youth character development. This was a new area for Bechtel, both geographically and thematically. The challenge was to design, implement, and complete a time-limited four-year initiative.