The D. L. Alexander Foundation

Part philanthropic charity, part lobbyist group, part non-governmental think tank, The D. L. Alexander Foundation is considered a leading organization in the fields of psychology and education. Known widely for its mental health and well-being clinics and community education centres, it has a reputation for excellence of care and compassion when dealing with the victims of mental illness and their families. Indeed, many of the programs at the various community-based Alexander Clinics and the Alexander House are considered ground-breaking, their success rates notably higher than at other facilities around the country.

Beyond that, the Foundation is recognized for the excellence of its educational facilities, ranging from schools for gifted and talented children to a degree-granting college affiliated with the University of London. Further, it has collected an impressive number of experts from a wide variety of fields together in a pan-discipline think tank — The Alexander Institute.

What Anyone Can Find Out

The official media backgrounder and the official website on the Foundation gives a fair overview of the organization's public work. The general overview covers the following points:

  • The Foundation was established in 1968 by Kevin V. Alexander, a notable London financier-cum-philanthropist, after the loss of his sister, Desdemona, in 1966, to mental illness;
  • It started as a single clinic, The Alexander Clinic, in the heart of downtown London;
  • Its mission began as one to provide a safe haven for people with mental illness or severe mental distress, where they can learn the coping skills they need to manage their unique psyches so they may live and work comfortably in mainstream society;
  • By the mid-70's, Alexander Clinics had begun appearing all across the UK.
  • In 1976, the first clinic, which had outgrown its initial operation, relocated to a larger space, which became the first of the Alexander Centres;
    • This new Centre was located in a former Victorian rowhouse complex the Foundation spent millions of dollars on redeveloping in order to accommodate expanded, independent living quarters for its community of patients, partners, and friends, and would become a model of integrated community living ahead of its time;
    • Subsequent clinics would quickly follow the pattern of the first such that, now, it is normal for Alexander Centres to sit at the heart of unique enclave communities designed to appeal to the larger neighbourhoods in which they are located, carefully preserving a sense of neighbourliness while maintaining a sense of separateness.
  • The late-70's are, thus, a time of community-building in which partners and supporters who are not patients are also encouraged to become part of the 'Alexander family' as associates, volunteers, and other members of the enclave communities;
  • Alexander expands the Foundation's mission charter, in 1978, to include public education and legal reform;
  • Also in 1978, the first Alexander House is opened in London's east end, as a group home for displaced youth — many of whom suffer from mental illnesses or other social dysfunctions the Foundation specializes in treating;
    • This eventually leads to a fostering program as well, for at-risk-children who can't or don't wish to remain in the group home setting;
  • 1979 would see the formation of The Alexander Institute, a pan-discipline, non-governmental think tank dedicated to issues of mental health and well-being, public education, ethics in medicine and psychology, and related technologies;
  • In 1980, the Alexander Academy, an independent boarding school for gifted and talented youngsters, was formed;
    • The school is located on the Alexander family's former mansion grounds in London, along the Thames;
    • Its main building is called Alexander Hall;
  • By 1985, the Alexander Foundation had joined with the University of London to enable the newly accredited Alexander College to offer university degrees to its students — many of whom were former Clinic patients or graduates of the Alexander Academy;
  • In 1990 Alexander Tower was raised in the midst of London's main financial district;
  • The Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary in the Spring of 2008 with a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of what would become The Alexander Sanctuary;
  • The Sanctuary has its ribbon-cutting ceremony in Autumn 2010.

Primary Holdings

  • Alexander Tower — Situated in downtown London, near the Gherkin, the Foundation's head office;
  • The Alexander Clinic — 17 clinics across the UK and Ireland, plus 11 internationally;
  • The Alexander Centre — 9 communities across the UK and Ireland, 5 internationally;
  • The Alexander Academy — independent school (including boarding) located in the heart of the City of London;
    • Includes Alexander Hall as its central building;
  • Alexander College — near King's Cross in London;
  • Alexander House — 7 group homes across the UK and Ireland, plus 5 internationally;
  • The Alexander Sanctuary — private conference centre on a large estate southwest of London.

What Insiders Know

Restricted Knowledge

Note:
This information is provided as a courtesy to those players that want some idea of the wider scope of the story. On most games, this sort of information is kept secret from the players and doled out only on a need-to-know basis27. However, we, as a staff, have often found that, as players, we prefer to know what all the different options are and where things might go, so we know what sorts of things our characters could ultimately explore. This section, then, is meant to facilitate that for our players.

If we find the information contained here is being abused, it will be removed and censures will be applied against the player or players abusing it.

You have been warned.

Character Hooks

The following are a few ideas that you might draw from or recombine to connect your character to the Foundation, if you wish.

  • A Psychic who has been helped some way by the Foundation;
    • A current30 or former resident of Alexander House;
      • An orphan or children's aid placement;
      • A juvenile offender paced in Foundation care;
    • A current31 or former student of the Alexander Academy;
    • A current or former student of Alexander College;
    • A current or former patient of the Alexander Clinic;
    • A current or former resident of the Alexander Centre or other Foundation-related Psychic enclave community;
  • A Psychic who is currently employed by the Foundation, its institutions, or related Alexander group companies;
    • doctors, therapists, and clinicians or clinical assistants;
    • office staff and administrative help;
    • PR staff;
    • HR staff;
    • maintenance, operations, or facilities workers;
    • researchers and research assistants;
    • management staff32;
    • security personnel;
    • teachers, trainers, instructors, and teaching assistants;
    • anyone that might be hired out as a consultant by Psi Corp33;

Footnotes

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License