grant process.

Beginning in October of 2017, the Foundation will institute new grant-making technology and a new timeline for our process.  Please read about our process below.

Grant requests are reviewed by invitation only.  Organizations that have extensively reviewed our priorities and past grants and believe themselves to be a strong fit with the Foundation’s goals can submit a very brief summary of their work HERE.  Please do not call the Foundation to inquire about submitting a proposal.  Foundation staff will review all summaries but may not be able to respond in person to each inquiry.  Organizations that have received funding in the past do not need to submit an inquiry form.

In January and early February of each year, Foundation staff will contact those organizations from which we would like to receive a Letter of Inquiry.  Letters of Inquiry will be accepted through our online grants management platform only and will be due by March 1st. Interim reports from the past year’s grantees will also be due at this time.

By mid-April of each year, Foundation staff will contact all organizations that will be invited to submit a full proposal.  The proposals will be submitted online and will be due by May 15th.  Site visits with organizations that are new to the Foundation will be conducted throughout May and June.  Final reports from the past year’s grantees will be due by June 30th.

After the site visits, we will evaluate all information received in accordance with the grant guidelines and Foundation values to make the final selections.  Grant recipients will be notified by an invitation to attend an annual celebratory event in August or September of each year.

After each grant is awarded, we will monitor its impact through regular site visits and reports over the duration of funding.  We strive to measure our successes (and missteps) so that we can apply what we learn to future grant-making.  If an organization is selected for a grant, they will be eligible to apply for renewal for 1 to 2 additional years.  Once an organization has received multiple years of funding, they will be asked to refrain from applying again for the next several years so the Foundation can use its limited resources to support other organizations.

guidelines.

We take great care in investing Foundation resources responsibly and scrutinize every request for funding.  We do not make grants to political campaigns or legislative lobbying efforts and aside from scholarships, we do not provide direct support to individuals.

In general, we look for projects that utilize resources to improve the lives of a large number of people, particularly in areas that have been long neglected.  We also look for projects that aim to make great positive change to ongoing systemic problems.

The following is what we look for in our grant making process.

Projects should:

  • Should address an immediate need;
  • Produce measureable outcomes ;
  • Propose significant and sustainable change; and
  • Leverage support from other sources (i.e., form partnerships with other nonprofits, government  agencies, etc.)

Eligibility:

  • Organizations must qualify as 501(c)(3) entities under the Internal Revenue Service code.
  • Funding for special projects, capital campaigns and operating expenses will be considered.
  • Funding requests for endowments will not be considered.