Grant Guidelines

The grant guidelines provide background information about the minimum requirements that must be met to be eligible for us to consider your grant application. The grant deadlines provide detailed information about the schedules and deadlines of the grant application process. The grant guidelines and deadlines are subject to change.

The foundation is focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes although our interests are fairly diverse and may lead us into other areas on an occasional basis. We make both program and operating grants and do not have any geographic restrictions on our grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants.

Grants Made by the Foundation

The foundation makes grants to US based qualified charitable organizations. To date we have funded organizations that address the following areas of interest:
 

  • Environment (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world),
  • Human Services
  • Disaster relief (US headquartered organizations responding to disasters in the US or elsewhere in the world on an occasional basis),
  • Other (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world).

Grants That the Foundation Will Not Make

The foundation will not make grants to international charitable organizations that are not qualified in the US or to for-profit businesses.

The foundation does not typically make grants for the following purposes. Requests to fund the following purposes are likely to be denied:
 

  • Computers or software,
  • Audio or video equipment,
  • Designing and producing videos, kiosks or promotional material,
  • Music programs or musical instruments,
  • Gardening programs or equipment,
  • Physical education programs or equipment,
  • Recreational programs,
  • Theatre arts or performance arts programs or equipment,
  • Hospice or old age home programs,
  • Churches,
  • Religious, charter or magnet schools
  • Individuals for any purpose,
  • International organizations that do not have a qualified domestic 501(c)(3) representative,
  • Political lobbying activities or other political purposes,
  • Voter registration,
  • Private foundations,
  • Dinners, balls, or other ticketed events,
  • Purposes outside of the foundation's funding priorities as listed in the prior section.

Other than legal requirements, these lists are not absolute and may not always apply, but they provide some guidance about our interests.

Please also note that Program Related Investments are not currently made and that we do allow grant requests for indirect costs.

Deadlines

Grants are awarded twice a year. Grant applications are open to any organization that wishes to be considered for a grant that meets the grant guidelines. Generally, the online grant application will provide us sufficient information to make a decision. In some rare cases we may ask for additional information to make a decision. The calendar for this process is:

 

 

 

June Grant Cycle

December Grant Cycle

Grant applications due by:

April 30

November 1

Board selection from grant applications:

June

November

Notification of selection by:

June 15

December

Funding by:

June 30

December 31

 

Any grant applications received after a deadline will be considered for the next grant cycle.

The Game of Philanthropy

A background about our experience of forming and running a family foundation, as well as our views about the future direction of philanthropy is available below.

 

The Game of Philanthropy
GameOfPhilanthropy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

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