We prefer to fund innovative projects proposed by established organizations with a track record of innovation. Many times such projects require two or more years to come to completion, and we will consider renewing a grant based on the previous year’s accomplishments. However, we generally do not fund an organization for more than 3 years. Occasionally, we will renew funding to an organization or project after a 3-year hiatus.
In general, we provide less than 50% of support for a program, project, or organization. This way, the organization shows us that they and their undertakings are important enough to the community to garner significant support from others.
Projects that correspond to at least two of our strategic areas are more likely to receive support, e.g., bringing arts experiences to neighborhoods and children who may not otherwise have this opportunity.
Our Social Justice grants promote the welfare of groups of people who have been disadvantaged through no action or responsibility of their own.
Environmental grants go to organizations that seek to enrich our natural environment, lessen global warming, improve animal welfare, and/or educate human beings to work toward these purposes.
Most of our Education – Science, Engineering, and Early Childhood grants support projects and programs that expose the fascinating worlds of math, engineering, science, and technology to young people who might not otherwise have this opportunity. We also support projects and programs to improve early childhood education (birth to 3 years old).
Our Education – Arts grants primarily support arts education experiences for young people who might not otherwise have this opportunity.
What We Do Not Fund or Contribute To:
- Any organization that is not a 501(c)(3) organization, a qualified church, or a school
- Projects of any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation
- Projects of any organization that participates in activities harmful to the environment
- Projects of any organization that participates in activities that promote violence
- Generally, bricks and mortar projects
- Annual funds
- Special events