Granting Philosophy

  • We fund only organizations with a 501(c)3, organizations with a nonprofit fiscal agent, and some school systems.
  • We support programs and organizations that promote peace and justice and demonstrate respect and appreciation for human diversity in all its forms, such as race, culture, religion, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and social class.
  • We prefer to fund innovative projects proposed by established organizations with a track record of innovation. Many times such projects require 2 or more years to come to completion, and we are open to renewing a grant twice, with these conditions:
    • The project must show adequate progress in relation to proposed accomplishments to receive subsequent-year funding; and
    • The Foundation must have adequate grant funds available to renew the grant.
    • An organization that has received 3 consecutive years of funding from us must reapply with a full application process starting with a full Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
  • We fund some organizational strengthening projects, e.g., capacity-building or operating funds, when we are satisfied that an organization has prepared itself to attain the next level of effectiveness.
  • Generally we do not fund start-up organizations, nor do we provide the majority of funding for an organization, program or project.
  • We strongly prefer to do a site visit before an organization makes full application.
  • Grants in the Social Justice and Education categories go to organizations in the Greater Kansas City region, where site visits can be made within a day.
  • Our Social Justice grants promote the welfare of groups of people who have been disadvantaged through no action or responsibility of their own.  We specifically focus on domestic violence prevention and the development of leadership capability among people from disadvantaged groups.
  • 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.
  • Within Education, we favor projects that show the fascination and potentiality of math, physical science, engineering, and the Arts to young people who otherwise might not receive such exposure.  We also support early childhood (0-3 years) education and strengthening of the education process.
  • Organizations and programs that address two or more of our funding areas have an improved chance of receiving a grant.