As a community foundation, we are different from other foundations who are fully in control of decisions about which nonprofits receive funding. The majority of our annual grants are directed by Foundation fundholders according to their own interests. The key to attracting these grants is knowing your donors and engaging them about your work in order to inspire gifts from their charitable funds at the Foundation.
Further, even though the Foundation has grown to nearly $150 million in total assets, the majority of those funds are endowed, meaning that the Foundation and our fundholders can only grant out a small percentage annually, protecting the principal.
While donor-directed grantmaking continues to have a major impact in the region, the bulk of the Foundation’s grantmaking reflects our Strategic Initiatives. For more information on all of our Foundation-directed grants, please click here.
The following are some additional suggestions on how your nonprofit can attract grants from the Foundation: