I HAVE THE AUDACITY TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE CAN HAVE THREE MEALS A DAY FOR THEIR BODIES, EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOR THEIR MINDS, AND DIGNITY, EQUALITY, AND FREEDOM FOR THEIR SPIRITS.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Choosing Our Partners
Our grants are by invitation only at this time. Please do not inquire about possible funding if we did not visit your program and contacted you directly. However, you may request an assessment site visit to discuss possible funding.
We invest an enormous amount of time to find eligible organizations and youth who could benefit from our funding. We not only seek out programs with impact in the community but are also looking at building partnerships that will hopefully lead to a larger matrix of collaboration in our community. In addition, we inquire and research to find future partners that are matching their resources to the client’s needs not just executing a program. It is also vital that their staff knows which services to expand and develop to provide relevant interventions.
These are some of the guidelines we may utilize to invite a future partner/grantee to apply for funding:
- Must fit our mission
- Do they provide a unique service in our community
- Have they accomplished community collaboration
- Can they show impact (does their intervention cause the change in their clients)
- They have a brand (do they have a reputation for what they do and if not can they create a reaction from the public on what they do or accomplish)
- Are they true to their mission 100%?
- Where does the service fall within the pyramid of needs (Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs)
- Can their target be achieved? And do they have reporting in place to understand how the services are working and if not why not? (i.e. People served)
We also utilize principles in the selection process from the "Good To Great" SOCIAL SECTORS by Jim Collins.
A program officer reviews submitted materials with internal and, at times, external staff and works with the applicant to integrate recommended changes. We also complete our due diligence, confirm the applicant organization’s tax status, determine how to structure the transaction, and assess risk. Our legal and financial analysis teams may also participate during this phase.