Who WOULDN’T want an inside glimpse into how a foundation thinks and works?
Here, as simply and clearly as we can offer them, are three things that make a huge difference on whether or not a project receives an investment from our foundation:
- Can we agree on what children need? All of our grants are aimed at helping children and young people have the developmental experiences that they need. We think these things are important because they lay a foundation for adult independence. Of course there are different opinions on what types of experiences and support children and youth need. Read here to see if you agree with our beliefs.
- Does this project solve a problem? Our frequent grantseekers see our program officers and they know it’s coming…IT being this question…”What problem are you trying to solve?” Grantseekers often cite national statistics, but they have no idea how large (or if) that problem exists in the community they serve. Close-to-home research pays off nicely in our eyes.
- If you receive the grant that you’ve proposed, what positive change will you bring about? This question helps our grant committee and board understand clearly what they’re buying if they make the investment that’s being proposed. Grantseekers often find this topic to be super-difficult…but our program officers are prepared to help you succeed!
Get to know our program officers and their best advice for grantseekers in a set of brief video clips.
Want more inside information? Please feel free to call us anytime (260-347-1278). We think that talking to grantseekers before they take the time to apply is a huge positive for everyone involved. Talk to you soon!