Fund holders at the Foundation donate across a wide range of causes in the region. They provide support to nonprofit organizations through grants made from their donor-advised, committee-advised, agency endowment and designated funds. Grants are recommended by fund holders, with oversight by Foundation staff and approval by the Board of Directors. Read more about starting a fund.
The Foundation awards grants to nonprofits through an application process managed by our Program Department. Funding decisions are made based on how well a proposal connects to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas: Self-Sufficient Individuals and Families, Healthy Communities, Vibrant Democracy and Community Projects. Medical research funding is supported by donors who made past bequests to the Foundation and spur medical advances through grants under the stewardship of our Program and Policy staff. Learn about how to apply for grants.
The Foundation oversees more than 300 Scholarship funds, awarding approximately $2.3 million in scholarships annually, and through collaborative Program Initiative programming including as Critical Needs Alert giving events, Giving Circles, and Small and Mighty and Social Justice Fund grant programs.