Partnership Opportunities Overview & Funding Philosophy

Updated: November 2021

ABOUT WBF

The Foundation opened its first grant cycle in April 2000. Since then, nearly 800 organizations have submitted approximately 3,000 funding requests totaling $121 million. To date, approximately 1,600 grants totaling $71 million have been given to organizations within the Foundation service area.


OUR VISION

Vision: Communities that Flourish with the well-being, abundance and peace that God desires.

OUR MISSION

Mission: To demonstrate Christ’s love through cultivating stronger communities.


FUNDING PHILOSOPHY

The way we work and how we believe we will achieve community impact together.

A Community of Neighbors

The Foundation values the Biblical construct of “loving our neighbors.” We are committed to growing our understanding of the beautiful diversity of the people and cultures in our region and to fostering equity and inclusion through our grantmaking partnerships. We value partnerships with organizations that also embrace these beliefs and demonstrate them through their own policies, practices, actions, and impact. 

Healthy & Impactful nonprofits

Well-equipped nonprofit leadership at all levels is a fundamental driver of community impact. The Foundation offers several high-quality trainings for leaders designed to promote organizational growth and health. Our dedicated Nonprofit Excellence Officer also assesses applicants’ needs for capacity building support during each grant cycle.

Meaningful grantee partner relationships

The Foundation practices relationship-based funding as a strategy to accelerate positive community changes and improvements. Each priority funding area has a dedicated Program Officer with content expertise. These Officers cultivate meaningful grantee partnership relationships built upon a mutual interest in growing, sustainable organizations, effective initiatives and a focus on impact.

Initiatives that work

The Foundation favors research-based, promising, and best practice models based on research and evaluation proven results and we also believe in listening to residents and nonprofits with local, firsthand knowledge of the issues, needs and solutions. We want to support innovation that shows promise.

Learning focused nonprofits

The Foundation fosters a culture of continuous learning, making data-driven decisions and evaluating the impact of our investments and partnerships. We value this same focus on learning for impact in the organizations we fund. Our dedicated Learning & Impact Officer also assesses applicants’ needs for evaluation support during each grant cycle.

Strong collaborations

The magnitude and complexity of community issues exceed the capacity of any one organization to address. We value increasing levels of cross-sector collaboration among organizations, funders, and other community partners.

Systems-level change

We believe that having a systems view of community issues is critical and we desire to influence changes at the policy, systems and environment level. We value organizations who share this understanding and desire to advance lasting solutions.

FUNDING PARTNERSHIP AREAS

Priority is given to projects with a probability for impact and measurable outcomes within our four strategic funding priorities.

Early Learning

Desired outcomes

  • More children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
  • More 3rd graders will meet or exceed grade level benchmarks for school success.

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Healthy Eating & Active Living

Desired outcomes

  • More residents of all ages consume nutritious foods and beverages.
  • More residents of all ages meet the recommendations for physical activity.
  • More residents of all ages will maintain a healthy weight.

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Path-to-Impact >>

Christ-Centered Living

Desired outcomes

  • More residents flourishing
  • More residents experiencing the Gospel through word and deed

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Nonprofit Excellence

Desired outcomes

  • More effective leaders creating lasting impact in organizations, within their service sector, the larger nonprofit sector, and the community

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

All applicant organizations must be recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and further defined as public charities 509(a)(1), also known as 170(b)(1)(1A) groups.  Secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations, including churches, are eligible for funding.  Faith-based organizations, including churches, are legal nonprofit entities which have either their origin in a religious organization or have been founded by individuals who share a purpose, all of which have a primary mission to further Christian principles and practices through programs and services of philanthropic good works. 

Funding consideration will be given to applicant programs and initiatives serving within the Foundation’s 14 county service region:

IndianaIllinoisKentucky
Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, WarrickGallatin, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, WhiteHenderson

TIPS FOR A COMPLETE APPLICATION SUBMISSION

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT ORGANIZATION

WHEN REVIEWING PROPOSALS, PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT


FUNDING RESTRICTIONS

The following program and project areas will generally not be considered for funding: