Partnership Opportunities Overview & Funding Philosophy
Updated: November 2021
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.
Vision: Communities that Flourish with the well-being, abundance and peace that God desires.
Mission: To demonstrate Christ’s love through cultivating stronger communities.
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.|
|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.|
|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.
- More children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
- More 3rd graders will meet or exceed grade level benchmarks for school success.
- 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.
- More residents flourishing
- More residents experiencing the Gospel through word and deed
- More effective leaders creating lasting impact in organizations, within their service sector, the larger nonprofit sector, and the community
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:
|Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Warrick||Gallatin, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White||Henderson|
TIPS FOR A COMPLETE APPLICATION SUBMISSION
- Make sure you review each of the funding priorities and measurable outcomes prior to starting a new application.
- Please read each question carefully to ensure all points are addressed.
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WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT ORGANIZATION
- Mission aligned with the Foundation’s priorities
- Working towards impact
- Leadership/governance prioritize continuous learning
- Diverse board and staff; reflective of the community being served
- Fiscally responsible
WHEN REVIEWING PROPOSALS, PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT
- Align with the Foundation’s funding priorities
- Address community systemic issues related to our funding priorities
- Utilize an effective evaluation plan for continuous learning and demonstrating impact
The following program and project areas will generally not be considered for funding:
- Individuals are not eligible for funding; only organizations meeting the eligibility requirements above may apply
- Establishment of, or contributions to a foundation, endowment, trust or permanent interest-bearing account, except for specific project or program grants.
- Propaganda or attempt to influence specific legislation or public election
- Organizations not in compliance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding discrimination
- Government agencies reporting to an elected or appointed official, (except for schools governed by citizens boards)
- Fundraising events or annual fund drives