Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will the Foundation's focus areas be Advancing Equity in Education and Building an Inclusive Economy? Is this a time-limited investment?

A: As a community foundation existing in perpetuity, we will continue to evolve to address the greatest opportunities and challenges in our community. The Foundation believes these focus areas are where our resources are needed and can make the greatest impact now and for the foreseeable future. Top

Q: What are the Foundation’s priorities and strategies within the new focus areas?

A: Following extensive community conversations during 2018, the Foundation expects to announce specific funding priorities and strategies for the two focus areas in the fall of 2018. The priorities and strategies will likely shift over time as we learn from the community what is needed and where we can make the greatest impact.

We anticipate making proactive grants within the focus areas and also having regular responsive deadlines beginning in 2019 to hear from groups we don’t already know. We also anticipate making some types of investments that are new to the Foundation, such as impact investments and policy/systems level work. Top

Q: What does the Foundation mean by equity?

A: Equity occurs when there are improved outcomes for all and when the distribution of resources, opportunities, and burdens is not determined, predictable, or disproportionate by identity (race, ethnicity, gender) or zip code.

By focusing on equity, work often needs to focus on systems – the institutions, policies, and resource allocation in a community - to make real change; individual programs and projects are not enough to improve outcomes, as systems do not perform equally well for different groups. Top

Q: I have an idea but I’m not sure if it fits the Foundation’s priorities. What can I do?

A: If you have a general question about the Foundation’s capacity-building and capital campaign deadlines in 2018, or in the focus areas, the Foundation will offer additional learning opportunities in early 2018 for applicant organizations. At that time, Community Grants staff can give you advice about which requests might fit within the Foundation’s priorities. If your idea is not a fit for us, we will try to connect you to other resources in the community. Top

Q: If we do not have a funding request that fits within any of the Foundation’s Community Grant priorities, how can we still benefit from the Foundation?

A: The Foundation supports a robust nonprofit community in other ways, such as by administering donor-advised grants and agency endowments, supporting HandsOn NWNC to provide capacity-building programming, and hosting nonprofit and community events such as the Nonprofit Networking Social and the Community Luncheon. The best way to stay up-to-date on the Foundation is to visit our website, join our e-newsletter list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Top

Q: Will my organization be able to have multiple grants at one time?

A: Possibly. Organizations may have multiple grants with one exception: we will only allow one capacity-building grant at a time. Top

Q: I know the Foundation has restricted funds that don’t appear to fit in the Community Grant programs. How will those funds be spent in the community?

A: If restricted funds accumulate over time, the Foundation will issue specific Requests for Proposals from time-to-time. We will give plenty of notice and will announce these deadlines via both our standard communication channels (website, social media, and e-newsletter), and by sending targeted communication to eligible organizations. Top

Q: Who can engage in the listening that is going on in 2018? I’d like to be part of the work- how can I engage with the Foundation to do that?

A: We will be reaching out to many different community members as part of our listening work. If you have experience or knowledge you’d like to share about the focus areas, please click here to send us an e-mail. Top


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