how we grant
Our hope is to be responsive and adaptable in our grantmaking. We value the expertise of communities and partners working on the issues we care about, trusting that they know how best to meet the needs of their constituents.
Most of our grantmaking is by invitation. We scan the landscape to identify organizations aligned with our mission and geography, and look to relevant national and local research to inform our approach. We also reach out to community leaders to learn about community needs and characteristics, and to direct us to potential partners.
how we fund
We strive to apply best practices in philanthropy to our grantmaking. We provide flexible funding, typically general support, and also offer capacity building, capital, and other types of funding to our partners. We consider multi-year support for some of our partners, acknowledging the benefits of securing stable, longer-term funding. Finally, we are mindful of the time and effort we request from partners throughout the funding process so we attempt to minimize process and reporting requirements.