Throughout the year, Foundation staff members generate a prospect list, composed of existing grantees and new organizations, which is presented to the board of directors, at the beginning of the new year.
The Foundation directors determine which nonprofit organizations on the prospect list should be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry application during the spring or fall grant cycle.
The Letter of Inquiry invitation is a short (3 to 4 pages) application administered electronically by an independent firm – Foundation Source, at the request of the Foundation’s Grants Manager, and organizations have two to three weeks to complete the application.
After reviewing the Letter of Inquiry applications, the board and staff members then conduct site visits of organizations that appear to be aligned with the Foundation’s mission, vision, policies and priorities.
With the information gathered from the Letter of Inquiry applications and the site visits, the board members decide which organizations should be invited to submit a Foundation grant application. The Foundation’s Grants Manager instructs Foundation Source to send a grant application link to the selected nonprofit organizations.
The board meets in the spring and fall to deliberate and decide on grant awards using this multi-phase process.
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