What is the Mission and Vision of the Foundation?
The Foundation embraces a holistic approach to address the needs of children, youth and families in the areas of education, arts & culture and health & human services. The Foundation seeks opportunities to leverage its investments in organizations that are innovative, collaborative and sustainable in serving children, youth and families.
What grant categories are the focus of the Foundation?
- Health and Human Services
- Arts and Culture
What are the geographic target areas for the Foundation?
- City of Atlanta
- Metro Atlanta
- State of Georgia
What types of grant funding are provided by the Foundation?
Currently, the Zeist Foundation provides three key types of funding, including, but not limited to:
- General Operating – unrestricted support
- Program/Project – support restricted to an existing program or special project
- Capacity Building – support that strengthens an organization’s governance, operations or impact
What principles guide the Foundation’s grantmaking decisions?
The Foundation primarily supports prevention oriented nonprofit organizations based in Georgia with an emphasis on metro Atlanta.
The Foundation expects all nonprofit organizations to understand the Foundation’s mission and to seek alignment with the Foundation’s grant categories.
The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve children and youth from birth through high school, as well as their families.
What is the process to apply for Foundation grants?
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.
What are the funding stipulations for Foundation grants?
- The Foundation seeks to build relationships with grantees to understand their impact before investing in organizations long term.
- New organizations may apply for a grant not to exceed $100,000 or 10% of their operating budget and cannot request multi-year funding.
- Grantee organizations that apply for renewal funding can request more than $100,000 as long as it does not exceed 10% of the budget.
- Grantee organizations that have received Foundation support for three years consecutively are subject to the “funding gap” policy, whereby the Foundation directors may not consider inviting the organization to apply for funding for the fourth year.
- A renewal applicant can request a multi-year grant that covers two years.
What are the signature projects of the Foundation?
The Foundation established a reputation in Atlanta for its “Place-Based Philanthropy” in the Edgewood neighborhood due to its signature investments in health, education and housing. In Georgia, the Foundation has provided signature support for school based health centers, early learning programs and capacity building for nonprofits.