Frequently Asked Questions

Do you focus on specific geographic locations?

Yes. We award grants to organizations for projects that are generally within the areas of Annapolis Maryland, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and New York City. For more details see our Where We Give page.

How long does it take to review a grant request?

Review of a full grant request varies with complexity. However, the average review process is approximately 90 days.  Our staff may be in contact with you during the process. You will be notified if we need additional information, a phone call, or site visit which may increase the 90-day review.

How often can I apply for a grant?

Please remember that we do not take unsolicited grant requests. You may apply for a grant as often as you are invited to do so. In general this is no more than once in a calendar year.

Do you fund only 501(c)(3) organizations?

Yes. Our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

What types of projects or endeavors will you NOT fund?
  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    Individuals and for-profit entities
  • Programs or organizations that are primarily funded by federal, state or local resources
  • Political campaigns, lobbying efforts, protests, and demonstrations
  • Debt management, debt retirement or general operating expenses
  • Programs funded by other sources, for the same budget line item (i.e. “double-dipping”)
  • Programs that benefit or are run outside of the United States of America
  • Sponsorships, events, tournaments, crowd-funding, national fundraising campaigns, awards, or entrance tickets
  • Salaries, stipends, artists in residency programs, or other payments to individuals for services, except for workforce development initiatives
  • Food Banks, with the exception of Food Co-ops and Disaster Relief
  • Speaking fees, honorariums, or internships
Do you award capital, operating, or program grants?

We award capital and program grants. We do not typically award grants to cover operating costs.

 

What are your policies for funding capital projects?

The Foundation prefers to provide support in the later stages of a capital campaign after construction costs are fixed and a substantial portion of the funding has been raised. In general, we consider funding capital projects when:

  • At least 75% of project costs have already been raised.
  • Specific, confirmed plans are complete and confirmed total project costs are known.
What else do you look for in organizations you support?

In addition to aligning with our mission, values, and areas of interest, we look for evidence of organizational health, effective management and leadership, and organizations that have the resource capacity to achieve the stated goals.  We believe that the biggest factor contributing to the achievement of an organization's mission is their management team. The mission is vital, but they must also have the internal capacity to execute that mission.

Does the application process require site visits?

Sometimes. Our staff will contact organizations to set up a site visit when necessary.

How do you notify organizations about funding decisions?

Applicants with grant requests that are declined get notified by email with a brief, personalized explanation for the decline. Approved grant requests will receive an email as well as a phone call. The final grant offer is provided in print as well.

 

How do I request a copy of your Form 990?
Please fill out our 990 Request Form at this link.