Phillips Charitable Foundation administers Grant Initiatives through the calendar year touching each of our funding areas. Our funding and priorities are carefully curated therefore we do not accept unsolicited grant requests. We do, however, want to get to know the good work that non-profit organizations are doing so please familiarize yourself with what we fund. If you feel that your organizational mission aligns well with our values and areas of giving, we welcome you to introduce your organization by filling out a Letter of Introduction so we can learn about you.

Director Initiated Grants

Our Director Initiated Grants are major funding investments that are solution driven to make a significant impact within the partner grantee’s organization. These grants are carefully curated and are awarded in amounts up to $300,000.

Mission-Focused Competitive Grants

Periodically throughout the year, the Board decides on a specific grant program highlighting an initiative within one or more of our funding areas.  We invite carefully selected non-profit organizations to apply and compete for these grants. The Board makes its selection and announces the winning grantees.

The mission-focused initiatives selected for 2019 are listed below.

  • As part of our educational and humanitarian funding areas, we will focus on workforce development programs that help underserved individuals to attain fulfilling careers with a livable wage.
  • As part of our educational funding area, we will focus on literacy programs with a special focus on those with physical impairments such as sight and hearing challenges.
  • As part of our humanitarian funding area, we will focus on programs that enhance the quality of life for those with special needs and disabilities helping them to reach their full potential.

Marie Barth Community Focus Grants

As a young Marie Barth wrote in 1909: “Knowing that cents make dollars and that small coins, if used properly, accomplish great ends…  we make this small grant opportunity available year-round to small organizations that are often overshadowed in the larger granting arena. The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the organization by alleviating a hurdle that will enable the organization to better achieve its mission. Selected applicants will receive a simple one-page grant application.

Employee Philanthropy Matching Grants

We believe that part of our Employee Benefits Program should reflect our guiding principle of making an impact in the lives of others.  The Employee Philanthropy Matching Grant will greatly impact the private philanthropy of our staff by matching dollar for dollar (up to limits set annually) to the organizations our employees privately support.