Letters OF INQUIRY NOW ACCEPTED

Promote Human Kindness and Social Justice.

How to Apply

First, you and your team should discuss your organization’s needs. Your organization should carefully review all of the guidelines for proposals and submissions. Applications that more closely adhere to these guidelines have a much higher chance of being funded.

The Segal Family Foundation seeks to fund organizations or programs whose missions are broadly related to Human KINDness and Social Justice. Organizations requesting grant funds must have 501(c)(3) designation in the United States.  Typically, grants are awarded to new or expanding programs requiring seed funding.

The initial requirement of any non-profit organization seeking funding is a letter of inquiry.  This letter provides the board of directors an ability to take a first look to determine if your needs meet the funding requirements and criteria.  The Letter of Inquiry and all subsequent items must be completed before the deadline using the on-line platform.

What the Segal Family Foundation will fund:

Innovative approaches and programs that address human kindness and social justice. The Segal Family Foundation encourages collaboration and partnerships among non-profits for the better of the community.

The Segal Family Foundation does not provide funds to:

  • non-501(c)(3) organizations

  • general operating support

  • capital campaigns

  • events or fundraisers

  • individuals

  • congregations or religious organizations for projects that primarily benefit their ow members or for evangelical purposes.

Exceptions may be made for programs that:

  • receive broad community support

  • keep separate financial statements,

  • primarily benefit persons outside their congregational members.

SIZE OF GRANTS: In 2019, the maximum grant amount will be $25,000. Applications for less than the stated amount are accepted and encouraged; you need not request the entire amount. Prior to 2019, most gifts ranged from $5,000 to $30,000. We often make grants to multiple organizations in a single cycle. The most important consideration is that the size of your request is in line with the scope of the project you are proposing.

A Strong Proposal Is:

Short. We have a particular interest in underserved populations and do not wish to unintentionally penalize organizations that may have less-developed grant-writing capabilities. We want you to focus on your mission, not applications.

Specific. We are much more likely to award a project-based grant than to simply join in contributing too a larger “pot of money” (e.g., a major fundraiser or a capital campaign). We are also unli kely to fund requests primarily for salaries or general operating expenses.

A Strong Proposal Addresses:

  • What do you want to do?

  • Who needs it, and why?

  • Outcome metrics: How will you measure progress/success of the project, and how will this be communicated to the Foundation? When and how often?

  • How do you see this migrating or scaling up? If relevant, do you intend to secure sustained funding from another source? How can we partner with you to help you succeed at this step?

  • The ways in which your project fits into the framework of venture philanthropy. If you are not familiar with the concept of venture philanthropy, please take some time to educate yourself; good information can be found on this website and others. Applications that do not adequately articulate their “venture” components are not likely to be considered. Conversely, an applicant demonstrating a clear understanding of venture philanthropy principles and the ability to apply those principles to the specified project will have a stronger chance of receiving a grant.

  • Your organization’s intended use of the funds.

  • You may submit a budget