We’ll eventually need something in “black & white” from you… a letter of intent, but don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and discuss your proposal with Jeff Seibert, Grants Officer. Your letter of intent should be 1-2pgs. in which you describe the issue you’re going to address, the scope of work you intend to perform, and the rough budget necessary to proceed.
Letters of Intent are accepted ongoingly. Uninvited proposals are not accepted. You will receive feedback from your letter of intent within thirty days of its receipt, usually sooner. Feedback may be in the form of an invitation for a full proposal, at which time the amount of your request will be discussed. or a declination with the suggestion that we maintain communication about relevant issues.
The budget that accompanies a full proposal should have two parts: revenue and expenses. Under revenue, please identify whether the income is “pending” or “committed”. Include your organization’s annual budget for your most recently completed fiscal year. Also, include a detailed line item budget for the project for which you are requesting support.
There isn’t a foundation large enough to address the ongoing operating costs of every worthwhile nonprofit that requests funding. Within our Areas of Interest, the Mayerson trustees suggest approaching the Foundation when your organization finds itself “at a crossroad” – the intersection of a challenging issue with your organization’s strategic arc and your unique area of expertise. Programs with a record of proven effectiveness and the potential of scaling up to serve many people who can benefit are some of the hallmarks we look for. Clearly defined units of service with measurable outputs and important outcomes are critical to a successful proposal.