Grants for Mentoring Programs in Arizona
Grants for Mentoring Programs in Arizona
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American Express Foundation
It is our mission to support our customers, colleagues and communities by helping them achieve their aspirations and helping their communities thrive. This shapes our work as a responsible corporate citizen. We deliver high-impact funding and initiatives that support people, businesses and non-profit partners so that together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Hearst Foundations' Mission
The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.
Hearst Foundations' Goals
The Foundations seek to achieve their mission by funding approaches that result in:
- Improved health and quality of life
- Access to high quality educational options to promote increased academic achievement
- Arts and sciences serving as a cornerstone of society
- Sustainable employment and productive career paths for adults
- Stabilizing and supporting families
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.
The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.
Types of Support: Program, scholarship, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.
Types of Support: Program, capital and general support
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
NOTE: The Foundation is focusing it's remaining grantmaking for 2021 on covid-19 funding.
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust makes grants that continue Virginia Piper’s commitment to improving the quality of life in Maricopa County through programs that support healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts & culture, education and religious organizations.
Piper Trust works side-by-side with nonprofit organizations as a partner, helping them to identify problems, build expertise, find solutions, and become continually stronger and more effective. The Trust strives to be a vital part of Maricopa County—not only as a source of leadership and financial support, but as a neighbor sharing a lasting stake in the county’s future.
The Piper Trust’s grantmaking focuses on Virginia Galvin Piper’s commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of Maricopa County. Reflecting Mrs. Piper’s own grantmaking, the Trust awards grants in six core program areas.
Arts & Culture
Piper Trust’s Commitment
Arts and cultural experiences create a vibrant Maricopa County
- Literature, performance, visual arts, and other cultural experiences enrich our quality of life.
- A lively arts and culture scene can provide Maricopa County with much-needed economic stimulus.
- Children’s participation in arts and culture facilitates communication ability, critical reasoning, and social aptitude.
Our Approach and What We Fund
- Improved Business and Financial Operations:
- Organizational planning in business, marketing, and fundraising strengthens arts and culture organizations and improves sustainability.
- Computers, specialized software, and upgraded technology, such as installations of the comprehensive Tessitura software, are assets to help arts and culture nonprofits manage their operations, build audiences, and communicate with donors.
- Collaborations for Greater Effectiveness and Efficiencies
- Collaborative projects to build a distinctive arts and culture community in Maricopa County — emphasizing arts and culture as an engine of economic development and community asset.
- An example of a collaborative project is the Cultural Data Project (developed by The Pew Charitable Trusts).
- Revenue Generation, Cost Reduction and Mergers
- Redesigning business models and alternative structures may be opportunities to increase revenues and reduce costs.
Piper Trust’s Commitment
All children in Maricopa County deserve a happy, healthy, and safe childhood
- Nurturing families produce children who arrive at adulthood prepared to contribute to society.
- Coaching families and giving them help to nurture their children in the earliest years produces greater success than remedial aid to children and families later.
- Adolescents with family and community encouragement fare better than their peers in avoiding risky behaviors.
Our Approach and What We Fund
- Improved Parent and Caregiver Child-Rearing Know-How
- Teaching proper parenting, such as parent hotlines, classes for teen mothers and programs and assistance for dealing with difficult social and emotional stages in a child’s growth, pays off in greater numbers of thriving children.
- Family programs in the home and convenient places like libraries help children prepare for school and achieve academic success.
- For example, the Raising A Reader program successfully takes early-literacy training directly to families and children in apartment buildings.
- Special Trust Investment: The Arizona Parent Kit, given to new parents at birthing hospitals, is now administered by First Things First statewide.
- Assistance for Children without Resources or with Special Needs
- Children and families in crisis find help from food banks, crisis nurseries, domestic violence shelters, behavioral health programs, and transitional housing for families and youth.
- Vulnerable children get necessary aid addressing child abuse, living in poverty, and living with addicted parents.
- Children with disabilities and their families gain assistance from programs that remove social, emotional, and physical barriers to their growth and learning.
- Special Trust Investments: Vulnerable children benefit from the Adopt-A-Pool Fence project, the Back-to-School clothing program and the Child Abuse Prevention License Plate program.
- Enhanced Child Care Practices and Afterschool Care
- Early childhood educators and youth mentors find helpful instruction in learning care practices, safety training, and manuals.
- Afterschool facilities and activities at teen centers, as well as homeless youth hubs and mentoring programs, support youth and keep them engaged in productive activities.
- Integrated Early Childhood Policies and Practices
- Special Trust Investment: Planning for the BUILD Initiative, a project of the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative, will guide state efforts to prepare children for success.
Piper Trust’s Commitment
Learning results in opportunities and a higher quality of life
- Formal and informal education helps us to understand ourselves, our world, and human potential.
- Learning begins at birth and the first three years of life are critical for a healthy, well-developed brain.
- Education and learning create economic opportunities, promote national competitiveness, and encourage active citizenship.
Our Approach and What We Fund
- Improved Early Learning Environments
- Advancing early learning practices, training and curricula, including standardized orientation for new teachers and accreditation for community-based preschools, enhances preschool education throughout Maricopa County.
- Teach for America Phoenix introduced the corps members in Maricopa County preschool classrooms.
- Special Trust Investment: Model programs for better early learning environments such as the Quality Preschool Curricula Project present attractive solutions to preschool education challenges.
- Academic Enhancements for Youth
- Tutoring and academic enrichment help school-age children overcome educational challenges and advance in school.
- Examples: Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods gives children afterschool tutoring opportunities. Junior Achievement Arizona broadens perspectives. And The College Depot helps remove barriers for young people to transition to college.
- Remedial programs can help vulnerable students stay and succeed in school or work toward GEDs, advancing opportunities.
- Assistive learning aids can make learning easier for children with disabilities.
- Special Trust Investments: Collaborative projects such as Expect More Arizona and Science Foundation Arizona are broad community-based projects.
- Engagement of Older Adults in Learning
- Programs for older adults and people with disabilities can promote employment and second careers.
- The Gateway Community College Career Transition Center builds marketable skills. Lifelong learning opportunities offer active minds and engagement in the community.
- Programs for older adults to tutor and mentor school children offer academic benefits to the children and meaningful volunteer opportunities for themselves.
- Experience Corps and Your Experience Counts successfully bring older adult tutors into classrooms.
Healthcare & Medical Research
Piper Trust’s Commitment
Quality, accessible healthcare and disease prevention are essential for all residents
- Quality, accessible care is acutely important for Maricopa County residents at three critical stages–early childhood, adolescence, and later life.
- Limited access to preventive healthcare signals long-term problems with chronic diseases.
Personalized medicine, biosignatures and the promise of cost-effective healthcare
- Arizona has become a center for biomedical research and biomedical enterprises and attracts world-renowned clinical and research experts in biomedicine.
- The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University are at the center of international research focused on personalized medicine.
Our Approach and What We Fund
- Improve Facilities for Children, Adolescents and Older Adults
- Capital investments such as expanded children’s emergency rooms and neonatal intensive care units bring improved healthcare.
- Enhancing geriatric facilities directly advances the quality of healthcare for older adults.
- Better Trained Healthcare Workforce
- Integrating child development principles and practices into pediatric medicine magnifies the effectiveness of children’s healthcare.
- The model Healthy Steps program successfully teaches pediatric residents about childhood development requirements not taught in the typical medical curriculum.
- Training in geriatrics and end-of-life care expands perspectives beyond traditional medical models.
- Hospice of the Valley creates palliative medicine curricula for medical students, residents and the hospital care team.
- The Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovations trains a new generation of nurses to serve older adults.
- Increased Access to Basic Healthcare
- Uninsured and underinsured people and families require preventive and acute health services easily accessible to their neighborhoods and communities.
- Mobile medical vans and free-standing community health clinics serve this need.
- Mobile units like Mission of Mercy medical vans circulate in Maricopa County, and the Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinics at St. Vincent de Paul offer free medical services in areas of most need.
- Centers for Advancement in Personalized Medicine
- Special Trust Initiated Investments: Piper Trust has invested in building regional distinction in biosciences, particularly personalized medicine. The initiative includes support for the Center for Sustainable Health and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personal Diagnostics (both within the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University). The Centers work to improve health outcomes at lower costs by sustaining health through the prevention and early detection of disease.
Piper Trust’s Commitment - Older adults in Maricopa County must have the chance to remain healthy, independent, and productive
- The continuum of older adults stretches from the Baby Boom Generation just entering traditional retirement age to frail older adults–all needing to stay vital and engaged as long as possible.
- Frail older adults and the many Boomers who face eventual frailty will benefit from improved disease prevention and the greater independence these improvements bring.
- The pioneering work we do now to help Boomers sort out new ways to live a productive later life will define aging for the generations that follow.
Our Approach and What We Fund
- Disease and Disability Prevention
- Prevention programs that focus on proper nutrition, exercise, early screening for diseases, and appropriate medications promise to advance quality of life.
- Implementation of programs such as the statewide Falls Prevention Advisory Coalition and the Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program enhance health, safety and independence.
- Assistance for Older Adults to Remain Independent
- Adoption of such national health models as BenefitsCheckUp, Matter of Balance, and intergenerational day care for children and older adults at Benevilla can establish the pattern by which older adults remain healthy and independent.
- Volunteer aid can help older adults remain at home and give respite to caregivers.
- Volunteerism, “Recareering” and Community Engagement
- Spaces and programs that promote civic engagement and nontraditional work benefit both older adults and their communities.
- Mesa United Way uses over-55 Vista and AmeriCorps workers and executive volunteers to fill important positions at nonprofit organizations in the East Valley.
Piper Trust’s Commitment - Our investment in faith-based programs for children, adolescents, and older adults reflects our founder’s own beliefs
- Piper Trust invites and supports projects from all faiths provided they focus on children, adolescents, and older adults.
- Grantmaking for religious organizations reflects Piper’s objectives and strategies in the Children, Older Adults, Education, and Healthcare program areas.
Our Approach and What We Fund
- Assessments of learning environments in faith-based preschools and quality improvement projects such as the Quality Preschool Curricula Project offer enhanced learning for young children.
- Housing alternatives for older adults such as the Beatitudes Campus Foundation for Senior Living and Jewish Family Children’s Services offer private care management for older adults.
Piper Trust conducts rigorous competitive grantmaking. Program, evaluation, communication and finance staff work closely with potential grantees to ensure that projects are focused, meet the Trust’s funding guidelines and address longer term needs.
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
NOTE: If you believe that your organization aligns with the Trust’s funding priorities and geographic areas, contact one of the Trust program officers below to begin the process of applying for a grant.
Furthermore, this grant page is specifically for "Helping People in Need", non-environmental requests within "Protecting Animals and Nature", and "Enriching Community Life". For Environmental Requests within the "Protecting Animals and Nature" grant program area, see the grant page here.
On an invitation-only basis, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust funds primarily nonprofit organizations in Arizona and Indiana that align closely with our giving areas: Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature, and Enriching Community Life.
Helping People in Need
Mrs. Pulliam valued giving people experiencing difficulty a hand-up and firmly believed that education was essential to reaching one’s full potential.
The Trust supports:
- Programs that provide adult education or training with accompanying social supports for individuals to obtain and maintain gainful employment.
- Programs that focus on economic self-reliance through micro-lending, small business development and entrepreneurial efforts for low-income individuals.
- Programs that assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and remaining in their homes.
- Programs that assist vulnerable families, women and children to help move them from crisis or instability to greater functioning.
- Programs that provide basic needs, such as food, clothing, emergency shelter or transitional housing.
- Programs that increase the number of licensed foster families and kinship providers.
- Multigenerational programs that help prevent children from entering the system.
- Programs that support young adults ages, 18-25 who are aging out of the system, with post-secondary educational attainment, job training and financial self-sufficiency.
Education and Literacy
- Programs that provide mentoring and tutoring to disadvantaged youth.
- Out-of-school time programs and projects for underserved children.
- Programs that improve literacy skills of adults.
- Programs that help high school students gain access to careers or post-secondary education.
- Programs that work with children (0 – 5) and their families to improve literacy, reading and language acquisition.
Protecting Animals and Nature
Mrs. Pulliam loved animals – domesticated and wild – and the natural environment. She sought ways to encourage human bonds with both.
The Trust supports organizations and programs that:
- Programs that provide humane and wellness services for domestic animals, including shelter, rescue, spay/neuter and adoption.
- Programs that promote conservation of natural habitats and ecosystems that advance preservation, protection and restoration of land, water, wildlife and plants.
- Programs that promote environmental awareness to connect people to the natural world, promote personal stewardship, or offer knowledge and tools for addressing current and future problems.
Enriching Community Life
Mrs. Pulliam appreciated the importance of having vibrant communities that benefit all residents, while ensuring that nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions at a level of excellence.
The Trust supports:
- Programs that add to the overall civic vibrancy and cultural vitality of the community.
- Programs that create innovative solutions to enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis or Phoenix.
Wal Mart Foundation
Walmart’s more than 2 million associates are residents, neighbors, friends and family in thousands of communities around the globe. Walmart works to strengthen these communities through both retail business and community giving, and we support and invest in communities through local giving. The following programs have open application processes with specific deadlines for eligibility and consideration.
Local Community Grants
Each year, our U.S. stores and clubs award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of the communities where we operate. They include a variety of organizations, such as animal shelters, elder services and community clean-up projects.
Areas of Funding
- There are eight (8) areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.
- Community and Economic Development: Improving local communities for the benefit of low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering the building of relationships and understanding among diverse groups in the local service area
- Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Environmental Sustainability: Preventing waste, increasing recycling, or supporting other programs that work to improve the environment in the local service area
- Health and Human Service: Providing medical screening, treatment, social services, or shelters for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating: Providing Federal or charitable meals/snacks for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
- Public Safety: Supporting public safety programs through training programs or equipment in the local service area
- Quality of Life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
Dr Scholl Foundation
Application forms must be requested each year online prior to submitting an application. When you submit an LOI, a member of the foundation staff will be contacting you within the next five business days regarding the status of your request.
Full applications are due at the "full proposal" deadline above.
The Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today's world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work, and compassion.
The Foundation considers applications for grants in the following areas:
- Social Service
- Health care
- Civic and cultural
The categories above are not intended to limit the interest of the Foundation from considering other worthwhile projects. In general, the Foundation guidelines are broad to give us flexibility in providing grants.
The majority of our grants are made in the U.S. However, like Dr. Scholl, we recognize the need for a global outlook. Non-U.S. grants are given to organizations where directors have knowledge of the grantee.
The Lawrence Foundation
The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes.
The Lawrence Foundation was established in mid-2000. We make both program and operating grants and do not have any geographical restrictions on our grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other similar organizations are eligible for grants from The Lawrence Foundation.
Grant Amount and Types
Grants typically range between $5,000 - $10,000. In some limited cases we may make larger grants, but that is typically after we have gotten to know your organization over a period of time. We also generally don’t make multi-year grants, although we may fund the same organization on a year by year basis over a period of years.
General operating or program/project grant requests within our areas of interests are accepted. In general, regardless of whether a grant request is for general operating or program/project expenses, all of our grants will be issued as unrestricted grants.
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs.
Arizona Community Foundation
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The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise will accept applications that benefit and support the following Field of Interest funds and their purposes.
Bob Holcombe Fund for Educational and Vocational Success: Established in March of 1999 to support at-risk students pursuing education in Cochise County. Consideration will be given to any program or project which provides support for the educational and/or vocational success of Cochise County residents who may be at risk of not graduating from high school. Preference may be shown to programs or projects which provide in-person assistance to students in grades 7-12 and college level vocational education students in their first year, in their efforts to obtain a vocational education and a high school diploma, with an emphasis on support for students who may be at risk of not graduating from high school.
Borderlands Fund: Established in March of 2011 to improve quality of life in Cochise County by investing in projects that may also provide benefit in Mexico.
Cochise Arts and Culture Fund: Established in 2012 to support arts, culture and historic preservation in Cochise County.
Cochise Community Foundation General Endowment Fund: Established in December of 1998 to support programs and services for the residents located in the geographic area of Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona.
Cochise Environmental Fund: Established in December of 1999 to benefit organizations whose purpose it is to address environmental issues and environmental education in Cochise County. Grants from this fund will be used to support, nurture and initiate programs which further environmental causes and education.
Cochise Health and Wellness Fund: Established in July of 2011 to support health and wellness programs that address physical and mental health needs.
Cochise Lifelong Learning and Literacy Fund: Established in December of 1998 to benefit organizations whose purpose it is to promote lifelong learning and literacy including, but not limited to, support of programs encouraging adult/parent computer literacy; Spanish/English language programs; mentoring programs; skill development programs; early childhood development programs and other programs that support border issues in Cochise County.
Cochise Veterans Fund: Established in March of 2012 to provide a permanent source of funding dedicated to the needs of Cochise veterans and their families.
Douglas Area Community Fund: Established in April of 2007 to support programs and services for residents located in Douglas, Double Adobe and McNeal.
John Lawrence Kurdeka Fund for the Environment: Established in October of 2008 to support environmental education and outreach; preservation and restoration of habitat and wildlife in Cochise County.
Northern Cochise Fund: Established in September of 2009 to serve the Sulphur Springs and San Simon Valleys in Northern Cochise County; specifically the communities of: Bowie, Cochise, Dos Cabezas, Dragoon, Pearce, San Simon, Sunsites, and Willcox.
Science, Math and Technology Innovation Fund: Established in September of 1999 to benefit public school teachers throughout Cochise County whose purpose is to teach, to organize classroom projects or to continue their own education in Science, Mathematics and Technology by using or learning innovative methods in these curriculum
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