Professional Development Grants for Nonprofits in California
Professional Development Grants for Nonprofits in California
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NOTE: We're partnering with local nonprofits that have programs focused on education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement. All grant applications are by invitation only. After reviewing our giving priorities below, if your nonprofit organization fits the eligibility criteria, please email a short description of your program.
Brightening Our Communities
Today, Edison International is one of the largest corporate philanthropic contributors in Southern California, we partner with local nonprofits and everyday community heroes to brighten our neighborhoods and build a better tomorrow.
Last year, we contributed $20 million in funding to support programs that help communities in our service area shine bright while tackling tough issues, such as improving air quality and access to clean energy solutions, increasing community resilience and disaster preparedness, advocating for increased diversity, equity & inclusion, and helping kids make a difference in the world by studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
More than 90% of our giving helps underserved residents, including diverse ethnic groups, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ+ populations and low-income families.
Grants to Make a Difference
Our grant funding aims to assist members of our communities that are often underserved, such as diverse ethnic groups, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, women, low-income and LGBTQ+ populations.
Our Giving Priorities
We believe education has the power to change lives, communities, and the world. Education receives the most funding of our focus areas to support educational programs designed to help keep kids engaged in school while opening doors to higher education.
We look for education programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in middle school, high school, and college levels, including tutoring, scholarships, and college-access programs.
Our commitment to protecting the environment began decades ago and is deeply rooted in our company culture and focus to be a clean energy leader for our region and state.
We are uniting with nonprofits that have the passion and expertise to help shift environmental issues impacting our state and the world, such as improving Southern California's air quality, conserving green spaces for future generations, preserving and restoring habitats, and creating healthier communities by increasing access to green jobs and clean energy solutions.
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Natural disasters can strike suddenly, anywhere and at any time. Earthquakes pose a real and ongoing threat, while wildfires have become an urgent problem with devastating consequences for all Californians.
Edison is committed to protecting our communities and helping families be prepared for natural and human-caused disasters. We support programs focused on electrical safety, emergency/disaster preparedness, community resiliency and wildfire safety and mitigation for our most vulnerable community members.
We believe that the ability to lead the transformation of the electric power industry toward a clean energy future relies on the diversity of our team and a society that enables all people to thrive.
To reflect our values, we partner with organizations that are deeply rooted in community advocacy and engagement while providing services such as workforce development and career pathway programs, professional and civic engagement leadership, youth mentoring, and capacity building for local nonprofits with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Majestic Realty Co
The Majestic Realty Foundation
As developers, Majestic Realty Co. builds business parks that serve communities across 13 states. Indeed, this perspective gives our employees unique insight into grassroots community needs. The Majestic Realty Foundation grew out of our realization that community needs were growing rapidly. We saw that great numbers of youth and families were at risk from increasing gang-related violence. We saw that homelessness and hunger impacted more families than ever; plus high school drop-out rates reach epidemic proportions. But we also saw that together, we could make a difference.
In 2002, our company’s longstanding tradition of corporate giving was formalized with the launch of the Majestic Realty Foundation – now the cornerstone of our community investment program. As builders first, we know the value of creating communities of promise, where families and businesses know that their futures are secure and bright. To this end, we have devoted time and resources to build collaborations and provide professional training to help local nonprofits increase their capacities.
Realizing the responsibilities of an industry leader, The Majestic Realty Foundation provides support to our local communities in five key investment areas:
- Violence Prevention
To create a legacy and a model for a financially and operationally sustainable foundation that leverages our capabilities to enhance the quality of life in our communities.
Majestic Realty Foundation Fast Facts
- Established in 2002 to move Majestic Realty from passive to active philanthropy
- Our flagship program, the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council, brings together students from inner city youth centers for leadership training activities
- National organizations are funded across several geographic markets, including Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs and local Children’s Hospitals
- The Foundation links excess inventory from Majestic Realty clients with organizations in need
- “Get on Board” campaign enables Majestic employees to serve on more than 40 charitable boards, strengthening the nonprofit sector in our communities
- Thousands of hours of volunteer service directed to worthy community-based organizations
We embrace the concept of “active philanthropy,” viewing our involvement as much more than just writing checks to grantees. Instead, we look for strategic nonprofit partners in our communities. In addition to our financial contributions, we take leadership roles in local organizations, donate countless hours and recruit the resources of our clients, vendors, brokers and others, to help meet the many needs in our communities.
Building a Brighter Future, One Student at a Time
In Southern California, the Majestic Realty Foundation’s commitment to active philanthropy is clearly demonstrated through its flagship program, the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC). As a leadership and teambuilding collaborative, LAYLC brings together 80 high school student leaders from 43 separate LA schools. Each attends one of six inner-city youth centers: the Bresee Foundation, El Centro del Pueblo, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Para Los Niños, Salesian Boys & Girls Club and The Salvation Army Red Shield Center. Through monthly meetings and enrichment activities, the LAYLC empowers students from Los Angeles’ most challenged neighborhoods to develop and apply leadership skills through participation in an annual camp, college tours and forums with high-profile guest speakers. Additionally, students receive training in public speaking, economic literacy and civic affairs.
The Majestic Realty Foundation believes that youth centers have the power to curb youth violence, develop strong leaders and create safe communities.
Driven by a Shared Passion
As a vital part of our corporate culture, the employees of Majestic Realty Co., Majestic Management Co. and Commerce Construction Co., L.P., volunteer thousands of hours for community organizations. Whether taking part in charity walkathons, collecting shoes and sponsoring community-wide days of service, Majestic/Commerce employees have ongoing opportunities to serve those in need, and they never fail to turn out in great numbers. We realize that our team members are our greatest asset. Through the Foundation’s innovative “Get on Board” campaign, Majestic employees freely give their time and talents by serving in leadership positions on nonprofit boards. In fact, currently our employees serve on more than 46 nonprofit boards.
Types of Giving – Restricted or Unrestricted Grants
Restricted- Grants Limited to Specific Program
Unrestricted – General Operating Funds
Challenge Grants – Matching Fund Campaign for Specific Programs
The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
At the Walter & Elise Haas Fund we believe in collaborating with partners whose work provides access and opportunity, building a more equitable community. We invest in our Bay Area neighbors because doing so fosters a more just and vibrant society for current and future generations.
We accept grant proposals in four program areas — the Arts, Economic Well-being, Jewish Life, and Racial Justice.
While each program area has its own specific set of guidelines, our grantmaking as a whole encourages:
- Ensuring access and creating opportunity;
- Innovative approaches;
- Programs that span across our program areas;
- Leadership, including that of an engaged board of directors;
- Organizations with multiple sources of support and plans for long-term sustainability;
- Deep community involvement in your services and activities;
- Active and on-going collaboration that increases program impact; and
- Consistent collection of feedback to drive program evaluation and improvement.
The Fund’s arts grantmaking helps Bay Area residents to appreciate and benefit from art’s full potential to build cross-cultural understanding, explore ideas, and enrich their lives.
Arts Education is Essential
All people — including children and youth — should share the opportunity to study and create art. We fund arts education efforts that:
- Are led by professional artists, are of substantial depth and duration, and that mitigate the barriers that often limit low-income students’ full participation. Such programs may:
- Take place in public schools and address state and district arts education standards;
- Take place in safe and appealing after-school settings and incorporate excellent youth development and youth leadership practices;
- Take place in juvenile detention facilities (proposals by invitation only).
- Strengthen the role of teaching artists in and out of the classroom.
- Promote policies and advocacy efforts that benefit children and youth with increasingly robust arts education programs.
Arts Build Resilient Communities
Arts participation unifies communities, fostering shared understanding and respect. We fund efforts that:
- Reach an authentically diverse cross-section of local residents, involving them in shared arts experiences. Such programs are inviting, reduce barriers to participation, and collect audience demographic data to promote wider participation.
- Use the arts to foster cross-cultural understanding and inclusiveness by engaging participants with different backgrounds and life experiences. These programs commit to building cross-cultural or cross-generational understanding over time rather than through individual events or presentations.
- Strengthen the capacity of recent immigrant or Native California organizations to serve their communities, their artists, and the general public. These organizations foster the preservation and transfer of cultural traditions through the generations and/or support the creation and presentation of high-quality, contemporary or traditional artworks.
Artists Engage Us through Collaboration
Through the Creative Work Fund, we support the creation of new artworks that are developed out of collaborative partnerships between artists and nonprofit organizations. Principles guiding the Fund are:
- Artists’ creativity merits philanthropic support.
- Individual creativity is the source of cultural richness and diversity.
- The arts can be a powerful vehicle for problem-solving and community renewal.
- Collaboration among artists, organizations, and their constituents can generate a productive exchange of ideas and bring the arts to new audiences.
The Creative Work Fund is a program of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, also generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. For a detailed program description and application information, please visit creativeworkfund.org.
The purpose of the Fund’s grantmaking in economic well-being is to support the health and self-determination of youth and adults in Oakland and San Francisco through three grantmaking approaches.
Possibility Grants, led by youth, who will decide for themselves and our collective future.
Policy Grants support the systems that allow possibility and well-being to thrive.
Funding nonprofits to win
The Endeavor Fund provides meaningful long-term support for nonprofits to win at scale; champions that nonprofit jobs can be quality, empowering jobs across the sector; and shines a light on big bets and bold commitments that institutional philanthropy can make.
The purpose of the Fund’s grantmaking in Jewish life is to support a vibrant, inclusive, Jewish community that is meaningful, compelling, and responsive to contemporary concerns.
Diversity is a Strength
We envision a vibrant Jewish community able to harness the strengths and talents that result from a diverse population by funding efforts that:
- Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals and families seeking a place within the Jewish community.
- Encourage pathways to create Jewish leaders that reflect the community they serve
- Build the capacity of organizations to have civil and constructive conversations about issues that are difficult and divisive
Social Justice is a Mandate
We believe that Jewish values of tikkun olam (healing the world) and tzedakah (charity) are meaningful drivers of change and support efforts that:
- Foster Jewish participation in organizations, programs, and services that supports the needs and aspirations of recent immigrants, isolated seniors, the poor, and other vulnerable populations.
- Encourage the collaboration of the Jewish community with other faith traditions to promote social and economic justice.
- Combat anti-Semitism and promote acceptance of the Jewish community and other vulnerable communities through education, advocacy, and communication.
Innovation is an Imperative
We understand that each generation must grapple with the significance of Jewish practice and values (l’dor vador) and therefore support a revitalized Jewish landscape through efforts that:
- Foster collaboration between startups and more established organizations
- Build upon Jewish traditions and values
- Recognize that identity is multifaceted
Taken together, and considered alongside our collective experience as a longstanding Bay Area family foundation, we are making the following changes, and invite you to join us in doing so.
- Champion BIPOC-led organizations.
- Lift up the wisdom, knowledge, and lived experiences of BIPOC leaders.
- Adopt trust-based practices.
Motorola Solutions Foundation
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
At Motorola Solutions, we are good citizens by design. Our work makes a difference in the critical moments that shape lives, businesses and the world, but our contributions don’t end there. The Motorola Solutions Foundation acts as the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions and focuses on giving back to the community through strategic grants, employee volunteerism and other community investment initiatives. The Foundation is one of the many ways in which the company lives out its purpose to help people be their best in the moments that matter.
Grant Program Focus
The Motorola Solutions Foundation, which has donated $100 million over the past 10 years, aims to partner with organizations that are creating safer cities and thriving communities, and prioritizes underrepresented and/or underserved populations, including people of color and women, within the three focus areas below:
- Technology and engineering education
- First responder programming
- Blended first responder programming and technology/engineering education programs
- Reach people of color, women and other underrepresented and/or underserved populations within our focus areas
- Leverage robust partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and institutions
- Support organizations that exhibit strong financial health
- Support organizations with data-driven evaluation methods, including quantifiable metrics
First Responder Programming(The term First Responders includes: law enforcement personnel, firefighters, EMT and frontline healthcare professionals.)
- Provide leadership development and training opportunities for underrepresented first responders, including people of color and women
- Provide mental wellness and stress management trainings for first responders and their families
- Provide wellness and scholarship support to families of fallen first responders
- Prepare youth and young adults for careers in public safety through outreach, scholarship and educational programs
- Offer safety preparedness and response training to schools, adults, students and first responders
- Lead safety and disaster preparedness trainings for the public
Technology & Engineering Education
- Engage students in innovative, hands-on technology and engineering activities, such as design, coding and robotics
- Provide vocational skills, scholarships, certifications and workforce placement opportunities in engineering, information technology and data science
- Equip teachers with the skills and training necessary to enhance instruction in technology and engineering
- Prioritize school-aged students ages 8-18, college/university students and young adults
John Krakauer Charitable Trust
About the Foundation
The John Krakauer Charitable Trust was established in 2012 to fulfill the donor’s philanthropic vision of supporting programs that have a measurable impact on people’s lives. His philanthropy was guided by charitable organizations that exemplify one or more of the following core values:
- Mission-Centered - Nonprofits that live their mission daily, visibly and consistently. The mission is more than a statement on a piece of paper, rather it is visible everywhere in the organization.
- Innovation - Nonprofits that think boldly and look beyond how things have always been done to imagine effective solutions to the unique challenges of those they serve.
- Entrepreneurial Spirit - A nonprofit's spirit of taking informed, responsible risk to identify or create an opportunity and take action aimed at realizing it.
- Impact - Nonprofits that achieve ambitious, measurable results in pursuit of their vision.
- Passion - Nonprofits with board and staff leadership that have a passion and unwavering commitment for their mission.
- Collaboration - Nonprofits that embrace sharing knowledge and taking collective action to strengthen all parties and effectively leverage resources to achieve common objectives and amplify desired impact.
To support programs of 501(c)(3) public charities that have a measurable impact on people's lives, with a focus on education, health, and human services in Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego County, California.
- Human services
Types of support
Program support, capacity building, scholarship programs.
Capacity building is not general operating support. Capacity building is defined as the ability of nonprofits to fulfill their missions in an effective manner. Capacity building grants may include but are not limited to technology or equipment purchases, professional development, technical assistance, etc.
Grants from the John Krakauer Charitable Trust are guided by the donor’s philanthropic vision to support programs that have a measurable impact on people’s lives, with a focus on education, health, and human services in Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego County, California. Charitable organizations that are mission-centered, innovative, entrepreneurial, impactful, passionate, and collaborative exemplify the core values of the donor’s philanthropy.
Average grant size for the first time grantee: $10,000.00
Larger grants may be awarded to repeat grantees based on the impact made by the prior funding.
NOTE: All applicants must be invited to apply for a grant from Bayer Fund. Invitation codes can be requested from the Bayer site in your community or through the Contact Us page.
We support high-quality educational programming by schools and nonprofit organizations that enable access to knowledge and information and empower students and teachers in communities around the nation, with a focus on furthering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education. Priority is given to programs that take place during the school day, but also includes after school and summer programs, technical training programs, and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs.
The in-school educational programs we support target grades K-12 and under-served students (50%+ students qualify for free/reduced lunch) and take place during the school day. The after school and summer programs we support include those offered by youth development organizations that take place outside of the regular school day and provide students in grades K-12 with opportunities to enhance their skills and interests through exposure to STEM fields.
All funding requests and budgets must be for program activities and expenses that start after funding decisions are made. All programs must be completed within one year of the start date, except in limited situations where longer term programs have been agreed upon. Grant award amounts vary, depending on the size of the community, the type of programming, and the reach/impact of the organization.
Ability Central makes grants to improve communication and information access for people who are Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent. Since 2010, Ability Central has provided more than $12.5 million in support of 200+ projects, serving more than 555,000 people with disabilities.
We value our grantees as partners and provide practical support in addition to our funding. We encourage the input, collaboration, and knowledge exchange of our partners through regular communication and grantee meetings. Additionally, we uplift and highlight the impact of our grantee partners throughout our digital presence, at conferences, in our newsletter, and in our annual impact report. We also require grantees to participate in at least one in-person grantee gathering during the year of their grant award, and another one the following year, to share ideas, needs, and lessons with other grantees.
Our 2024 funding cycle for Communication Access projects encourages leadership development projects, healthcare training projects, and innovation and digital accessibility improvement for people with communication disabilities. We award our major grants on an annual basis.
2024 Communication Access Grants
Innovation and digital accessibility projects.
Our major funding encourages the implementation of innovative technologies, services, and solutions benefiting people with disabilities.
Ability Central defines innovation as the development of a new concept into a valuable solution that expands access for people with disabilities when applied and scaled. We encourage innovation with the potential to impact people far beyond the initial study or pilot participants.
Digital accessibility makes it easier for people with communication disabilities to access information, communicate effectively, engage in app-based programs, and participate fully in the digital world.
Developing and training healthcare professionals in strategies and tools that improve access to care for people with communication disabilities.
We are looking for projects to develop, train, and implement resources and programmatic models for people with disabilities who communicate and access information via methods such as braille, screen readers, American Sign Language (ASL), tactile interpreters, co-navigators, and/or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
This project is intended to train and equip healthcare professionals and healthcare systems with the knowledge, accessible resources, and multi-modal communication partner strategies to improve culturally responsive care for patients with communication disabilities and their care teams. These projects should be replicable and include people with disabilities in the planning, training, and implementation.
Career and leadership development projects for people with communication disabilities.
We are seeking strong, scalable, and replicable projects that provide supportive and fairly-compensated career training opportunities for people with communication disabilities.
California Arts Council
The Cultural Pathways (Pathways) program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s (CAC) commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California’s diverse populations.
Intended Outcomes of Pathways:
- Authentic and creative voices of all of California’s diverse communities are celebrated and nurtured.
- A greater diversity of artists, organizations and communities across the state are supported.
- The organizational capacity of small, new and emerging arts and cultural organizations serving these communities are strengthened.
Administrative, artistic, and governance personnel receive significant professional development necessary to make transformational growth within their organizations
The purpose of the Pathways program is to strengthen the capacity of small, new and emerging arts organizations that are rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups, and to anchor the cultural and creative work of these organizations into the cultural landscape of the state.
Successful applicants will receive two years of general operating support up to an amount of $10,000 per year, over the course of the two-year program. Successful applicants will also receive Technical Assistance and Professional Development tools, resources, and training to 1) strengthen their organizational capacity, 2) advance specific skills and knowledge of key administrative and artistic personnel, and support the strategic and long-term stability of an organization. Technical assistance may take the form of convenings, webinars, learning communities, and workshops.
Successful applicants will be expected to:
- Participate in all program activities and contribute to the learning community of the grantee cohort
- Attend one regional convening per year (travel assistance provided)
- Complete an Interim Report at the end of the first year of the grant
- Complete a Final Report at the end of the grant period
Technical Assistance offered through the CAC may include remote training and support in the following areas:
- DataArts Profile (grantees will be expected to participate by the end of the second year)
- Online grants management support
- Grant evaluation and reporting
- Assistance based on identified needs within the cohort of grantees
Professional Development to be identified and selected by the grantee may include training and support in the following areas:
- Strategic planning and implementation
- Leadership and board development
- Nonprofit financial management
- Fund development strategies
- Marketing and outreach
- Data and systems management
- Arts Presenting
- Communicating the value of your work
- Program Evaluation
- Developing and maintaining partnerships
- Assistance based on identified needs within the cohort of grantees
Eligible Request Amounts
Applicant organizations can request up to $30,000 for the two-year grant period. The total request for funding in this two-year grant program cannot exceed 100% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year, as provided on the Budget Snapshot at the time of application.
Bank of Marin
Investing in Our Communities
At Bank of Marin:
- We believe that doing our part to build a stronger community for all is essential to our collective success
- We strive to support nonprofits that foster community and economic vitality, equitable access to educational resources and an enriched quality of life.
- We commit to being a collaborative community partner through focused leadership, volunteerism, giving and financial education.
Since opening our doors in 1990, the Bank and its employees have donated millions of dollars, served on hundreds of nonprofit boards/committees and volunteered thousands of hours to local philanthropic endeavors.
Each year, Bank of Marin donates at least 1% of pre-tax profit to positively impact the communities we serve. We have been named a “Top Corporate Philanthropist in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times since 2003, and was recognized as a community leader as a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy award from its inception in 2014 until the award program was retired in 2020.
Grant Funding Priorities
Social & Economic Vitality:
Foster a thriving economy and community by supporting efforts to meet basic needs.
Organization and programs related to:
- Basic needs and social safety net programs,
- economic development,
- affordable housing, and
- small business support, especially BIPOC and women-owned business.
Enable youth and adults to gain the skills to thrive personally and professionally.
Organization and programs related to:
- youth and professional development programs,
- access gaps in education (especially S.T.E.A.M. education) and professional development, and
- youth mentorship, college preparedness and academic success.
Enrichment & Wellness
Enhance quality of life and provide access to health and wellness programs.
Organization and programs related to:
- access to arts and cultural experiences,
- animal rescue and animal-human therapy,
- disability programs, and
- environment and sustainability.
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