Grants for Christian Nonprofits
Grants for Christian Nonprofits in the United States
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The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company, its global philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and its regional foundations strive daily to be responsive to the citizenship priorities in the global communities where we live and work.
At The Coca-Cola Company, we recognize that we cannot have a healthy and growing business unless the communities we serve are healthy and sustainable. As a global beverage company, we have committed ourselves to improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business. Our community investment priorities reflect the global and local nature of our business and focuses on areas where The Coca-Cola Company can make a unique and sustainable difference: women, water and the environment, education and community well-being.
Protecting the Environment
In addition, the Foundation supports many local community programs such as arts and culture, community and economic development programs in the United States, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.
Our community commitment is shared across The Coca-Cola system. When natural disasters strike, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the entire Coca-Cola system respond to offer emergency relief. Through the Coca-Cola Matching Gifts Program, eligible employees make personal contributions to qualified organizations and The Coca-Cola Foundation matches those contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.
Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment receives a few thousand grant requests each year, but we can fund only a small percentage of many worthwhile proposals. These guidelines, formulated over the years by our founders and the Endowment's Board of Directors, govern our grantmaking decisions.
Our Work: Religion
Our primary aim in religion is to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, principally by supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations. We seek to ensure that congregations have a steady stream of wise, faithful and well-prepared leaders. We also support efforts that help Christians draw on the wisdom of their theological traditions as they strive to understand and respond to contemporary challenges and live their faith more fully. In addition, we work to foster public understanding about religion and help lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of diverse religious faiths make to our greater civic well-being.
Strengthening Pastoral Leadership
We believe that the long-term vitality of congregations depends on excellent pastoral leadership, and our grants seek to ensure that congregations have a steady stream of wise, faithful and well-prepared leaders. By drawing upon research and insights from conversations with thoughtful religious leaders, we strive to support efforts that present promising responses to challenges facing pastoral leadership and Christian congregations. We pay particular attention to key moments along the arc of a pastor’s ministerial career – from a young person’s wrestling with a call to ministry to an experienced pastor’s seeking to sustain excellence.
Deepening Christian Life
We seek to help American Christians live their faith fully and well through grants that support the exploration of compelling questions facing Christian congregations. How can Christians draw more fully on the wisdom of scriptural and theological traditions to understand and respond to contemporary challenges? How can Christian faith be nurtured throughout life and passed to new generations? How are pastors, theologians and others responding to the influence of rapid cultural change on all aspects of life, including faith?
Enhancing Congregational Vitality
We believe that vibrant congregations enrich the lives of their members and those they serve through mission outreach in their communities and throughout the world. We, therefore, support efforts to enhance the vitality of congregations and address the most pressing challenges facing them. In so doing, we focus on questions such as the following:
What makes Christian congregations vibrant, effective communities of faith? How can congregations be renewed and strengthened in the face of contemporary social change? How can congregational leadership become stronger and more sustainable? How can practices for promoting congregational vitality be shared among diverse congregations?
Strengthening Religious Institutions and Networks
We believe that institutions beyond local congregations are essential to their vitality and the success of their ministries. These institutions and the networks to which they belong are addressing important issues facing Christianity.
How can theological schools, colleges and universities and judicatories help strengthen pastors and prepare a new generation of Christian leaders? How can these organizations collaborate more effectively with each other and with congregations to enhance and sustain the mission of Christian churches and parishes? How can various Christian institutions address the economic challenges facing seminarians, pastors and congregations?
Improving the Public Understanding of Religion
Religion plays a critical role in shaping American life. Through grants on an invitational basis to major cultural institutions and nonprofit news and media organizations around the country, we seek to foster public understanding about religion and lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of all faiths and diverse religious communities make to our greater civic well-being.
What We Fund
Our religion grantmaking aims to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, principally by supporting efforts that enrich the vitality of congregations. We believe that the long-term health of congregations depends on excellent pastoral leadership, and our grants seek to ensure that congregations have a steady stream of wise, faithful and well-prepared leaders. We also support efforts that help Christians draw on the wisdom of their theological traditions as they strive to understand and respond to contemporary challenges and live out their faith more fully. Much of this work centers on the theological concept of vocation and focuses on helping Christians, especially youth and young adults, discover how God calls them to lead lives of meaning and purpose.In addition, we believe that religion plays a critical role in shaping American life. Through grants to major cultural institutions and 501(c) (3) news and media organizations, we seek to foster public understanding about religion and lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of all faiths and diverse religious communities make to our greater civic well-being.Our grantmaking in religion is national in scope
The Taylor Foundation is a private, family foundation that was established in 2012. The foundation focuses its giving on; commitment to the Christian Faith, the preservation of family values, the support of children, senior citizen care programs, quality healthcare, the value of education and the blessings of our American Heritage.
What We Value
Nonprofits in Our Community. We look for inspirational organizations that embody the values and beliefs at the core of the Taylor family. We encourage and support collaboration among our grantees to maximize resources in sustaining programs and achieving outcomes. We believe nonprofits play an exceptional and vital role in our communities around America. The sector enriches community life, offers people a way to participate, stands up for underrepresented people, provides needed services, and pioneers solutions to social and economic problems. The goal of the Taylor Family Foundation is to help nonprofits build a strong collective voice, and impact in their communities.
The Taylor Family Foundation focuses its’ giving on youth, senior citizens, family values, and programs that strengthen community through collaboration and/or development of nonprofit leadership.
The Foundation considers grants for early-stage ideas. Organizations that can leverage the Foundation’s support with funding from additional sources are looked upon favorably. The Foundation does not fund individuals. The Taylor Family Foundation has outlined program area goals to guide its giving.
The Taylor Family Foundation supports 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the priority areas of:
- The condition of women and children in society, particularly those living in poverty. The Foundation seeks to foster a supportive environment for all families to ensure children’s healthy development.
- Vital non-profit sector by supporting re-granting through community funds committed to social change; and by supporting intermediary organizations that enhance the management capacity of non-profit organizations.
- Demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level.
- Promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.
Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Mission & Values
Mission: To improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity.
Values: The Community Foundation is committed to the following as essential to our effectiveness. We aspire to reflect the following values as we serve the community:
- Integrity: An abiding pledge to honesty, professionalism, humility, and respect.
- Inclusion: We seek and elevate diverse voices. We are most impactful when our organization and deliberations include people from varied backgrounds, opinions, and perspectives.
- Excellence: In our every endeavor.
- Collaboration: We believe in teamwork, both internally and externally. We desire to be trusted partners with community members, civic leaders, and not-for-profit organizations to provide high-impact programs and services benefitting the broadest possible constituency.
Bontrager Family Foundation
Bontrager family advisors will focus on making a measurable impact on organizations that share the same value system instilled deep into their family heritage, including Christian faith-based organizations, youth and families, the Middlebury community.
Even before Jayco Inc. was founded in 1968, Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager were dedicated to tithing and giving to charitable causes. Throughout Jayco’s decades of production and growth in Middlebury, the family always remained committed to tithe (a biblical practice of giving 10 percent) from its profits. The family often supported Mennonite schools, colleges, universities, church organizations as well as national, international and local charities.
The Bontrager Family Foundation allows the family to continue its tradition of giving. Family members will advise where to give gifts from the foundation and use the fund as an instrument to accomplish their charitable goals. Their culture of philanthropy will impact the success of many nonprofits serving Elkhart County.
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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.
Trust for the Meditation Process
Since 1986, The Trust for the Meditation Process has encouraged the practice of inner, silent awareness, whether it's called meditation, mindfulness or contemplative prayer. Our financial grants to non-profit organizations renew contemplative Christianity, promote health and wholeness, and bring silence and stillness to a hectic world.
Contemplative Christianity Grants
Many people think of meditation as an exclusively Eastern religious practice. But Western religion, too, has a long tradition of silent, non-discursive prayer, often called contemplation, which is rooted in a rich mystical literature. Contemporary thinkers are unearthing this tradition. Their fresh encounter with the Gospels and mystics emphasizes that God is a living presence in us – to be known in silence and love and manifested in our acts of compassion.
- Grants made in the Contemplative Christianity Program have these objectives:
- Introduce or expand the teaching and practice of Christian contemplative practices, such as Christian Meditation or Centering Prayer.
- Focus on silent, non discursive meditation rather than another aspect or method of prayer or spiritual formation.
- Connect with a Christian audience or have a Christian context.
- Identify and support emerging scholars and leaders in Contemplative Christianity and Christian mysticism.
- Raise the profile of Contemplative Christianity, with language and programs that speak to all Christian denominations and that reconnect people to Christian contemplative traditions.
- Reach underserved populations, such as children, teens, and young adults, people of color, people who are LGBTQ, people with low incomes and people facing addictions, illness, trauma or loss.
- Encourage dialogue among contemplative traditions in all religions.
Thirty years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts medical school adapted classic forms of meditation found in most religions for a modern, secular audience. A simple practice of paying silent attention to the present moment formed the core of their efforts to help people improve physical and emotional health.
Since then, a large and rigorous body of research has shown that a regular practice of mindfulness meditation can change us in many significant ways: improving immune function, reducing stress, reducing pain and symptoms of chronic disease, improving sleep, improving attention, fostering self- care and compassion, and the list continues to grow. Today, an ever widening interest in the benefits of mindfulness practice has led to its introduction in many fields and professions.
Grants made in the Mindfulness Program have both of these objectives:
Mindfulness Program grants are highly competitive and we generally receive more applications than we can award.
Our focus is short-term projects where a small grant can make a credible impact and result in clearly identifiable outcomes. We make 20 to 40 grants annually. Initial awards are typically small – $3,000 to $5,000.
The type of projects we fund includes:
- Meditation courses, workshops, lectures or retreats.
- Trainings, sabbaticals, retreats and other development for meditation teachers.
- Meditation curriculum development.
- Books, supplies and equipment for meditation programs.
- Efforts to expand and build the capacity of meditation programs and address barriers to practice.
- Meditation research, especially the development of simple, effective, accessible evaluation tools.
- Publications that effectively spread critical perspectives on meditation and meet an important gap in the current literature.
- East/West meditation dialogue.