Mabee Foundation Grants

J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $1,000,000

Next deadline: Sep 1, 2018

Later deadlines: Dec 3, 2018, Mar 1, 2019, Jun 3, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma Expand all

Location of residency: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma Expand all

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Overview:

Mabee Foundation Grants

The general objectives and purposes of the Mabee Foundation are to assist religious, charitable and educational organizations. In carrying out these objectives, certain guidelines or standards within which the Mabee Foundation operates have been established. The Trustees feel a keen sense of responsibility in making grants to organizations and institutions which will utilize such grants for the purpose of carrying out the objectives stated above. In line with this responsibility, the Foundation makes grants to non-profit, tax exempt, non tax supported, established institutions which combine sound character and stability with progressiveness and purpose. Under the Tax Reform Act of 1969, grants made by the Mabee Foundation are made to those organizations which are of such a nature as to make the grants eligible as “qualifying distributions.” It is not the intention of the Foundation to make grants to organizations where the exercise of expenditure responsibility by the Foundation is required under the Tax Reform Act of 1969.

From the date of its inception through the most recent fiscal year, grants paid by the Foundation to various educational, religious and charitable institutions have totaled in excess of $1.1 billion. The Foundation’s giving is divided

  • 33% to private, independent non-tax supported colleges;
  • 45% to community activities, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, food banks, children’s homes and organizations which care for handicapped, abused and neglected children and adults;
  • 4% for religious affiliated organizations, including seminaries, campus ministries, Christian camps and centers; and
  • 18% for scientific, health and medical activities, principally grants to hospitals and healthcare activities.

At August 31, 2016, assets of the Foundation had a total value of approximately $992 million.

Awarding of Grants

Most of the Mabee Foundation grants are made toward building and facility construction and renovation projects and to the purchase of major medical equipment. 

Although the Foundation does not fund requests for purchase of land, operating or program needs, maintenance reserves, endowment or interest on short-term financing to cover pledges, applicants may include these items in the project cost or campaign amounts.

Ordinarily, grants are made on a challenge or conditional basis so as to provide incentive for enlisting the support of other donors. No matching formula is involved. The challenge is to raise whatever balance is needed to assure full project funding within the challenge period. Typically, grants are for a portion of the costs remaining at the time of grant approval. There is no firm rule as to what percent of the total project cost may be the subject of a challenge grant. However, the general philosophy of the Foundation has been to help those who help themselves and to encourage additional gift support. Accordingly, the lower percent of the total project cost being the subject of a challenge grant is a positive factor. 

In the interest of fairness, an organization may submit only one request per twelve-month period (unless there has been a dramatic change in circumstances with respect to the previous application). A minimum of two years must pass between final payment of any previous grant and submission of another request (except with respect to Junior Achievement and United Way in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas).

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Eligibility:

  • Organization must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and is not a “private foundation” under 509(a).
  • The Mabee Foundation geographical area of giving includes only the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Preferences:

  • In considering applications for substantial projects, the Foundation prefers to participate with other donors, and encourages the applicant to seek support from other foundations and donors to share in the total project before making application to the Foundation.
    • Thus, it is important that an application be timed so as to permit the greatest use of a Mabee Foundation challenge grant.
    • The applicant should have raised approximately 40% from other donors (excluding borrowings, reserve funds and government grants) before applying and will have outlined a fundraising strategy, incorporating the use of a Mabee Foundation challenge grant, for securing the balance of funds needed to complete the project.

Ineligibility:

  • Although it is a broad-based foundation, the Mabee Foundation does not make:
    • Grants for deficit financing and debt retirement. (note: If a construction contract has been executed prior to the time an application is to be considered by the Foundation, it will be treated as a request for deficit financing.)  
    • Grants for operating or program funds or annual fund raising campaigns (except with respect to Junior Achievement and United Way in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas. )
    • Grants for projects likely to be long delayed.  
    • Grants for endowments.  
    • Grants for governmental owned or operated institutions and/or facilities (such as state universities and municipal parks, hospitals and libraries).  
    • Grants of educational institutions below the college level.  
    • Grants exclusively for furnishing or equipment (except major medical equipment).  
    • Grants to a church. 
    • Foundation does not fund requests for purchase of land, operating or program needs, maintenance reserves, endowment or interest on short-term financing to cover pledges, applicants may include these items in the project cost or campaign amounts. Generally, the Foundation does not grant initial funds or total project costs.
    • Challenge periods cannot extend beyond twelve months. 


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