Shavlik Family Foundation Grant

Shavlik Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Dec 1, 2020 9:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Feb 15, 2021 9:59pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $30,000

Fields of work: Technology Access & Digital Literacy All fields of work

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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About this funder:




The Shavlik Family Foundation focuses on supporting nonprofits that are based in and serve the people of Minnesota. Its goal is to provide opportunities by removing barriers to information and access to technology. By assisting nonprofits through technology project funding the Foundation has been able to help organizations improve their operations, program efficiency, collaboration, donor support, as well as give access to technology and information to clients, and create opportunities for people to succeed. We want to see information technology used to empower people and organizations to find their full potential.

Who We Fund

The Shavlik Family Foundation does not focus on the size, location or services provided by a nonprofit. We simply want to fund the best technology projects that we feel have the greatest impact on an organization or the community it serves.

We continue to be inspired every year with new and different ways technology can be applied to issues facing the Minnesota nonprofit community

Funding Outcomes

The Foundation is primarily focused on information and technology resources that remove barriers or build capacity for nonprofits and their clients.

Some of the outcomes of the projects we have funded include:

  • Projects that give people access to information or skills
  • Provide organizations or their clients with better data by which to make decisions
  • Create collaborative environments, better communication or marketing platforms
  • Improve donor or volunteer relations
  • Give operational savings and efficiencies
  • Change how an organization delivers services

As technology constantly evolves we are open to expanding what we fund and look forward to hearing about new ideas for technology projects that will solve issues nonprofits face in delivering on their unique mission.

Areas of Interest 

The Foundation is primarily focused on information and technology resources that remove barriers or build capacity for nonprofits and their clients. For example: 

  • The utilization of new technology creates a gain of information that in turn provides more choices and improves clients’ or the organization’s ability to make better decisions. 
  • The exposure and use of technology creates skills that lead clients to greater selfsufficiency and opportunities.
  • Non-profits can take advantage of technology to create collaborations gaining efficiency to serving clients more effectively. 
  • Implementing databases and reporting functionality to improve donor relations resulting in improved fundraising and with it the ability to serve more clients. 
  • Improving programs or general operations through the use of a technology that leads to operational savings for an organization. 
  • Using technology to improve communications and education in ways that lead to greater reach for the organization or the populations they serve. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Shavlik Family Foundation awards grants to Minnesota based charitable, nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as 501(c) 3 public charities.
  • While we like to understand the programs and services of every organization, we base our grant awards on the merits of the technology project being submitted.


  •  We do not accept grants from individuals or those using a fiscal sponsor.
  • Generally, the Foundation will not:
    • Make grants to individuals or for the benefit of pre-selected individuals
    • Provide funds to lobby legislation or influence public elections
    • Promote any religious doctrine or any specific religious organizations
    • Serve as replacement funding for public programs
  • In addition, we do not fund routine replacement of hardware and software.
    • We encourage organizations to create regular budget plans for upgrades within their operating budgets.
  • Also, we are very cautious to fund customized software.
    • Custom software puts the organization in the position of needing to be responsible for its technology and ongoing upgrades and maintenance as platforms change.
    • We feel this can take away from an organization's ability to focus on the core services it provides.
  • We do not fund STEM or other educational programs, although we will consider a technology that supports these efforts.
  • Multiple year grants are not accepted.
    • Complicated technology projects that take multiple years to complete can be broken down into smaller projects for consideration.
    • Ongoing maintenance and sustainability costs should be highlighted.