Policies & Guidelines


  • The Foundation concentrates its giving within Southeast Michigan and Western New York. Southeast Michigan is defined as Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. Western New York is defined as Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
  • The Foundation has a strong interest in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York and concentrates its giving in these regions. Programs located outside of these regions generally are not encouraged.
  • The Foundation assigns highest priority to projects falling within program areas listed above. Projects outside the scope of these programs generally are not encouraged.
  • No grant is made which can be construed to be a taxable expenditure as defined in Section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code, or in other current rules or regulations.



  • The Foundation desires to identify and encourage projects that have significant potential for resolving important problems and needs in the Southeast Michigan and Western New York regions.
  • The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that are creative and visionary, bold and dynamic, as well as feasible and realistic. The Foundation acknowledges that some experiments may not succeed, but prefers the risks involved in the new methods and approaches as opposed to the resolute acceptance of the status quo. The Foundation desires to support projects that offer substantial leverage and trendsetting opportunities.
  • The Foundation prefers to support established organizations that have a record of success. On occasion, however, the Foundation will support a new organization where it is believed that no established organization is appropriate to fulfill a needed service for the community.
  • The Foundation likes to encourage coalition efforts of agencies addressing significant community problems of mutual concern.
  • The Foundation generally does not make grants to individuals, fundraising social events, conferences or exhibits. Applications that fall into this scope of work are not encouraged.
  • The Foundation may make grants to tax exempt intermediary organizations for programs that do not have tax exempt, non-private foundation status and/or in cases where program and fiscal oversight services are desired. In such cases, the tax-exempt intermediary organizations will have discretion to disburse the funds granted to accomplish the program purposes, including selection of third–party donors.
  • The Foundation accepts no responsibility for keeping any part of a request confidential and reserves the right to discuss a proposal with outside consultants or others.
  • In order to maintain flexibility to continuously permit positive response to emerging programs of importance, the Foundation does not typically make grant commitments extending more than five years from any point in time.

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Organizations in Western New York and Southeast Michigan within our four core funding areas are now welcome to apply through our online process.

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