Foundation Highlight Dr. Scholl Foundation

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the MAC AIDS Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants, the National Forest Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Dedalus Foundation and the Best Buy Foundation.

This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Dr. Scholl Foundation, established by Dr. William M. Scholl in 1947 as the giving arm of the company selling over-the-counter foot remedies.

Deadline: March 1 (all applications are acknowledged). Funding: Awards vary (the foundation distributed about $6.6 million in grants last year).

It has awarded more than $250 million since 1980 in charitable grants. Grants are made annually. Focus areas include programs for children, developmentally disabled, civic and cultural institutions, social service agencies, hospitals and healthcare, environmental organizations and religious institutions.

Youth/children programs have benefited. The foundation gave $5,000 to Rainbows for All Children Itasca, IL, for a children’s bereavement program and $10,000 to Environmental Learning for Kids, Denver, CO, for operating support. The website is at:

Contact: Pamela Scholl, foundation president, 847/559-7430; Dr. Scholl Foundation, 1033 Skokie Blvd., Suite 230, Northbrook, IL., 60062.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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