Private Funder: Wayne & Gladys Valley Foundation; Opportunity: Foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, at-risk youth, health and faith-based efforts; Geographic Focus: California; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation distributed about $27 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The foundation makes grants to organizations which have broad-based funding support, specifically defined goals and purposes, and demonstrated effectiveness in its programs.
Primary areas of interest include higher, secondary, and other education; medical research; health care; youth; local parks and recreational facilities; and local Catholic organizations (http://tinyurl.com/ozec6b5).
Start with an application letter. It is general policy that none of the foundation’s staff or directors will meet with an applicant before an application letter has been received by the foundation. Youth groups often benefit from the foundation’s grants. For example, the foundation gave $500,000 to the YMCA, Berkeley-Albany, Berkeley, CA, for construction of new YMCA Teen Center.