Core Support Grants

Overview

The Satterberg Foundation is pleased to provide funding opportunities to nonprofit organizations through the Core Support Grant-- a multi-year general operating grant that funds up to $100,000 per year, for up to three years. We plan to award up to 60 Core Support Grants in 2018. This program is structured to represent a blend of ideas that Satterberg believes will contribute to resilient nonprofit organizations, strong partnerships with the Foundation, and ultimately the fulfillment of Satterberg’s mission to create a Just Society and a Sustainable Environment.

Through the Core Support Grant program, the Foundation seeks to fund organizations doing the majority of their work in Washington and California that are highly aligned with Satterberg’s mission  The Satterberg Foundation values building relationships as opposed to transactional grantmaking, and we aim to create a program that can evolve over time through learning and experiences with our grantee partners.

Process

In brief, we will have a three­-stage process consisting of a letter of intent (LOI), site visit, and full application. We will strongly encourage applicants to request grants of $300,000 over 3 years whenever possible, but respect the wishes of organizations who choose to propose less.

Timeline

StateLOI Submission PeriodLOI Status NotificationSite VisitsApplication DueFunding Decision
CaliforniaAugust 1-15, 2017Late November 2017December 2017 - January 2018January 31, 20182nd Quarter 2018, exact date TBD
WashingtonOctober 2-16, 2017Late February 2018March - May 2018May 31, 20183rd Quarter 2018, exact date TBD

Program Goals

  • Fund non­profit organizations promoting at least one of Satterberg’s mission focus areas. Partner grantees’ mission statement will be aligned with Satterberg’s mission statement.
  • Mission Balance: We aspire to make 40% of Core Support Grants to organizations aligned with the Just Society portion of our mission; 40% to those working on a Sustainable Environment; and 20% to those working across both of these mission areas.
  • Geographic Balance: We aspire to make 60% of Core Support Grants to organizations working in Washington, and 40% to organizations working in California.

In addition to evaluating the mission alignment of applicants, Satterberg may prioritize applicants that demonstrate strengths in these areas:

  • Environmental Justice: Organizations working across Satterberg's mission areas of promoting a Just Society and a Sustainable Environment.
  • Advocacy and Civic Engagement: Organizations that are community-led, working for community-led solutions; and organizations creating leadership opportunities for communities to use their voices.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Organizations that have (or are working toward) a plan for creating opportunities for the people they serve and impact; and organizations working to remove systemic barriers and inequity.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a Core Support Grant, applicant organizations must:

  • Be a tax­ exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code or equivalent, or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Be nondiscriminatory in its policies and practices in regards to sex, race, color, marital status, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, and age.
  • Have a mission statement reflecting its work in promoting a Just Society and/or Sustainable Environment.
  • Make the majority of its impact in Washington and/or California.
  • Have a current year annual expense budget under $5 million. The fiscal sponsor of an organization does not have to have an expense budget under $5 million.
  • Have at least 1 paid FTE (full time equivalent) employee. Having more than 1 employee to accommodate the 1 FTE requirement is acceptable (i.e. two 0.5 employees or four 0.25 employees make 1 FTE).
  • Not use its grant for individuals, political candidates or religious purposes.

*Current Satterberg Foundation grant recipients may not be eligible to receive a Core Support grant. If you are a current grantee, please contact Satterberg Foundation staff for more information.

How To Apply

Step One: Determine if you are a good fit

Please read through the Satterberg Foundation website and Core Support Grant Program information to ensure your organization is eligible to apply. Understand that Satterberg seeks to partner with organizations whose overall mission is aligned with Satterberg’s mission of promoting a Just Society and Sustainable Environment—mission alignment is not considered through one-off program or service offerings. Read here to see Satterberg's mission described in full, and take a look at our 2017 Core Support grantees in California and Washington.

If your organization has questions about eligibility and fit, please read the FAQ section below and participate in/listen to a webinar session once available. Also, Satterberg staff are available to determine your eligibility. Contact a Satterberg staff member if you have any questions.

Step Two: Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

We have a fairly brief LOI form that asks for responses to the following:

  • What is your organization's mission statement? (max. 75 words)
  • Briefly describe how you carry out your mission. What are your organization's primary programs and services? What community does your organization serve, in population and location? (max. 350 words)
  • How does your mission align with the Satterberg Foundation's mission of promoting a Just Society and a Sustainable Environment? (max. 250 words)
  • Does your organization engage in advocacy? How are you helping to empower communities to overcome barriers and inequity? If you do not engage much with advocacy, please explain why. (max. 250 words)
  • How do the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion inform your work? How are they reflected in your operations and programming? (max. 250 words)

If you think your organization may be a good fit, you may begin crafting answers to these questions, with attention to the allotted number of words for each question. There are two separate LOI submission dates based on the state in which your organization is located. During these two-week LOI collection periods, a link will be provided on the Satterberg website to create an account and submit your LOI. Please refer to the Core Support timeline above for specific submission dates. All submitted LOIs will be considered for funding in the next calendar year (if you submit an LOI in 2017, you will be considered for funding in 2018).

After LOI submission, Satterberg staff may reach out to organizations with additional questions, such as asking to submit financial information.

Step Three: Notification

Please refer to the Core Support timeline for dates of expected decisions. If an organization has questions about the status of its LOI, please contact Satterberg Foundation staff.

If an organization is declined, a hard copy letter will be sent to the organization. Satterberg is open to communicating feedback to organizations around eligibility and general fit within the Core Support program. Information on how to contact Satterberg will be included in the letter.

For organizations that are invited to meet with Satterberg through a site visit and submit a full application, an application form and submission information will be communicated through email and a phone call. Application and grant award decisions will take place at quarterly Satterberg Board meetings.

The full application will focus on the organization’s mission and their involvement in advocacy, equity, and capacity building. The length of the application is about four pages, and answers can be presented in a narrative form or by answering the individual prompts.

Step Four: Decision

Funding decisions are made by the Satterberg Board. Applicant organizations will be notified within the week following the board meeting. Both a phone call and hardcopy letter will be mailed to your organization with notice of either a declination or a grant award.  Please review the Core Support timeline for specific dates.

Satterberg looks forward to building a relationship with awarded organizations.  Part of Satterberg’s relationship development may include a kick-­off meeting to talk about potential (and reasonable) milestones the organization hopes to achieve in the life of the grant, or engaging Satterberg family members to spend a day in the organization’s shoes (so we can roll up our sleeves, work alongside you, and get a first­hand view of your work). We may also invite organizations to attend a convening with other Satterberg grantees to discuss common issues, trends, and capacity building needs.

Information Sessions

Satterberg Program Officers host in-person information sessions and webinars to discuss the Core Support Grant. The information sessions last one hour, with a 10-minute overview of Satterberg’s mission and methodology, the Core Support Grant process (including timeline), and LOI questions. The bulk of the session, 50 minutes, is dedicated to answering questions from attendees about Satterberg and the Core Support Grant.

Space is limited for information sessions. Before you RSVP, Satterberg asks that your organization:

  • Be eligible to apply for a Core Support Grant. Please thoroughly read the Satterberg website and Core Support Grant information to determine eligibility before signing up to attend a session.
  • Be respectful of space, and bring no more than 2 representatives from your organization. 1 individual is preferred.
  • Be prepared to ask questions! The information session is designed to answer questions from attendees. Please attend if you are ready to ask questions about Satterberg and the Core Support Grant.

Click here to RSVP for a Core Support Info Session.

Click here to listen to a recording of the July 11 webinar.

Click here to contact a Satterberg staff member. We are happy to answer questions.

Information Session Calendar

DateTime (all Pacific)Location
June 27, 20171:00 - 2:00 PMSeattle: Securities Building 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1904 3rd Avenue
July 11, 20171:00 - 2:00 PMWebinar/Conference Call
July 20, 201710:00 - 11:00 AMLos Angeles: The California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda Street
July 25, 20171:00 - 2:00 PMSeattle: Securities Building 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1904 3rd Avenue (SESSION FULL)
July 27, 20173:00 - 4:00 PMSan Diego: San Diego Grantmakers, 5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350 San Diego, CA 92122
July 28, 201711:00 - 12:00 PMSan Diego: San Diego Grantmakers, 5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350 San Diego, CA 92122
August 8, 20171:00 - 2:00 PMWebinar/Conference Call
August 22, 20171:00 - 2:00 PMSeattle: Securities Building 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1904 3rd Avenue
September 12, 20171:00 - 2:00 PMWebinar/Conference Call

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this program different to your previous grant programs?

  • This program is more competitive in the area of mission alignment.
  • These funds are for general operating support.
  • Organizations up to $5M can apply for funding up to $100k a year, as opposed to the budget-adjusted amounts in the previous grant programs.

Why is the maximum ask per year $100,000?

  • Given our Foundation’s assets, breadth of mission and geographic focus, and our desire to provide substantive general operating support to nonprofits, this sum allows Satterberg to give both broadly and deeply in the areas identified by our Board.

Is there a minimum operating budget size required to apply?

What if our organization is based in Washington or California but does not serve those areas?

  • The applicant organization must have a majority of impact in either or both California and Washington but does not does not need to be located in either. Organizations that do not do the majority of their work in California or Washington are generally not considered eligible.

What if our organization is headquartered outside of Washington or California but serves one of those areas?

  • It does not matter where the applicant organization is based. An organization must have a majority of their impact in either California or Washington to be eligible for Satterberg Core Support funding.

In addition to advocacy, do you also fund lobbying?

What if our organization does not meet some of the eligibility criteria now, but will by the time we could receive funding from the Satterberg Foundation?

  • The current status of your organization is what we to determine your organization’s eligibility. Therefore, if you do not meet the eligibility requirements when you apply, you are not eligible. If you become eligible later, we suggest revisiting at that time.

What does it mean for Satterberg to be relational in their grantmaking?

Satterberg looks forward to building a relationship with the grantee organizations. Part of Satterberg’s relationship development may include a kick­-off call/meeting to talk about potential (and reasonable) milestones the organization hopes to achieve in the life of the grant, or engaging Satterberg family members to spend a day in the organization’s shoes (so we can roll up our sleeves, work alongside you, and get a first­hand view of your work). We may also invite organizations to attend a convening with other Satterberg grantees to discuss common issues, trends, and capacity building needs.

How will the Satterberg Board and Family be engaged in this process?

  • The Satterberg Board and family engage with the Core Support Grant process through LOI and application review committees, as well as attending convenings with grantees. The Satterberg Board determines funding based on the recommendations from review committee members.

What does a site visit entail and do you require a site visit prior to grant approval?

  • Generally, we will request a site visit with organizations who have been invited to submit a full application. Site visits will be scheduled with applicant organizations before the application deadline. At this stage in the application process, Satterberg wants to take a deeper dive and find resonance in how an organization does their work. We may request a site visit and/or phone call to spend time with the organization’s leadership, and build an understanding of your organization’s abilities, insight, dedication, and vision. We also want to know if you are having fun while doing the work, and if it is apparent that the work of the organization is truly guided by the organization’s mission.

Technical Tips for Using our Online Application

Below are a few steps that you can take to help prevent issues when accessing and filling out our online grant forms: 

Use Internet Explorer or Firefox.

  • While you can access our applications and see the questions using most browsers, only Microsoft Edge or Firefox will correctly open and display the entire form. Some browsers may have issues related to cookies and some will not display the navigation buttons for the application.

Cookies must be enabled on your browser.

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Write your answers in a separate word document before copying and pasting into the online application.

  • This ensures your information is not lost if your application is not saved.

Do not open other browser windows while completing your application.

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Do not format answers in application answer fields.

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    2. Select Junk E-mail Options from the drop-down menu.
    3. On the Junk E-mail Options dialog box, click the Safe Senders tab, then click Add.
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Access your saved application instead of starting a new one.

If you created an online account and are now unable to log back in, contact us.

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If an online account was created by an employee who is no longer with your organization, contact us to reset your password.

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