Step One: Determine if you are a potential 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 looks to provide general operating support to entire organizations and reviews an organization holistically according to its mission--alignment is not considered through one-off programs, projects or service offerings. Read here to see Satterberg's mission described in full, and take a look at who Satterberg has funded the past two years in California (2017 / 2018) and Washington (2017 / 2018).
If your organization has questions about eligibility and fit, please read the FAQ section below and participate in/listen to a webinar information session once available. Also, Satterberg staff are available to determine your eligibility. Contact a Satterberg staff member if you have any questions.
Please understand that Satterberg receives approximately 500 LOIs annually and funds about 60 grants. This means many excellent organizations that are potentially a good fit for funding will not ultimately receive a Core Support Grant.
Step Two: Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Satterberg intentionally created a brief LOI form, for applicant organizations to not spend an onerous amount of time in drafting a response and to ultimately get to the center of who/what the applicant organization is about. The LOI asks applicants to answer the following questions:
- What is your organization's board-approved mission statement? No paraphrasing or adapting, please. (max. 40 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 works. 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.
As part of our review process, Satterberg staff may reach out to organizations with additional questions, such as asking to submit financial information.
Step Three: Notification and Site Visit
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, we will send an email notice to the individual listed as the primary point of contact for your LOI. 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 email message.
For organizations that are invited to meet with Satterberg through a site visit, further information will be communicated via email and a phone call.
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.