We believe that youth who thrive and develop their innate talents are best able to positively impact their families, communities, and society.

Our Aspiration

  • Support youth from under-resourced communities to realize their full potential by leveraging their unique talents and capabilities.
  • Ensure diverse opportunities for youth to explore and develop their talents.
  • Encourage interactions across racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Submit a Letter of Inquiry

While the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are welcome. We most actively review LOIs in January/February and July/August for board meetings in June and December. However, you may submit an LOI at any point throughout the year.

General Guidance for Prospective Grantees

  • We focus on funding organizations that are aligned with our mission and are working to address deep, meaningful needs that they are uniquely positioned to meet.
  • We only fund 501(c)(3) organizations, in good standing.
  • Although we sometimes fund select national organizations, we generally fund organizations working in Minnesota, Dallas, Northern San Francisco Bay Area / Marin County, and the Vail Valley.
  • We are committed to funding programs that support the advancement of women and girls.
  • We are NOT accepting requests for: capital improvements, endowments, or scientific research.

Specific Guidance for Youth Development Focus Area

  • We focus on funding organizations that are uniquely positioned to realize significant components of our focus-area aspiration (above).
  • We focus on programs that serve youth who are high school-aged and younger
  • We focus on programs that work with youth over a long time frame (i.e. years vs. days or weeks)
To learn more about our grantees, please view our annual report.