Grants are awarded to eligible organizations that demonstrate their potential to improve outcomes for vulnerable people by supporting families, communities and/or nonprofit sector systems.

The more compelling the connection between what an Applicant expects to achieve through its request and our Donors’ priorities as described here, the stronger the case for support.


Effective parents build good family systems. Children need strong, stable and resilient caregivers. Those responsible for raising a child need skills, knowledge, support and guidance. Caregivers who nurture children’s physical, emotional, mental, linguistic and social development with warmth and love help them realize their full potential – to be educated, healthy and economically self-sufficient. Our Donors believe the family shapes who children become – that the relationship between caregiver and child – the family system – is a powerful way to improve outcomes for both.

Eligible Target Population


Economically Disadvantaged Families

  • Our Donors define economic self-sufficiency as the point at which a youth or parent can consistently cover his or her basic costs of living without government subsidy or financial aid. Within the US, the benchmark for economic self-sufficiency is 300% of FPL or the approximate equivalent of 110% of average state-wide Median Household Income. In Canada, the benchmark is 200% of LICO or MBM for a given location. Under extraordinary circumstances, an applicant can articulate another relevant measure to verify the target population being served has yet to attain economic self-sufficiency.
    • Applicants should articulate the process by which income is verified.
    • Applicants should be able to verify at least 80% of those served have not yet attained economic self-sufficiency
    • Savings and assets are encouraged. Populations only become ineligible when savings and assets exceed the equivalent of three months of income at the FPL/LICO thresholds noted above.
    • In special circumstances, when a higher income threshold is appropriate, or an alternate measure is being used, applicants should provide a clear rationale for doing so.
  • Parents are the person or persons actively caring for a child or children, which can include guardians, custodians, foster parents and others not related to the child.
  • Families are one or two parents or guardians with dependent children age 18 and younger; pregnant mothers; and, when family reunification is a focus, parents who have lost custody of their children.
  • Efforts designed to benefit a universal audience or target population other than listed here are not eligible for Donor support.


A person’s postal code can be a primary determinant of health, education and employment outcomes. People who live in economically and socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods don’t have the same opportunities as their advantaged peers. Issues such as homelessness, poverty and low performing schools can block the path for individuals and families trying to reach their full potential. Our Donors believe communities can mobilize to tackle underlying conditions contributing to disparities and provide an environment that allows for individuals and families to thrive. All initiatives must address issues connected to the broader Investment Framework and provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to move toward health, education and/or economic self-sufficiency.

Eligible Target Population


Economically Disadvantaged Communities & Community-Driven Partnerships

  • Defined geographic areas acknowledged to be economically disadvantaged including cities, towns, neighbourhoods or regions designated by the federal, provincial/state, or municipal government as an identified high needs area (e.g. Promise Zone) or with some other external verification of economic disadvantage.
  • Disadvantaged remote and isolated, rural communities with limited access to services and defined by lower population levels (typically 10,000 or fewer residents), reduced population density and verified indicators of economic disadvantage.
  • Community-driven, multi-sectoral partnerships or issue-driven community-led initiatives designed to address an issue relevant to the Donors’ Investment Framework.


Strong nonprofit organizations catalyze growth and opportunity. Sector-serving organizations enhance the ability of nonprofit agencies to attract investment, build core organizational infrastructure, ensure growth and leadership development and help disseminate and scale proven interventions. Our Donors believe in a strong sector that results in nonprofit organizations having the resources, support and information they need to improve outcomes for the people they serve.

Eligible Target Population


Nonprofit and Sector Serving Organizations

  • Sector-serving umbrella organizations whose mission is to improve sectoral effectiveness and/or encourage philanthropy. These organizations typically do not provide direct service to individuals and may include United Ways, community foundations and nonprofit management or consulting organizations and associations.
  • Nonprofit organizations that have content or issue expertise and are working to scale proven models and improve sector practice.
  • Preference is given to organizations serving charities working in areas connected to the broader Investment Framework and contributing to our Donors’ vision.