The Deacon Charitable Foundation offers a grant program that is designed to meet needs identified and brought to our attention by nonprofit organizations and our employees. We recognize the importance of all charities and support many nonprofit agencies and community programs throughout Washington, Oregon and California. The following information explains our procedures and guidelines regarding submission of a request for funding from the Deacon Charitable Foundation.
Grants are awarded for a wide array of activities that serve children and families, teens, seniors and veterans including: hunger, health, affordable housing, and education. We also support organizations dedicated to conservation and preserving the environment and animal protection. Our giving is guided by the interests of our employees.
Our grants generally range from $500 to $10,000. Our grants may be used to fund many kinds of projects, including core operating support, strengthening organizations, specific program development, and building and renovating facilities.
At this time, grant applications are accepted by invitation only. Applications are reviewed by the Giving Committee of the Deacon office closest to the services provided by the applicant. If the proposal passes the initial review, a member of the committee may contact you directly and in some instances schedule a site visit or presentation to the Giving Committee. Final decisions on all grant requests are made by the Giving Committee in each Deacon office. The review process will take less than 60 days.
To be eligible to apply for a Deacon Charitable Foundation grant, organizations must:
- Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and a valid Tax Exempt ID number;
- Request support for work in Washington, Oregon or California. Note: programs that serve communities close to the Deacon offices, located in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, and Irvine, will have the greatest chance of being funded;
- Have programs serving at least one of the focus areas established by our employees:
- Domestic Violence
- Provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in leadership, staffing and service, regardless of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by law;
- Not require attendance at or participation in religious/faith activities as a condition of service delivery nor require adherence to religious/faith beliefs as a condition of service or employment;
- Have no other pending proposals under consideration by the Deacon Charitable Foundation (only one application from an organization will be considered at one time).
The Deacon Charitable Foundation generally does not fund the following:
- Direct grants, scholarships or loans to individuals
- General fund drives, annual appeals, special events or sponsorships
- Elimination of operating deficits
- Projects of sectarian or religious organizations that principally benefit their own members or adherents
- Direct replacement funding for activities previously supported by federal, state, or local public sources
- Grantee cannot expend any part of the grant in a way that violates its tax-exempt status
- Political parties and trade associations
- Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or national origin, disability or veteran status
- Advertising and promotion
- Team sponsorships or individual teams
- Private or family foundations.
How to Apply for a Grant
If you fulfill the eligibility requirements described above, and you wish to apply for funding for your organization, please contact the Giving Committee Chair at the Deacon office closest to where your organization provides services. Their names are provided below and are linked to their email addresses.
Request a grant application from one of the following:
- Seattle: Astra Persue, Adrienne Goodson
- Portland: Erin Reed, Theresa Michels
- Sacramento: Kat Johnson, Erika Crumley
- Irvine: Veronica Wences, Marisa Larson
For general questions, inquiries, and feedback, please contact:
Julie Earnest, PhD
901 NE Glisan St. Suite 100
Portland, OR 97232
Our charitable mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work by supporting organizations that address vital community needs and issues in the areas of human services, animal welfare and the environment.