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We are looking to work collaboratively with worthy causes to help them grow and sustain their growth. Assisting with fundraising, donor cultivation, board building, development of critical policies and protocols, organizational planning, and best practices for cash management and investment policies, procedures, and strategies. In addition, we are looking for opportunities to support programs and services focused on low- to moderate-income individuals and communities.

Two Types of Grants Offered

The window for applications is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s process. We will announce the recipients in April. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Dutch or Hilary Rees.

1. Organizational & fundraising capacity grant

Approximately 20 organizations will receive a cash grant combined with our in-kind consulting services for strengthening organizational and fundraising capacity.

2. Community development grant

Approximately 20 organizations will receive a cash grant to support programs and services that benefit low- or moderate-income individuals and communities.

Organizational & fundraising capacity grant recipients receive:

Donor stewardship
We help create meaningful interactions to engage donors
Staff training
We help nonprofits build the necessary skills to run an effective organization
Gift planning
We help prepare and plan for gifts of all sizes, and all forms
Board building
Our team works closely to build strong Boards who can make an impact
Development planning
We help plan and build for the future
Board retreats
We facilitate board retreats to foster meaningful conversations about the nonprofit
Strategic planning
We develop strategic plans that help build a long-term plan
Cash management options
We can create programs to alleviate funding gaps that might occur
Investment policy
We can review or create investment policies that address the unique needs of the nonprofit
Interactive workshops
We can lead workshops and seminars to educate and engage the team

The Supporting Our Communities initiative will offer two grant opportunities in 2018 for approximately 40 nonprofit organizations

Each organization will receive up to $5,000. In the previous five years, cash grants and consulting services valued over $2.5 million have been distributed to nonprofits in our service areas.

Priorities will be given to organizations that:

  • Serve low– and moderate-income individuals of all ages.
  • Where we can share our expertise in financial literacy and economic self-sufficiency. 
  • Serve our veterans.
  • Focus on development assistance and lending solutions for small businesses.
  • Partner to support the creation of affordable housing and the sustainability of safe, clean and desirable neighborhoods and programs that enhance the quality of life for residents in communities that First Foundation serves.
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First Foundation Announces Open Application Window for Its 2018 “Supporting Our Communities” Initiative

Selected nonprofits are presented a grant for strengthening their organizational and fundraising capacity as well as community development initiatives.

The window for applications is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s process. We will announce the recipients in April. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Dutch or Hilary Rees.

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With the guiding principle that giving is more than just writing a check, our community impact team ensures our giving efforts are strategic and meaningful to the organizations and causes they support.

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