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CAN WE HELP YOU?
You Can Ask for a Grant
Your favorite nonprofit can apply for a grant.
For grants ranging from over $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000, applications are usually due in October or November of every year.
We accept requests for grants under $1,000 on a rolling basis. Applications received at least 3 weeks before the next board meeting will be considered then.
Our endowment is currently a little over $1 million, which means our annual grant budget is roughly $50,000.
We're an all-volunteer organization, which is why we're able to make the most of the annual distribution from our endowment.
You Can Boost Your Fundraising
Your favorite nonprofit can add major credibility to its pitch when it works with a foundation (one with a permanent endowment, to be specific). You can ask us to work with it. It would gain a dynamic of stability and permanence that it wouldn't have otherwise. And your favorite nonprofit would find it easier to convince donors to put it in their will and to start and/or grow an endowment.
To be clear, we also would like to grow the Green Fund. Working with your favorite nonprofit would give us more exposure. But we know we're an intermediary, and, more importantly, we know that working unselfishly on your favorite nonprofit's behalf is, paradoxically, the best strategy for the Green Fund over the long term. A generous, unselfish approach is always a winner in fundraising.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You Can Guarantee a Permanent Green Future for Greater New Haven
You can make sure there's money to tackle any and all of Greater New Haven's environmental needs forever, by making a gift to the Green Fund.
You Can Make Sure Your Special Green Cause Lasts Forever
You can create your own fund within the Green Fund to benefit the green cause that's special to you. We'll follow your instructions forever, or, if over time the problem's been solved, find the nearest equivalent. The bottom line: your fund will always do good on behalf of the environment.
You Can Help Green Causes Do More and Do Better
We're a modest grantmaker, but even if we were as big as Gates we'd still be the first to admit that money alone won't make real change, and that beyond the money, all environmental nonprofits, including us, could be more effective.
So please make sure that you give your favorite green nonprofit
You never know -- because regardless of degree -- what you offer could be the critical factor that helps your favorite cause make a real difference. Never be afraid to be a hero!
If you never help us, that's fine. We know that the real reason for our existence is to make sure that the environmental movement in Greater New Haven achieves its full potential. That's the important thing.
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