Welcome to The Norman Raab Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
Application and Funding Questions:
My organization received a Trustee Discretionary or Matching Grant. Does that mean we should consider applying through the Grant Application Program?
A. Trustee Discretionary and Matching Grants are small grants made by the Foundation at the direction of our Trustees. These are made to 501c3 organizations that do not necessarily meet the granting focus areas of the Foundation or they are made to match gifts to a charitable organization that a Trustee supports personally. These grants have no grant application or reporting requirements. While we are glad to support the personal interests of the Trustees in this way, the Foundation maintains its own grantmaking priorities and is not influenced by individual philanthropic choices reflected through the Discretionary and Matching grant program. If after careful review of our funding priorities and eligibility and alignment pages, you feel that your organization is a good match for Foundation funding, please contact us to request an invitation.
My organization received a Philanthropy Today Grant. Does that mean we should consider applying through the Grant Application Program?
A. The Philanthropy Today program enables students to develop philanthropy skills through school-based giving clubs. The grants that are made on behalf of any Philanthropy Today club reflect the mission and values of each particular student club and not those of the Norman Raab Foundation as a whole.
My organization would like to apply for funding but we did not receive an invitation to apply, what can we do?
A. Beginning with the 2016 grant cycle, Foundation grants are awarded through an invitation only application process. This means that the Foundation reaches out directly to prospective applicants at the start of each grant cycle, for both new and returning organizations. If after careful review of our funding priorities and eligibility and alignment information, you feel that your organization may be a good match for Foundation funding, please email us at info@raabfoundation to introduce your organization. Due to limited staff time, unsolicited introductions from organizations that are clearly not a match for our grant program may not receive a response from the Foundation.
May I call the Foundation’s staff with questions about the Foundation’s interests and priorities?
If we submit our LOI early in the cycle, will we hear back sooner?
A. LOI Decisions will not be made any sooner than the dates posted in the Grantmaking Calendar. Grants are reviewed as individual requests but also in comparison to other requests in the same cycle. Submittals completed one or two weeks before the due dates are welcome but will not receive priority review.
Will the Foundation provide feedback on our LOI or application before we submit it?
A. While we will make every attempt to respond to requests for feedback from invited applicants, we are a small staff foundation and cannot guarantee staff availability before each due date. In general, it is useful to get feedback from us during the development of your LOI. If your organization requests feedback, please leave ample time before the due date to correspond with us. After the application is received we will contact you with any questions we may have.
Do you fund programs in Environmental Science and Research?
A. Our funding category of Health and Research Sciences broadly covers all sciences, including environmental science. While we do not have a strong granting history in environmental science, our board has continued to identify this as a funding interest area. In general, our environmental funding has been more focused on the connections between people and the environment, including environmental education.
We have received prior funding from the Norman Raab Foundation but did not receive an invitation to apply this year. Can we still apply?
A. Part of our goal with an invitation only process is to manage the volume of applications, and to balance our grants across our funding areas. This means that not every grantee will be invited to reapply the following year.
Should we add the Norman Raab Foundation to our mailing list, or send correspondence or materials beyond the proposal?
A. We prefer not to be included in our applicant’s general mailing lists unless we request to opt-in. We also appreciate our applicant’s support in our efforts to reduce paper consumption. Please do not mail unsolicited hard copy materials to us.
For general information and introductions, email
For Philanthropy Today inquiries and submissions, email
We are a small staff foundation and will do our best to respond to you promptly. Please note we only accept Letters of Inquiry and Grant Requests through our online grant management system. Letters of Inquiry and Applications sent via email will not be considered.
What We Fund
We support educational programs, the biological and environmental sciences and human service organizations that value innovation and create measurable change in their local communities.
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