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We award grants through a competitive, invitation-only process in the areas of College Readiness & Completion and Integrative Medicine.
After a year-long strategic planning process, the Trustees of the Foundation have decided to narrow its former category of “Economic Empowerment” and focus the Foundation’s efforts to help low-income individuals, often first-in-their-family (“first generation”), to get to and through college and be career ready.
Our grants will support nonprofit partners that focus on the following areas:
Click here to learn more about what we seek to support for College Readiness and Completion.
The advancement of Integrative Medicine initiatives, a practice that combines the best of western medicine and evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine and practices to achieve optimal health and healing, is a smaller, though important, area of our grantmaking. This holistic approach empowers the individual to be fully informed and active in his or her own health and healthcare options and is very effective in preventing and treating chronic conditions. It targets the root cause of an ailment which can often be alleviated by diet change, stress reduction and lifestyle changes, thus supporting the body’s natural ability to heal.
The Foundation accomplishes this by supporting programs that educate healthcare practitioners and administrators in a results-oriented manner. We also support integrative medicine initiatives within healthcare systems. Start-up programs which prove the effectiveness of integrative medicine practices in order for the institution to incorporate the program or change existing programs are of particular interest.
In addition, we provide discretionary, legacy, and emergency grants.
The encouragement of personal involvement and growth among our Board members in their own areas of interest is important to us. Each Trustee or designated individual is invited to recommend their charities of choice to the other Board members. In addition, a small number of Legacy grants are made each year to organizations with ties to our late founder, Herbert Scheidel. We also provide a limited number of grants to respond to humanitarian and environmental emergencies as needed. These grant-making areas may fall outside the Foundation’s focus areas and/or geographic regions.
Visit our Grant Highlights page to see some of our typical grants.