Orsinger Foundation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please carefully review the Guidelines before approaching the Foundation for funding.

If you have a question that is not addressed below, please submit your question in writing to adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org. You will receive a response by return e-mail.

What is the grantmaking focus of the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation?

The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation seeks to improve people's lives by supporting groups and institutions in Bexar County that foster lifelong learning and self-reliance, use the fine arts to enhance quality of life, and support healthy lifestyles. The Foundation also conducts a focused grantmaking program in selected Central Texas counties for early childhood fine arts programs.

What are the Foundation's plans for funding in 2017?

Since its founding, the goal of the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation has been to be faithful to the spirit of its founders and responsive to the needs of the communities it serves.

As part of discerning its vision for the future, along with the realities of the present, the Foundation's Board of Trustees has determined to suspend the responsive grant process for 2017. No LOIs will be accepted in Fall 2016 for 2017 funding.

In lieu of the responsive grant review process, the Board will be taking time in late 2016 and early 2017 for strategic planning and visioning. Decisions about future grantmaking initiatives and plans will be posted as updates on this website after January 1, 2017.

This action in no way reflects a movement away from the Foundation's commitment to improve the quality of life for the San Antonio and Central Texas areas it serves. Rather, it represents an even greater commitment to discern the ways in which it can be the most effective partner and catalyst for the nonprofit community.

What is the foundation's funding range?

The amount we plan to award each year is based on federal tax laws that require private foundations to distribute a certain amount each year for charitable and administrative purposes. That amount is equal to 5% of the value of the foundation's net investment assets previous yearly average.

You can learn more about our grants by:
    • clicking on the Grant History tab on this website;
    • accessing our current 990PF on the Links tab of this website;
    • visiting GuideStar to view information on past 990PFs.

What organizations are eligible for foundation funding?

Grant applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. We do not fund 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations or International Agencies. Strong preference will be given to existing programs/projects or general operating support that has funding from other sources, rather than new programs or the expansion of existing programs.

What activities are not funded by the foundation?

The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or for scholarships, debt reduction, start-ups, capital campaigns, endowments, fundraising events or sponsorships. The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation is committed to the principle of equal opportunity, and therefore, will not support organizations that discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, gender, race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or religious belief in administration of their employment or service policies.

Are any grants given outside the guidelines?

Yes, the board can initiate a special project/program, and the trustees have a limited amount that they may use to recommend as a Trustee Initiated Grant.

What are the geographic restrictions for funding?

The majority of grants are for programs operating in Bexar County. A smaller number of grants have been made to organizations operating programs in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and/or Travis Counties delivered to children aged 0 to 5 years old that utilize fine arts in the curriculum.

If our organization has previously created an account on the FOUNDANT online process (the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation grants portal since 2011) and there has been a change in personnel/contact information, do we create a new account?

No. Simply update the contact information in your account. If you are not able to access the old account, contact adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org to help you change the personnel/contact information. If a new account is created, causing multiple accounts for the same organization, any request you submit will not be considered.

How can I make sure that I receive emails from the Foundation?

To ensure that you receive e-mail communication from the Foundation, please be sure to update your information in our system if your contact person has changed. In addition, please add the e-mail address administrator@grantinterface.com to your list of safe senders by following the Safe Sender instructions below. These instructions also appear in our e-mails.

SAFE SENDER INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUTLOOK USERS:
1. On the Home tab, in the Delete group, click Junk, and then click Junk E-Mail Options.
2. Select the Safe Sender tab and click Add.
3. Add e-mail address administrator@grantinterface.com and click OK.

THE GENEVIEVE AND WARD ORSINGER FOUNDATION
Amy Dameron Phipps, Executive Director
P. O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 590-0535
EMAIL: adphipps@orsingerfoundation.org

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