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 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc to email@example.com. You will receive a response by return e-mail.
What is the grantmaking philosophy of the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation?
The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation seeks to improve people's lives by supporting organizations and institutions in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Travis Counties that give people the tools to become educated, healthy, and self-reliant through the grantmaking areas of Cultural Enrichment, Education and Human Services.
What are the Foundation's plans for funding in 2021?
Please check the Guidelines.
What is the foundation's funding range?
In 2018, the Foundation Board committed to a gradual spend out of assets over a timeline of five to 10 years. There will be no set amount on grants. 2021 will be the third year of this timeline. This funding is to support our Strengthening the Family Unit initiative.
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. For 2021 we are doing an RFP process by invitation only with our current 2020 grantees. However, if you feel that your organization fits into our Dual Gen/Strengthening the Family guidelines, then please contact us via email and we will visit with you to learn more about your Dual Gen program and the possibility of your applying.
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. These are by invitation only.
What are the geographic restrictions for funding?
The grants are for programs operating in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, and Travis Counties.
Will the Foundation's focus stay the same in future years?
The Board of Trustees will evaluate our grantmaking on an ongoing basis, so it is possible that the focus may shift in future years but will always align with our founder's longtime vision of supporting programs that give people the tools to become educated, healthy, and self-reliant through the grantmaking areas of Cultural Enrichment, Education and Human Services.
May an organization submit an application for a multiple year grant?
We do not accept multiple year grants currently although in working with the Strengthening the Family Unit/Dual Gen initiative, we intend to continue working with those grantees as long as they are successfully implementing the dual gen program.
May we submit an application that would cover two to four programs?
Yes, if the programs come together to satisfy the Strengthening the Family Unit initiative. Currently there are 4 basic requirements to be considered for the Strengthening the Family Unit/Dual Gen Initiative so technically your proposal could cover the four programs to satisfy those guidelines.
If my organization submits a grant application, is it possible that the organization may be awarded less money than requested?
Yes, and it also may be awarded more.
If we create a collaborative partnership between multiple agencies, does each agency need to submit an application?
No. The collaboration needs to choose one organization to be the lead agency. If you are submitting as a collaboration, each agency must attend all meetings and each agencies budget for the partnership and responsibilities must be designated/outlined.
If our organization is collaborating with another organization, do I need a letter stating that they are involved in the program?
No, that will be a part of the application.
How competitive will the application process be in applying for grant funds?
Due to our strategic initiative, we are concentrating on working with grantees from 2019 and 2020 that have met the criteria thus making it not as competitive except for the amount of funds as we spend down.
May we call you to ask questions?
May we submit a letter of recommendation or promotional materials such as brochures, audio visual presentations, etc.?
No. Since we are operating from a virtual office, we have no storage space for such items, and they will be discarded upon receipt.
What will cause my application to be automatically declined?
Duplicate accounts created (please check with firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure whether or not your organization already has an account).
Submission after the deadline (you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement after submitting the application. If you do not receive the acknowledgment email and it is not in your spam folder, contact email@example.com (See "Safe Sender" question below.)
Initial submission through any other means other than our online process, which is accessible through the "click here" link on the Guidelines page on the website. Please be sure that the guidelines you use have the following header: 2021 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS AND GUIDELINES.
Missing attachments or other requested documents. Please read and follow instructions and submit information as requested.
A budget that does not include the Foundation request as pending revenue. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to see a sample budget.
Having a past-due follow-up (e.g. final report) from a previous grant.
Does the Foundation fund salary support or consultant fees?
Historically we have not funded more than 50% of personnel costs (Salary/Wages, Benefits, Consultant Fees, and Contract labor, Interns and/or Stipends) on either Program or General Operating support requests. The 50% of personnel costs refers to the amount of the grant request, not 50% of the total project budget. Due to the new approach, we will visit on this issue during the application process and may find we need to be flexible on percent of personnel costs.
If our application is declined, will we be able to receive feedback from the reviewers as to why we were not selected?
We will do our best to provide informative feedback to those who request it.
If awarded a grant, what is the distribution date?
Distribution dates will vary according to when:
• all required grant paperwork is received;
• fiscal year start date occurs.
We are trying to work within the grantee's fiscal year with their payments occurring on the first and seventh month of the fiscal year.
All grant funds must be distributed by December 15 of the calendar year in which they are scheduled to be paid.
If our organization has previously created an account on your online process 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and click OK.
With questions, please contact either:
Linda McDavitt, President/CEO
Melanie Cazier, Consultant
THE GENEVIEVE AND WARD ORSINGER FOUNDATION
Linda McDavitt, President/CEO
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209