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.
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 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 2018?
Bexar County: LOIs will be accepted in 2018 for DualGen (Two-Generation) Programs only. While many programs tend to arrange parent-oriented and child-oriented programs into separate silos, two-generation programs and policies seek to engage families in ways that knit together these services and address both groups simultaneously. Programs must have been operated for at least one year and serve families with children aged 0-8. The Foundation has chosen this focus because DualGen Programs support lifelong learning and self-reliance and healthy lifestyles, aligning with its longtime mission.
Central Texas Counties (Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Travis): Programs delivered to children ages 0 to 5 years old that utilize fine arts in the curriculum.
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.
For Bexar County grants in 2018, the average grant will be in the range of $10,000.
You can learn more about past 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 (1) requests that have funding from other sources and to (2) existing programs rather than new 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 are 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.
Will the Foundation's focus stay the same in future years?
Not necessarily. The Board of Trustees will evaluate its grantmaking on an ongoing basis, so it is possible that the focus may shift in future years, but will always align with its longtime mission of supporting programs that foster lifelong learning and self-reliance, use the fine arts to enhance quality of life, and support healthy lifestyles.
My organization received a Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation grant during the last funding cycle. Are we still eligible to submit an LOI?
Yes. Having a recent or current grant relationship with the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation does not preclude you from submitting a LOI. However, LOIs will not be accepted from organizations with a past-due follow-up on a prior grant.
May an organization submit an LOI for a multiple year grant?
No. We do not normally fund multiple year grants.
May we submit an LOI that would cover two programs?
No. We can consider only one request, for one program, from an organization.
If my organization submits a grant application, is it possible that the organization may be awarded less money than requested?
If we create a collaborative partnership between multiple agencies, does each agency need to submit an LOI?
No. If you choose to create a collaborative partnership between agencies to submit an LOI to the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation, then you need to select a "Lead Agency" that will agree to manage the grant funds and subsequent grant reporting requirements for all parties. That "Lead Agency" should submit the LOI on behalf of the partnership.
If our organization is collaborating with another organization, do I need a letter stating that they are involved in the program?
If you identify an organization as a collaborative partner in your LOI, you do not have to include written verification of your partnership in the LOI unless some portion of the funding is to be shared with the partner.
How competitive will the LOI process be in applying for grant funds?
Historically, the Foundation receives many more requests than it could possibly fund. Our board will review each LOI and application to find the best fit for our available funding. Please remember that we are a small family foundation and are limited in our scope of funding.
May we call you to ask questions as we prepare our LOI?
Although we are generally accessible by phone, we prefer that all questions regarding the process be emailed to email@example.com. We will provide you with a written response.
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 improve our chances of having our LOI approved?
Pay close attention to the focus area and only request funding for those projects or programs that are critical to your organization. Follow the instructions for the LOI process carefully. Be concise and specific in your answers.
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).
A request that is outside of the guidelines stated.
Submission after the deadline (you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement after submitting the LOI/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: 2018 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS AND GUIDELINES.
Missing attachments or other requested documents. Please read and follow instructions and submit information as requested.
Personnel costs (Salary/Wages, Benefits, Consultant Fees, and Contract labor, Interns and/or Stipends) that in total represent more than 50% of your grant request.
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.
If our LOI or Invited 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.
Does the Foundation fund salary support or consultant fees?
We will not fund 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. If the request is for more than 50% in personnel costs, your application will be automatically declined.
If awarded a grant, what is the distribution date?
Distribution dates will vary according to when an organization's funded program starts and when all required grant paperwork is received, including the Grant Agreement. All grant funds must be distributed by December 15 of the calendar year.
If our organization has previously created an account on our 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.
THE GENEVIEVE AND WARD ORSINGER FOUNDATION
Amy Dameron Phipps, Executive Director
P. O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209