Environment, Conservation and Preservation
The foundation gives priority to projects which help women, girls, and their families overcome violence, poverty and other hardships. We believe our focus on women and girls can enhance their natural desire to prosper and stimulate their entrepreneurship. An African proverb states, “If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. If you educate a girl, you educate a community.” We also note that micro-lending programs appear to work best for women, because 90% of what an educated woman earns she reinvests in her family. We emphasize investing in women and girls for these reasons.
We will support their projects for up to three years.While the Foundation will not commit funds for a three-year period without an annual review, it is our intent to continue funding successful programs for a second and third year. Projects that have been funded for a first year will submit a progress report and a grant request cover sheet in lieu of a “letter of interest” by April 1st for the second and third year and automatically advance to the full proposal stage. No project will be funded by the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation for longer than three years.
We favor well documented programs which hold up under rigorous evaluation and maintain good outcomes. Prospective grantees are encouraged to clearly identify the project’s goals and describe in detail how they will measure their progress towards those goals.The Foundation will fund only U.S. nonprofits who are directly involved in international programs. The Foundation will not fund U.S. organizations that do not have a significant oversight of operations abroad.
The Letter of Intent should contain the following information in a concise form:
In fairness to all applicants, the Foundation will strictly adhere to its deadlines. Material received after the established deadlines will not be considered.
Foundation Process for Decision Making
Selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal which must be received by the Foundation office no later than August 1, 2013. Grant decisions will be made in November and funds will be distributed at year end.
Each grant proposal must carry the signature of the appropriate administrative officer of the tax-exempt non-profit applicant.Organizations receiving grants are expected to assume proper fiscal responsibility for the expenditure of grant funds as well as to assure the Foundation that the purposes of the grants are fulfilled.