Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for a grant?

We currently accept grant proposals by invitation only. Our letter of inquiry application process will be closed for the remainder of 2017. Please check back in 2018 for updates.

However, we are still interested in learning about organizations whose work is aligned with our focus on Spiritual Ecology and Indigenous Cultures. If you have questions or would like to let us know about your organization, please contact us with a brief email.

What kind of work do you support?

We support U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or organizations with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. With the exception of a few current long-term grant partners, we do not fund work outside of the US.

We make both general operating support grants and project support grants to organizations.

We do fund religious and faith-based organizations when their work furthers our mission. However, we do not give general support for a particular religious or spiritual institution or community.

We do not support: private non-operating foundations; organizations outside the US; large, institutional nonprofits (with the exception of an internal program that may not be otherwise funded: for example, within a university); research; book publishing; or capital improvements.

Do you provide feedback on declined letters of inquiry?

No. Because of the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback if your letter of inquiry was declined. Historically, we have funded approximately 3% of all new inquiries.

I submitted a letter of inquiry for the June 30, 2017 deadline. How long will it take before I know if we will be invited to submit a full proposal?

We attempt to review and respond to all letters of inquiries within 12 weeks. If you don’t receive a response within that timeframe, please contact us.

If you have sent a letter of inquiry for the June deadline, it will be reviewed as part of our August letter of inquiry review meeting. We will notify you after our August review meeting whether or not you will be invited to submit a full grant proposal. If invited, you would have approximately 2 months to complete the proposal. However, it can take up to 6 months before we can schedule a proposal for review and make a final funding decision.

How are the Foundation’s assets invested?

In a sincere effort to bring cohesion to all aspects of Kalliopeia Foundation, we strive to align our financial investing with our vision, mission, and values, and we are committed to socially-responsible and ethical investing.

With care and consideration, we have invested over 95% of the Foundation’s endowment with a social and environmental lens, while taking a financially-sound approach. We invest in companies, organizations, and funds who are committed to economic development, community resilience, diversity, equal opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Up to 25% of our investments are held in funds that provide loans at the community level.

Lastly, we track the progress and the impact of our investments on a quarterly basis to ensure that our investments contribute to improved social and environmental outcomes.

Where do I find answers to questions that aren’t listed here?

Please contact us if you have questions that aren’t answered here.