OVERVIEW: This is a children and youth funder focused on Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania. Topics of interest include arts education, immigration, literacy, and women and girls.
FUNDING AREAS: Children and youth, community engagement, education, grassroots leadership.
IP TAKE: There are a quite a few different funding topics that Douty supports, but make sure yours ties into local children and youth in some way. Stick to a request of under $5,000 if you’re new to this funder.
PROFILE: The Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation was established in 1968 and supports organizations working to build opportunities for children and youth in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania. Alfred Douty passed away in 1971 and Mary in 1988. The couple preferred supporting education causes, and the trustees have worked to maintain that preference as the foundation has evolved.
This is a funder that looks to support nonprofits willing to take risks in their programs to find better solutions. It likes to work with groups that have strong roots in the community, are committed to community engagement, and are focused on long-term social change. Douty welcomes input from nonprofits in the community and has hosted meet-and-greet events in Philadelphia to solicit feedback. Topics of discussion have included vulnerable children, vulnerable youth, arts education, literacy, immigration, women and girls, and community centers.
Although this is a youth-focused funder, many grants fall into the categories of arts education, community development, education, social services, youth programs, and collective impact grants. Yet most grants go to youth causes. In a recent year, the foundation awarded $240,600 in grants. Most recent grants have been between $3,000 and $5,000 each. See a list of grantees here.
The Douty Foundation provides both general operating support and program support to its Montgomery and Philadelphia County grantees. It considers multiyear grants for organizations that have been funded by the foundation for at least three years. Although Douty does not fund schools, it does consider after-school and summer programs. Emergency grants are not considered, and the board does not make discretionary grants. Douty prefers to work with organizations that have budgets of $1 million or less.
The foundation’s funding application deadlines fall each year on March 15 and September 15. The open application periods to apply are between February 1 and March 15 and then again from August 1 and September 15. An online application can be accessed from the funder’s How to Apply page. First-time applicants are encouraged to request either general operating support or program support for a maximum amount of $5,000. Previously funded applicants may request up to $7,500. Expect to wait about eight to 10 weeks to hear the foundation’s decision.
Questions about grantmaking opportunities or program areas should be directed to the foundation’s executive director, Jennifer Leith, at 215-620-1869 or via email at email@example.com. Leith is the only staff member at the foundation. There are no family members currently on the board of directors, which has seven members today.
Jennifer Leith, Executive Director