Majestic Realty Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The philanthropic arm of the real estate development company supports the communities in which it does business, with a focus on youth development, education, health, violence prevention and support of families.

IP TAKE: While education is a stated priority for this foundation, recent funding shows that greater emphasis for the K-12 set is focused on youth development. That said, there are grants to be had for education, but you must operate in one of the Majestic Realty Foundation's eight geographic areas.

PROFILE: Founded in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Majestic Realty, a real estate development firm that specializes in building business parks “that serve communities.” By extension, it built a foundation to “enhance the quality of life” in those communities, with the recognition that “needs were growing rapidly,” by focusing on five “key investment areas”: Youth, Education, Family, Health and Violence Prevention.

Youth likely isn’t listed first arbitrarily. The foundation’s recent giving history shows this focus area to be a primary emphasis, or a first among equals. This might be because of the way the notion of youth development programming aligns with the seven words the foundation lists as “Guiding Principles”: Vision, Leadership, Passion, Commitment, Caring, Creativity and Collaboration.

This giving expresses itself more in youth development than K-12 education—even though education is a stated emphasis. So to the degree that your education program can be framed as broader youth development (and tap into the foundation's guiding principles), so much the better.

The other caveat is that you must operate in one of the eight areas the foundation funds. They are Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas-Forth Worth, Denver/Aurora, Las Vegas, Bethlehem, PA, and the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire, both in California.

Where the Majestic Realty Foundation is less restrictive: it funds general operating costs as well as program support. It also declares an interest in leveraging other matching funds grants you may have received—in fact, it states that as a preferred manner of giving.

While most amounts are modest, the Majestic Realty Foundation's recent K-12 education grantees do reflect a range of organizations and emphases, but also with an unquestionable favoritism to the its California locations. Recent grantees include:

The Majestic Realty Foundation has an open LOI, and invites submissions year-round.

PEOPLE:

Fran Inman, President