The Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation has been around since 1968, yet many nonprofits in Philadelphia aren’t yet acquainted with this locally focused funder. It’s solely dedicated to supporting opportunities for children and youth in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, so we’ll quickly get you up to speed.
Philadelphia Nonprofits Are Top Priority
Take a look at this foundation’s funding map, and you’ll see one Philadelphia organization after another on the list. Many recent grants have fallen between $3,000 and $5,000 each, and it likes to fund smaller local organizations with budgets of $1 million or less. Multi-year grants range from $4,000 to $7,500 per year for up to three years. First-time applicants are encouraged to apply for one-year program support or general operating support with a maximum request of $5,000.00.
You can view a list of recent grantees on the funder’s website. In May 2016, the foundation awarded $138,900 total in grants.
Funding is All for the Kids
This is a local funder that puts a strict priority on programs that educate children and youth. It also prefers to support organizations that have limited access to funding sources, yet demonstrated roots in the community. Therefore, grassroots leadership is a key factor in how this funder decides to award grants.
But under the umbrella of “children and youth funding,” Douty separates its funding into five categories: arts education, community development, education, social services, and youth programs. The most grants have been going to youth programs lately and to organizations like the Girls Justice League, Camp Sojourner, Centro Nueva Creacion, and Philly Urban Creators.
It’s Not Afraid to Take Risks
Douty if a funder that doesn’t necessarily stick with the same old type of programs year after year. It’s not afraid to take risks in terms of program delivery and in the development of solutions to needs and problems. So pitch a new idea to this funder; it’s likely to listen.
The Next Application Deadline is September 15
This funder emerged onto our radar because of its upcoming grant application deadline, which is September 15. Each year, the deadlines are March 15 and September 15. You can apply for Douty grants online between February 1 and March 15 for the first deadline and between August 1 and September 15 for the second one.
You can expect to learn whether you’ll be receiving a Douty grant or not within eight to 10 weeks after the deadline. Jennifer Leith has been the foundation’s executive director since 2012 and is a grantseeker’s best point of contact for questions.