CONNECT WITH ASSOCIATES AND SURVEY THEIR NEEDS
Through our travels and obtaining personal referrals, we meet and get to know potential associates. We observe and become familiar with the projects that the potential associate is involved with and make sure that their projects coincide with our mission.
We make inquiries about their different projects to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their organization and their projects. Our goal is to learn what more they might do if they had a supplemental source of funding for their programs, whether existing programs or ones they would like to add.
When we determine if the potential associate could benefit from our supplemental support and assistance, we strive to get to know the principals of the organization and the strength of their staff. We also want to assess the progress they are making in executing their mission and how it impacts the lives of those they serve.
INITIATE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
Once we determine that we are going to establish a relationship with an associate, we educate them on our process of grant requests and grant funding. This includes the preparation and submission of annual grant requests, the process of getting board approval for those grant requests, and providing them with the details of our final step of funding the grant requests.
REVIEW PROGRESS OF EACH ASSOCIATION
We utilize a process of routine communications (emails, video, and photos) and annual reports from each of our associates regarding their various projects that we support. We also make regular visits by our board and leadership team to assess the progress of each associate in achieving the goals established by our grant funding process.
The goals of this review process are as follows:
- To confirm and assess how the support we provide is benefiting the children in line with the mission of each of our associates.
- To determine whether or not there are areas where we could do more for our associates or if we need to direct our support in a different direction.
- To evaluate whether or not our associate has been able to achieve their objectives in the projects we have funded, and
in some cases, determine if they no longer need our assistance.