Frequently Asked Questions

What does the foundation fund?

The foundation awards the majority of its grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations.  And while we generally do not fund unsolicited proposals, that is not an absolute rule.  We review unsolicited proposals that meet our stated purpose of making the world better through conservation, education, and opportunity democratization.  If we find your proposal of interest and aligned with our goals, don’t expect quick funding.  Rather, expect a series of probative conversations as we want to get to know you, your organization, and, among other important things, how you measure success.  The best relationships take time. To learn more go to our Grants and Scholarships page.

What doesn’t the foundation fund?

Annual fundraising drives or capital campaigns, paid advertisements, or political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation.

Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, except to serve a historically disadvantaged group.

Debt retirement.

Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available (no retroactive funding).

Endowments or other reserve funds.

Membership or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or special events.

Conferences, symposia, film and video production, and related travel.

Grants to individuals.

Requests from foundations/organizations that raise money for individual schools that have not coordinated the request with their central school district/university administration or fundraising arm.

Grants for re-granting purposes.

Can I donate?

No. The foundation’s endowment is funded in entirety by the DuBose family. That said, if you wish to give of your heart and of your wallet please kindly refer to our Causes We Love page for suggestions we believe to be worthy; and in advance, thank you!

What can scholarship funds be used for?

Foundation scholarships are meant to help you pay for school tuition. Scholarship awards will be sent directly to your accredited post-secondary educational institution. These institutions include colleges, universities, trade and technical schools. Accreditation must be from a legitimate and reputable body, examples include the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).