FUNDING PRIORITIES

The Stolte Family Foundation currently focuses our grant funding toward organizations and programs that support our three key pillars.

EDUCATION &
EARLY LEARNING

Narrowing achievement and opportunity gaps, and breaking the cycle of poverty.

CLIMATE &
CLEAN ENERGY

Mitigating and adapting to climate change and promoting innovations in energy generation and usage.

ADVOCACY &
ENGAGEMENT

Investing in community movements that engage, inform, and activate all people in the political process.

EDUCATION & EARLY LEARNING

Narrowing achievement and opportunity gaps, and breaking the cycle of poverty.

We believe education is a key lever for breaking the cycle of poverty. Starting strong and addressing inequities early is crucial to narrowing gaps. Currently focused on the needs of King County, Washington, our goal is to significantly increase the number of students who are on track to earn a postsecondary credential. Ultimately, we strive to provide children with more opportunities to reach their full potential. 

PRIORITY OUTCOMES

  • Achieve equity in kindergarten readiness
  • Erase summer learning loss
  • Increase social and emotional development
  • Educate, engage and support parents and caregivers
  • Advance opportunities for innovation, research and system-building 
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CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY

Mitigating and adapting to climate change, and promoting innovations in energy generation and usage.

We believe a sustainable future is built on affordable clean energy and smart energy usage. Currently focused on the Pacific Northwest, we view the climate crisis through a pragmatic lens, actively seeking to support thoughtful and cost-effective design solutions. We are also interested in new approaches to policy and engaging the public through grassroots political movements. 

PRIORITY OUTCOMES

  • Build to a 100% clean energy future that is reliable and affordable
  • Identify and support emerging energy-efficient technologies
  • Champion a thoughtful integrated design approach to energy usage and generation
  • Contribute to the development of innovative policy strategies
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ADVOCACY & ENGAGEMENT

Investing in community movements that inform and engage all people in the political process.

We believe a democracy should work for its people, regardless of income, race, or language. Focusing on both Seattle and nationwide efforts, our goal is to build a robust and progressive movement through leveraged investments with lasting and significant impact. Ultimately, we strive to partner with community and political efforts that build power and engagement in politics. 

PRIORITY OUTCOMES

  • Build a robust grassroots foundation for the progressive movement
  • Strengthen the voice and participation of underrepresented communities 
  • Invest in developing and empowering community leaders
  • Make significant advances in reforms and policy that will lead to a more equitable, just, and sustainable society
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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

We currently make grants by invitation only. Led by our collaborative approach, and working closely with community partners and advisors, we actively choose organizations who are aligned with the priorities in each of our focus areas. That said, we also strive to keep abreast of emerging opportunities that may be a close fit with our interests. If you have an idea you believe is worthy of invitation, please complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

LETTER OF INQUIRY

Note: word limits are simply a guide to manage the investment of time at this stage. As part of our due diligence, we will access information via your website and social media channels. Typically, you will receive a decision within one to three months of submitting your LOI. Please send completed LOI to info@stoltefamilyfoundation.org.

  1. Organization name  
  2. Contact name, title, phone and email
  3. Please confirm if you have charitable status or a fiscal sponsor relationship.
  4. What is your organization’s mission statement?
  5. Briefly describe how you carry out your mission. (150 word limit)
  6. What community does your organization serve, in population and location? 
  7. What gap is your organization filling and what unique role do you play in providing services to the community? (250 word limit)
  8. How does your work align with the priority outcomes of the Stolte Family Foundation? (250 word limit)
  9. Explain the impact you hope to achieve with our support.
  10. Is there anything else about your organization or your project you would like us to know? (150 word limit)

RFP ARCHIVES

The Stolte Family Foundation invites you to look at our previous funding cycles. We launched our first funding cycles in 2016 as we explored learning about two critical areas of closing the academic achievement and opportunity gaps. As we expand to future funding opportunities, this page serves as a historical look on how we approached funding, including criteria and funding priorities.

STOLTE FAMILY FOUNDATION GRANT RFP ARCHIVES
SFF Summer Learning Loss 2017SFF Early Learning 2017