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Grantmaking Policies

The Straus Foundation funds almost exclusively in the Baltimore metropolitan region.

Grants are not given to individuals or to endowment campaigns.

The Foundation gives strongest consideration to projects which attempt to influence the spending of public funding streams in more effective ways.

Proposals must include a long-term financial plan with a diversified revenue base.

All projects must have clearly defined goals and objectives, which are able to be measured.

The Straus Foundation strongly encourages all applicants to be members of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

The Foundation strongly encourages all nonprofit organizations to use vendors in Baltimore City or the State of Maryland for their business or research-related contracts.

The Foundation encourages all nonprofit organizations to encourage their employees or clients to access the Earned Income Tax Credit and all other benefits for which they might be eligible.

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