Alternative Grantmaking

In addition to making grants in its four program areas, the Straus Foundation, will, from time to time, make allocations in the following ways:

Foundation-Driven Initiatives: Specific Requests for Proposal will be issued for these initiatives, and grants will be made through a competitive process.

Funding Collaboratives: The Foundation will pool its dollars with other private and public funders for specific programmatic purposes. The collaborative will then make grants through a competitive Request for Proposal process.

Loans: The Foundation will occasionally make a loan, instead of a grant, to an organization for a specific project or programmatic interest. The Foundation does not make loans to individuals or organizations for emergency needs.

Program-Related Investments: The Foundation will, on occasion, invest a portion of its corpus for the purpose of meeting a programmatic need as well as receiving a market-rate return on its investment.