Foundation Policies

We will support:

  • Environmental 501(c)(3) groups throughout Washington and Oregon who meet the stated areas of interest.
  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups in Washington state that meet the stated areas of interest regarding teen pregnancy prevention.
  • Grants are made for general operating expenses and/or special projects.
  • Multi-Year Policy:

Groups who have received Burning funding for 3 out of 5 previous years may apply for a 3-year grant. Trustees may select one or two each funding cycle, based on an effective track record and a clear, achievable plan for future accomplishments. $20,000 year one, $20,000 year two, less than $20,000 year three. Trustees will make a site visit to each multi-year applicant accepted for consideration. An annual report is required, but in years 2 and 3 a brief update letter and budget summary will substitute for a pre-application and full proposal. (See Application Procedure, #4, below.)

We will NOT support:

  • Requests for research projects or scholarships.
  • Book, video, film, or web productions, unless the production is an essential component of the funded project.
  • Requests from schools, universities, or their fundraising affiliates.
  • Computer, software, or office equipment purchases.
  • Programs related to energy conservation, alternative energy, nuclear waste, toxics, or global warming.
  • Land/property purchase, or capital campaigns for building construction or renovations.
  • Requests related to gardening programs, or the creation or renovation of urban or community parks.
  • We no longer accept proposals for environmental education programs
  • Average grant size: $5,000 to $12,000. Approximately $400,000 is granted each year.