Making an Outsized Impact

Featured at our 2014 National Conference, these 35 initiatives from around the country showcase grants and nongrant strategies that leverage funders’ diverse assets to achieve outsized impact.

Exponent Philanthropy members: We encourage you to submit additional stories of outsized impact in your communities. 

 

View By Individual Story

Nonmotorized Trail for National Lakeshore
Organization: Americana Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and staff time
Grant Amount: $12,500

 

 

 

 

Breaking FreeBreaking Free
Organization: Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar Grant
Amount: $25,000

 

Student Health ProgramStudent Health Program
Organization: Better Lives
Grant Type: Dollar and Nondollar
Grant Amount: $230/day feeds 4,000 students at 6 cents each

 

Breezy Point Disaster Relief FundBreezy Point Disaster Relief Fund
Organization: Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund
Type: Dollar
Amount: $2.5 million

 

 

Monthly Giving ProgramMonthly Giving Program at De La Salle Middle School
Organization: Brown Sisters Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar/matching
Grant Amount: $50,000



Healthy Schools CampaignHealthy Schools Campaign
Organization: Cedar Tree Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $280,000 for general support

 

 

Mekong Policy ProjectMekong Policy Project:
Leveraging Modest, Steady Support for International Recognition
Organization: Chino Cienega Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $10,000 initial grant, $250,000 total

 

 

 

Zoo Study BuddiesZoo Study Buddies
Organization: Colina Foundation
Grant Type: Elementary school grant
Grant Amount: $750

 

 

 

 

Margaret O'Bryon Learning Journey FundMargaret O’Bryon Learning Journey Fund
Organization: Consumer Health Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and nondollar
Grant Amount: $29,177 in grants; unspecified nondollar amount for board and staff learning journey


Empowering Women to Improve Their LivesEmpowering Women to Improve Their Lives After Significant Challenges
Organization: Doll Family Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: Several years of grant support of between $5,000 and $7,000 per year to HAVEN and to Thrive (both in Bozeman, Montana)

 

 

 

 

Carlsbad New Mexico Literacy ProgramCarlsbad, New Mexico, Literacy Program
Organization: Enchanted Life Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $5,000

 

 

The Lang Youth Medical ProgramThe Lang Youth Medical Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Organization: Eugene M. Lang Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar Grant
Amount: $3.25 million, including a $2.75 million endowment

 

 

 

 

Youth Philanthropy ConnectYouth Philanthropy Connect
Organization: The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar, convening and youth advocacy
Grant Amount: Special project of The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation (personnel/ programming) and grants for related projects to partners ($100,000 in 2014)

 

 

 

Mama Aleta One Womans Struggle to Protect Indonesias ForestsMama Aleta: One Woman’s Struggle to Protect Indonesia’s Forests
Organization: Global Greengrants Fund
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $2,983

 

 

 

The IDEX AcademyThe IDEX Academy
Organization: International Development Exchange (IDEX)
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $57,000

 

 

 

Staff DevelopmentStaff Development

Organization: John Gogian Family Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $5,000

 

 

 

 

An Opportunity to Leverage Our DollarsAn Opportunity to Leverage Our Dollars
Organization: Kohaw Foundation, Inc.
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $25,000

 

 

Pikes Peak Volunteer Engagement InitiativePikes Peak Volunteer Engagement Initiative
Organization: The Leighty Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and nondollar
Grant Amount: $10,000 per year in expenses; $40,000 in volunteer impact grants

 

 

 

 

Economic Development in the Eel River ValleyEconomic Development in the Eel River Valley
Organization: Melvin F. & Grace McLean Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $290,000

 

 

 

 

Mongolian Development CentreMongolian Development Centre
Organization: Mona Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $55,000

 

 

 

 

2014 Civil Society Exchange Program2014 Civil Society Exchange Program
Organization: The Nexus Fund
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: For 20 exchanges, a total of $128,121; average exchange grant is $6,406

 

 

 

 

Honoring Veterans Through PhilanthropyHonoring Veterans Through Philanthropy: Patriot Plaza & Legacy of Valor
Organization: The Patterson Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: Patriot Plaza: $12 million donation plus a $1 million endowment for structural replacement; Legacy of Valor: $2 million

 

 

 

 

Ride for Health InitiativeRide for Health Initiative
Organization: Phoenixville Community Health Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and partnership and program coordination
Grant Amount: $65,000


Early Childhood Development at Simpson HousingEarly Childhood Development at Simpson Housing
Organization: Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation
Grant Type: Capacity-building grant
Grant Amount: $30,000 over 2 years

 

 

 

Amadeus Music ProgramAmadeus Music Program
Organization: Serimus Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and programming
Grant Amount: $6,400 (2000); $106,000 budgeted for 2014

 

 

 

 

Start Early Funders CoalitionStart Early Funders Coalition
Organization: The Sheltering Arms Foundation
Grant Type: Both dollar and nondollar
Grant Amount: $ 20,000

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Health Care RFPComprehensive Health Care RFP 
Organization: The Special Hope Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $50,000

 

 

First Scholars Program DevelopmentFirst Scholars Program Development
Organization: The Suder Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and capacity-building
Grant Amount: Multiyear funding (5 years) ranging from $850,000 to $1.2 million, plus management support and convening



 

 

Thriving K-12 Catholic SchoolsThriving K–12 Catholic Schools
Organization: Tracy Family Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $1,019,528

 

 

BAM Thats ImpactBAM! That’s Impact!
Organization: The Triple EEE Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: Part of general grant

 

 

 

 

Illinois Association of Free and Charitable ClinicsIllinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Organization: VNA Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $ 13,865 (initial); $75,000 per year × 3 years (subsequent)

 

Greater Opportunities Advancing LeadershipGOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership andScience) for Girls
Organization: The Velaj Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $25,000

 

 

 

 

Hospital Grant ProgramHospital Grant Program
Organization: Vera C. Hendry Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and volunteer hospital business advisor and fundraiser
Grant Amount: Grant capital plus volunteer support

 

 

 

 

ONeill Foundation Youth Philanthropy ProgramO’Neill Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program
Organization: William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar
Grant Amount: $134,000 total program budget

 

 

 

 

NGOsource - A Case Study in Funder CollaborationNGOsource: A Case Study in Funder Collaboration and User-Centered Design
Organization: Amgen Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, BP Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GE Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kresge Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Foundation
Grant Type: Dollar and staff time
Grant Amount: $4 million

Hall of Outsized Impact

Thanks to NGOsource for its support of the Hall of Outsized Impact at Exponent Philanthropy's 2014 National Conference.