Small, Steady Dollars Make a Difference

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Created in 1962 to better people’s lives and strengthen communities, the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation does the opposite of what many foundations do.

Some foundations support new initiatives and start-up programs with large grants for short periods. The Andersen Foundation is at the other end of the spectrum: It gives a lot of $10,000—$20,000 general operating grants year in and year out.

The foundation is not about making a huge, immediate impact and leveraging big dollars. It’s about doing many small, good things in its geographic area. It offers a lot of general operating support; it also pays for capacity building activities for nonprofits and feasibility studies for capital campaigns. The foundation fills niches few other funders do.

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