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The Yield Giving Open Call was launched on March 21, 2023. This United States-based initiative will award gifts of $1 million to 250 community-led, community-focused nonprofit organizations that explicitly advance the voices and opportunities of those most vulnerable: individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles.
The focus of this Open Call is community-led, community-focused nonprofit organizations with a strong track record of impact. In this context, “community” may refer to people who live in geographic proximity to one another who share resources or face similar challenges or to a group of people with a shared identity or need who may or may not live in close proximity to each other.
This Open Call seeks organizations whose main purpose is advancing the voices and opportunities of those most vulnerable, including individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination or other systemic obstacles.
The Open Call is open to nonprofit organizations from across the United States and U.S. Territories with annual operating budgets of no less than $1 million and no greater than $5 million for at least two of the last four fiscal years. To be eligible, 90 percent of an organization’s annual work must take place in the United States and/or U.S. Territories, and the organization must have been in existence for at least three years. Please refer to the RULES for more information about eligibility. We encourage you to assess your fit for the Open Call by completing the Organizational Readiness Tool.
Applications must be submitted by:
An organization that has received a favorable tax determination letter (“Tax Letter”) from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) that it qualifies as a public charity under section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2) or 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), other than a Type III supporting organization, and the Tax Letter remains in effect.
A fiscally sponsored organization and the fiscal sponsor has a favorable Tax Letter from the IRS that remains in effect.
A private operating foundation that has received a favorable Tax Letter from the IRS that remains in effect.
A tribal government treated as a State pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 7871.
This Open Call aims to elevate organizations in the U.S. working with people and in places with the greatest need: communities, individuals, and families with access to the fewest foundational resources and opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to, marginalized, historically oppressed racial and ethnic groups, immigrants and migrants (including asylum seekers, displaced people), people affected by justice system involvement (including jails and prisons), survivors of crime, abuse, conflict, war, and/or disasters, LGBTQIA+ people, people from marginalized gender identities, people with disabilities, individuals and families who have limited assets and are income constrained (whether employed or unemployed), and people experiencing poverty in areas with low economic mobility and access to supporting resources.
While acknowledging the critical importance of meeting basic needs like food, clothing, short-term emergency relief, and temporary shelter, this Open Call seeks organizations whose explicit purpose is to enable individuals and families to achieve improvement in their well-being through foundational resources such as access to health care, stable and affordable housing, education and job training, support for sustained employment, asset ownership, civic engagement, and other pathways. Among direct service providers, the strongest applicants will work primarily to furnish community members with services, resources, and opportunities to enable them to achieve this substantive improvement in their well-being. Organizations that work primarily to meet community members’ basic needs, including providing food, clothing, short-term emergency relief, and/or temporary shelter are unlikely to be a good fit for this Open Call.
A disproportionate amount of giving in the U.S. flows to larger organizations. This initiative seeks to help redress this inequity by elevating the work of smaller high-impact community-led, community-focused nonprofits.
To be eligible, an applicant organization must be based in the United States or U.S. Territories and at least 90 percent of their annual work must take place there. Organizations based outside of the U.S. and U.S.-based organizations conducting more than 10 percent of their work outside of the U.S. are not eligible for this Open Call.
250 general operating gifts of $1 million will be awarded through the Open Call.
Once the initial application submission deadline passes, the Open Call team will perform an administrative review to confirm that each submission meets the RULES and application requirements before advancing to the required Participatory Review.
During Participatory Review, each applicant organization will review the applications of five peer applicant organizations using the scoring rubric that outlines four criteria: equity-focused, track record, community leadership, and team capacity. Up to 1,000 of the top scoring organizations from Participatory Review will advance to the Evaluation Panel, where they will receive additional review and comments from five Evaluation Panel Reviewers. During Evaluation Panel Review, applications will be assessed using the same scoring rubric. 250 awardees will be selected from the top-scoring organizations to receive gifts of $1 million each.
Please review the Open Call timeline here.
Interested organizations must register before 4:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time on Friday, May 5, 2023.
Registered organizations must submit an application. Complete applications are due by 4:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time on Monday, June 12, 2023.
All organizations meeting the eligibility criteria for the Open Call will be assessed by peer applicants during Participatory Review between July and August 2023.
After Participatory Review is complete, up to 1,000 organizations top-rated by peers will advance to the externally recruited Evaluation Panel. Applications will then be assessed by Evaluation Panel Reviewers between September and October 2023.
Over the course of a few months, informed by the results of the Peer Review and Evaluation Panel, the donor and donor team will review submitted application materials.
Selecting from among the top scoring organizations, 250 awardees will be selected and announced in early 2024.
Organizations applying to the Open Call will be asked to do the following as part of the application process:
Register (15 minutes). Answer a few short informational questions.
Submit an Application (~10+ hours). Provide an overview of your organization, your organization’s work, and your track record of impact.
Complete Participatory Review (~2.5 hours). Assess the applications of five, and if necessary up to seven, other applicants using the scoring rubric that outlines four criteria: equity-focused, track record, community leadership, and team capacity. Each applicant organization that completes reviews will receive $500 in appreciation for their participation in the evaluation process.
Applicants can expect to hear status updates about the Open Call through the email address provided in registration.
The amount of $1 million reflects the budget size of eligible organizations.
The gifts made in this Open Call will be general operating support gifts. Accordingly, there are no restrictions on their usage.
No. Organizations that have received prior gifts from the donor are not eligible to apply.
No. Local affiliates of national organizations that have previously received funding from the donor are not eligible to apply.
Faith-based organizations whose main purpose is advancing the voices and opportunities of those most vulnerable, including individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination or other systemic obstacles are welcome to apply. However, religious organizations whose main purpose is spiritual development, proselytizing, and/or religious activities are not eligible to apply.
No. Organizations whose work includes funding loans or microloans to individuals, nonprofit, or for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
No. The receipt of a gift through this Open Call does not preclude an organization from consideration in future gift-giving. With this Open Call, the donor is introducing an additional pathway for information about outstanding organizations to reach her team. Applicants and awardees in this and any future Open Calls will continue to be eligible for consideration in her ongoing philanthropic gift-giving.
The Evaluation Panel is comprised of highly experienced and qualified individuals from the community-led nonprofit sector, academia, and the philanthropic community recruited specifically for this Open Call. The reviewers will use the provided scoring rubric to assess eligible applications. Each application will be reviewed by at least five reviewers. You can view the list of reviewers here.
As per the Open Call recusal policy (in full, below), Evaluation Panel Reviewers who are staff members of an applicant organization will be asked to recuse themselves from the Evaluation Panel.
Evaluation Panel Reviewer Recusal Policy: We know that after the public launch of the Open Call occurs your organization may decide to apply. If you are a staff member of an applicant organization, you will be asked to recuse yourself from the Panel. We also ask that you recuse yourself from evaluating the applications of any organizations for which you, your family members, or your close friends serve as employees, investors, current funders, advisors, or board members. Please let us know if you have questions about this policy; it is intended to ensure fairness.
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