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The Change Happens Foundation is dedicated to allocating our resources to charitable activities and programs that are aligned with our pillars and fall within our budgetary constraints. Organizations whose projects do not satisfy our eligibility standards or match to our focus areas are encouraged not to proceed with an LOI. For those seeking foundations with interests aligned to their work, the Foundation Center offers a valuable resource—a searchable database designed to assist nonprofits in identifying potential funding opportunities.


The Change Happens Foundation is dedicated to supporting charitable activities that align with our pillars areas, strictly adhering to the guidelines of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. We are committed to the effective use of our grants, which are monitored through comprehensive financial and performance reporting by our grantees.


Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for funding, organizations must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status, be a recognized government entity, or an IRS-recognized tribe. We are unable to support inquiries from private foundations or organizations without three years of Form 990 submissions, as verified through GuideStar Charity Check.


Grant Application Process:

1. Determine Eligibility: Review our criteria and ensure your project aligns with our focus areas. If not, we recommend utilizing the Foundation Center’s extensive database to find suitable funding opportunities.

2. Letter of Inquiry: Initiate your application by submitting a Letter of Inquiry through our portal. This step helps assess whether your project matches our current priorities and budget.

3. Proposal Submission: Following a positive review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a detailed proposal for further consideration as well meet virtually with the executive director prior to a full board vote.



We do not fund:

- Organizations based outside the U.S.

- Faith-based activities

- Endowments, scholarships, or special events

- Projects from organizations with policies discriminating based on ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.


Indirect Cost Policy:

Our grants do not cover indirect costs such as processing or fiscal sponsor fees. Applicants will need to secure other resources for such expenses.


We value your efforts in making a positive impact and thank you for your interest in the Change Happens Foundation. While our grant process is competitive, we are inspired by each application's dedication and potential to foster significant change. We look forward to the possibility of supporting your projects and encourage those not selected to consider reapplying or seeking other funding sources.

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