Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept unsolicited proposals?


Why do you not accept unsolicited proposals?

The Kohlberg Foundation is a small family foundation and takes great pride in having a focused and individual “hands on” approach to grantmaking with many of our grantees. Therefore, we have made a conscious decision not to accept unsolicited proposals; instead we choose to provide direct feedback and guidance to organizations which best match trustee interests.

If we feel that our organization is a very good candidate for your foundation, can we send a proposal?

Please do not send a proposal unless specifically requested to do so by the Foundation. We recommend that you initially submit a one page Letter of Inquiry describing your project. Applicants are asked not to send additional supporting materials with the initial letter of inquiry.

What happens after I submit a letter of inquiry?

The Foundation staff reviews all letters of inquiry we receive. There is no need to contact the foundation about the status of a letter because applicants are notified by telephone or in writing as to whether their requests meet the basic criteria for funding. If further consideration is merited, applicants will be asked at that time to submit a formal proposal. Please note that we do not accept letters of inquiry via e-mail.

Our letter of inquiry was declined. Can you tell us why?

A number of factors determine if a letter of inquiry is declined. Your organization or program may not fit our program areas, be out of our geographic focus, or we may not be funding in the field you inquired about.

Do you give grants to individuals?

No. Grants are only given to organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

Where can we find a list of representative grants that the Foundation has recently made? How do we learn more about the Foundation’s past grantees?

A complete list of past grantees can be found in our Annual Reports; recent annual reports can be found under the Annual Report section of this web site. If you would like a hard copy of the Annual Report please contact us.

To whom should letters of inquiry be addressed?

Letters of Inquiry should be directed to:

Nancy McCabe
The Kohlberg Foundation
84 Business Park Drive – Suite 304
Armonk, NY 10504

May I send a Letter of Inquiry by e-mail?

Please send all letters of inquiry by mail; security filters on our e-mail system may cause your letter to be delayed or diverted.