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The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation  

Grantmaking Policies and Procedures

The Foundation is not accepting any new proposals in 2017 while the Board reviews its Guidelines and grant-making. Please check this website in the fall for updates.

Guidelines for Application
The Foundation makes grants to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501c(3) of the IRS code, organized and operated for charitable purposes.  Grantseekers should submit a letter of inquiry or short proposal (no more than 3 – 5 pages) containing the following:

  • The purpose of the grant and the activities to be conducted during the grant period
  • An explanation of expected outcomes and plan for measuring the outcomes
  • The qualifications of the organization to carry out the proposed activities
  • The current budget of the organization and of the program(s) seeking support
  • A short budget narrative that outlines how the project funds will be divided between program, overhead and other administrative costs
  • Sources of support, either existing or anticipated
  • A list of board members and key staff
  • A copy of IRS letter of determination or information on fiscal agent
  • A copy of most recent audited financial report

Proposals and inquiries are accepted on a rolling basis and should be addressed to the President of the Foundation; submissions will be acknowledged.  Generally, grant decisions are made within three to four months of proposal submission.  If additional information about your proposal is needed, you will be contacted.  Grantseekers will be notified of the Foundation’s decision in all cases.

Geographic Focus
The Baltimore Communal Giving Program makes grants primarily in Maryland, with an emphasis on the greater Baltimore area.  Grants in the Jewish Communal Giving program are often in Europe, Russia or countries of the former Soviet Union, but may also be in  the United States with preference to Baltimore, New York, Washington, DC and Portland, Maine.

The Foundation does not support or make grants in the following areas:

  • individuals
  • individual scholarship programs
  • unsolicited proposals for scientific research
  • finance deficits
  • annual giving
  • membership campaigns
  • sponsoring fundraising events

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Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation
6225 Smith Avenue, Suite B100, Baltimore, Maryland, 21209