Overview of the Grant Funding Policy for Grant Awards of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation
The Mzuri Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1969 in San Francisco, California for the purpose of promoting wildlife management and protecting wildlife natural habitat. Sportsmen who are hunter conservationist and have hunted throughout the world created the Foundation. The Foundation intends to fund direct benefit programs as opposed to conduit funding programs through third parties. The Foundation is opposed to funding programs related to Political Actions Committees, (PAC’s), or political campaigns.
The Grant Policy and Review Committee, (GPR), was created in 1997 at the request of the Board of Trustees for the purpose of soliciting, reviewing and underwriting grant requests. After GPR underwriting takes place the committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The members of the committee consist of the Officers of the Foundation. Guidelines and policy for grant award consideration may change from time to time with the approval of the Board of Trustees.
One objective of the GPR committee is to provide evidence to the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation donors that good programs can produce good results. Benefactors will see positive outcomes and continue to fund the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation.
With this in mind the grant recipient selection process was adopted. The overriding criteria for judging grant applications are to seek a positive response to the following questions.
- Does the grant request meet the standards of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation Grant Funding Policy?
- Do we have a compelling prior history with the grant applicant? Have we seen positive results from prior fundings to this applicant?
- Does the project have the capability to produce determinable or measurable results, based on achieving the program’s stated goals and objectives?
- Is there clear benefit to the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation? Can we receive adequate recognition for our supportive role in the programs’ local media, publications and journals? Is the grantee able to assist this effort?
- Are we a direct sponsor of the project? We prefer to be the direct sponsor and not fund the endowment of other 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. In the event that we fund a program through a non-profit conduit, we would require a copy of the most current federal Form 990 return attached to the grant application.
- Does our grantee profile reflect our interest in balancing available funds among California, national and international programs?