Wednesday, October 13, 2010

RGK Foundation

The RGK Foundation is an independent Foundation established in 1966 by Ronya and George Kozmetsky. For many years,the Foundation's primary focus was medical and educational research without geographical restriction.

The Foundation's focus has broadened over the years and now includes areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. Interests within Education focus on formal after-school tutoring integrating technology into curriculum, teacher development, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human development programs and community improvement programs.

My review of their website indicates the BDPA programs are most likely to fit into the 'Community' category.

RGK Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited grant proposals. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry as the first step. There is no deadline for submitting an electronic Letter of Inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry on an ongoing basis and typically responds within two days, although the foundation asks that you allow up to two weeks for a response.

You can see the 2008 grant recipients on page 28 of their 990-tax return. This list gives an idea of the size of grant funding successfully rec'd by organizations in the past.

1301 W 25th St, Ste 300
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 474-9298
Suzanne Haffey, Grants Associate

I encourage BDPA chapter leaders or national business area leaders to visit their website to see if they feel any synergy with RGK Foundation. If so, we can submit online letter of inquiry. BETF operates on a first-come, first-served basis. So, don't procrastinate with your online research!

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