Friday, February 11, 2011

Ralphs Fund

The Ralphs Fund is part of The Kroger Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The Ralphs Fund is supported through contributions from Ralphs Grocery Company; their parent company, Kroger; their suppliers; team members and their customers.

The generosity of their customers and team members, helped the Ralphs Fund award more than $1 million in grants in 2008, helping reduce hunger, inspire youth, support women health initiatives and promote the advancement of people of color throughout Southern California.

There are many good organizations and worthwhile causes: unfortunately, no company can support every single one. The Ralphs Fund gives grants to nonprofit programs that meet a number of focus areas, including 'education'.

Children/K-12 Education
: The Ralphs Fund’s grants for education – primarily to K-12 programs – have provided books for libraries, funded technology centers in schools and supported science programs. They also assist local arts, music, sports and enrichment programs.

How does my organization apply for a grant from the Ralphs Fund?  To be eligible, your organization must be:
  1. A 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit
  2. Located in Southern California
  3. Working in one of our focus areas
The Ralphs Fund does not make donations toward the following:
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Travel expenses
  • Projects of sectarian or religious organizations whose principal benefit is for their own members or adherents
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin
  • Third party giving (when an organization requests funds from Ralphs and then donates those funds to another organization)
If your organization meets the eligibility requirements above, please submit a written request on your organization’s letterhead along with a copy of the organization’s letter of determination from the IRS. Requests should be mailed to:

Ralphs Fund
c/o Ralphs Community Relations
P.O. Box 54143
Los Angeles, CA 90054

Requests to the Ralphs Fund must arrive eight (8) weeks prior to the event date or date of need.  Requests must include:
  1. The organization’s tax ID number
  2. The organization’s address, main contact first and last name, phone number, fax number and email address.
  3. Be specific as to the amount of grant be requested, how the grant will be used, and who the grant will serve. Include any other pertinent information about the program for which funding is being requested.
  4. Include how the Ralphs Fund will be recognized should the grant be approved.
  5. Include any brochures, website addresses or attachments about the organization seeking funding.
I'm not certain that BETF will qualify for this funding source based on their "third party giving" restriction. However, we are willing to give it a try for any eligible and interested BDPA chapter.

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