Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grant Declination: Whirlpool Foundation (National BDPA)

The BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) board of directors want us to go after more funding at the national level. It is more difficult to get funding at national level, however, it is important for future growth of BDPA programs and services ... so we will work hard to 'make it so'.

Our effort to get national funding from Whirlpool Foundation was unsuccessful. We submitted a $25,350 grant proposal last month to the folks from Whirlpool. They recently informed us that our grant proposal had been denied.

The declination letter read as follows:

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding product donation, sponsorship or financial assistance. Whirlpool’s Community Relations department receives countless requests from outstanding causes such as yours.

In light of the economy and restrained budgets, our incoming requests far exceed available funds. We try to work with those not-for-profits that we have established relationships and are supported by our employees through volunteerism efforts.

Our focus on assistance is in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Private individuals cannot be offered assistance;
  • Community based initiatives from nonprofit organizations, must have 501(c)(3) status;
  • Organizations must be located within communities in which we operate.
While you may meet the above criteria, unfortunately, we simply do not have the funds available at this time.

We appreciate your interest in Whirlpool Corporation and wish you success in securing the assistance you are seeking.

Kind regards,
Candice L. Garman

BETF will continue to seek funding for BDPA programs and services. Let us know if you have any ideas or thoughts on where we might go to get financial support for BDPA on a local or national level!

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