Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
Are there any non-profit activities that the Board of the McGowan Fund does not support?
Is a McGowan Charitable Fund grant application necessary?
How often can an organization apply to the McGowan Fund for grants?
Do you award multi-year grants?
We have completed our on-line grant application and will submit by your deadline. However, our accountants won't have the financial report until next month. Will our grant still be considered at your meeting?
We would like someone from your organization to visit our site to see first-hand what we are doing; can you arrange for someone to visit?
Can you provide the name & phone number of your board member living in our area?
We are waiting for the IRS to send our 501(c)3 documentation. Should we send our grant application now or wait until we get the IRS documentation?
Where can I look at a copy of your IRS filings?
What are our reporting responsibilities after we have been awarded a grant?

Geographic Guidelines
Our organization is not headquartered within your geographic guidelines but we do have offices in areas in which you give. Would we be eligible for a grant?
Are all grant requests subject to the Fund's geographic restrictions?
Why do you restrict your grant making to the stated communities?
Our organization is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, but our program is in Venezuela -- are we considered in your geographic region?
Our organization is headquartered in Utah, but our programs affect people in California, Illinois, Washington, DC, as well as Utah. Are we considered within your geographic region?

Grant Application Deadlines
Are there deadlines for the filing of grant applications?
Do you accept applications by mail in addition to, or in lieu of the on-line system?

McGowan Fellows
Can my University apply for a McGowan Fellowship?




    Are there any non-profit activities that the Board of the McGowan Fund does not support?
    Yes, the Fund will only make grants to those activities covered in our grant guidelines. For instance, it generally does not entertain requests for funding of advocacy, building funds, capital campaigns, endowments, sponsorships, grants to individuals, or the arts.

    Is a McGowan Charitable Fund grant application necessary?
    Yes, the McGowan Fund requires that every request be made through the Fund's on-line application system. The application also indicates the supporting material that must accompany a request. 

    How often can an organization apply to the McGowan Fund for grants?
    The Fund will review only one grant request per year from any organization.

    Do you award multi-year grants?
    No.  The Fund does not make multi-year awards, but welcomes renewal grant requests. 

    We have completed our on-line grant application and will submit by your deadline. However, our accountants won't have the financial report until next month. Will our grant still be considered at your meeting?
    Yes, if the grant application is submitted by the deadline, the grant will be considered at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. A letter explaining the delay in availability of the financial statement should be included with the application.

    We would like someone from your organization to visit our site to see first-hand what we are doing; can you arrange for someone to visit?
    If you would like someone to visit your site, you may make such a request. However, please bear in mind that our foundation makes grants throughout the country and it is impossible to visit every program. We attempt to make as many site visits as possible, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate every request.

    Can you provide the name & phone number of your board member living in our area?
    Members of our Board have busy schedules in their communities and we prefer that they not receive direct inquiries from those seeking grants. Visits can be arranged through the foundation office.

     
    We are waiting for the IRS to send our 501(c)3 documentation. Should we send our grant application now or wait until we get the IRS documentation?
    The Fund awards grants only to organizations with IRS approved 501(c)3 status.   

    Where can I look at a copy of your IRS filings?
    A copy of our 990-PF is available at the McGowan Charitable Fund office. It also is available through a number of organizations that service non-profit organizations with online information such as The Foundation Center or Guidestar.

    What are our reporting responsibilities after we have been awarded a grant?
    Every grant is unique.  At a minimum a final report will be due upon completion of the first anniversary of the grant.  Some grants will have interim reporting requirements.

    Our organization is not headquartered within your geographic guidelines but we do have offices in areas in which you give. Would we be eligible for a grant?
    No, you would not be eligible. The McGowan Fund currently receives more grant requests from organization headquarters within our approved areas than it has resources to fulfill. Therefore, we cannot give to outside groups. Local offices are free to request funds for local purposes.

    Are all grant requests subject to the Fund's geographic restrictions?

    Yes, all unsolicited proposals must fall within the geographic parameters established by the Fund.

    Why do you restrict your grant making to the stated communities?
    The McGowan Fund is governed by a Board of Directors whose members live in those geographic areas.  Members of our Board of Directors make site visits to organizations in their local communities and steward those programs during the grant period.  Given the resolve to be good stewards of all grants awarded, the Fund can only ask Board Directors to oversee projects in their district.

    Our organization is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, but our program is in Venezuela -- are we considered in your geographic region?
    No, your program would not be considered as being within our geographic area. The McGowan Fund does not make grants for programs in any foreign country regardless of where the sponsoring organization is headquartered.

    Our organization is headquartered in Utah, but our programs affect people in California, Illinois, Washington, DC, as well as Utah. Are we considered within your geographic region?
    No, we are sorry but only organization headquarters within our geographic guidelines are eligible for grants. We received more requests from groups within those areas than we can support so we must maintain these limitations. 

    Are there deadlines for the filing of grant applications?
    Yes. The Board of Directors considers grant requests at three Board sessions each year - March, July and November. Deadlines for the submission of applications for those sessions are January 2, May 1, and September 1 respectively.  While grant applications must be received via the on-line application system by those deadlines, we encourage you to submit in advance of those dates.

    Do you accept applications by mail in addition to, or in lieu of the on-line system?
    No, all applicants must apply on-line.

    Can my University apply for a McGowan Fellowship?
    The only college level support available is through the McGowan Fellows program for second-year MBA candidates in the top twenty business schools in the U.S.  The schools are carefully selected by the Board of Directors, and therefore the fellowship is not open to unsolicited applicants.