2019 Grantmaking Update

A message from Mari Kuraishi,
President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Dear Grantee,

As you may know, I joined the Jessie Ball duPont Fund as president in January 2019. I received heartfelt welcomes from many of you and sincerely look forward to meeting in person later this year and beyond.

My purpose in writing to you is to announce May 16, 2019 as the final deadline for 2019 competitive grant applications. It is my hope that this gives those of you considering a competitive grant request this year adequate time to work with our team to submit a proposal and receive a trustee review and decision.

This is a temporary pause only as it relates to competitive grant requests. Our small grants (i.e., Technical Assistance, Feasibility, and Small But Great) will continue uninterrupted.

All final competitive grant decisions for 2019 will be made by the trustee meeting on June 28th. And we will, of course, notify you of the outcomes as soon as possible, as is our practice.

This pause is something we are undertaking in this moment of transition to sharpen our strategy, our theory of change, our metrics, and our ability to measure our impact. We plan to take time to visit and listen to grantees, enabling staff and trustees to reflect on how we, together, can build upon past successes and accomplishments. We anticipate sharing the outcomes of our reflection with you in January 2020 and resuming grantmaking thereafter.

I realize this is a change, and you are likely wondering about exactly how this will play out. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, I invite you to submit questions that might come to mind during the next week. You can directly enter your questions into the website information page we have set up here.

I will respond to your questions in a live streaming video webinar at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 21st. The webinar will be recorded so those of you who do not watch it live can do so later. We will also post a written record of the Q & A.

The information page on our website where you can submit questions and register for the webinar is here:

I very much look forward to communicating further with you on the 21st, and I look forward to learning more about your communities, especially on site visits, throughout the year. The good in the world that the Fund can take credit for is the work of our grantees—your work—and we all want to see more of it.

Best Wishes,

Mari Kuraishi

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