Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in the communities in which we live and work by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations. We do this in a number of ways, including providing grants through our Foundation, giving our employees 40 hours of paid volunteer time annually, sponsoring events, and offering in-kind donations of equipment.
What We Fund
The Foundation’s annual budget is $750,000; while this is substantial, there is a lot of need in our communities so our giving is focused. Our grants vary in size with roughly 70% around $5,000 and we rarely fund an entire program. We look for proposals that have:
- A well-planned approach to underlying issues or needs
- A base of support
- A committed and skilled leadership team
We don’t fund new programs. We focus on proven programs with metrics to support success. We also favor programs that focus on children and families but we also consider those in health and human services, the environment, education, the arts and recreation. The vast majority of our funding is centered on central and northern Vermont and the Dallas, Texas, area where our employees live and work.
What We Don't Fund
We don’t make grants for endowments, scholarships, higher educational institutions (with the exception of our employee matching program), religious organizations, labor and fraternal groups, debt reduction or work that has already been completed.
Additionally, we don’t make grants to individuals, daycare facilities, or school trips. Finally we don’t make grants to organizations that discriminate in any way on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
Who is Eligible?
To be considered for a grant, an organization must be a public charity which is exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
When and How Often to Apply
You can submit one application per calendar year. We have no enrollment periods but the budget is often depleted by the end of the third quarter; it’s then we begin to consider applications for the following calendar year.