Mission & Grantmaking
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The LaureL Foundation is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children living in Northern California. We support educational and social services organizations serving these children, especially those that incorporate the natural world, animals and the empowerment of girls into their programs. We specifically look for organizations that demonstrate a superior level of integrity and transparency and those that collaborate with other nonprofits with complementary programs.


We consider requests for program support and expansion, challenge/matching grants, advocacy efforts, capacity building, general operating support and capital improvements. We are open to providing seed money for innovative programs. We do not support individuals or lobbying efforts.

A Sampling of Recent Grants


The LaureL Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but will consider 2-3 page letters of inquiry. We suggest contacting us via email to determine if an LOI is advisable. If invited, the narrative should describe how the organization would use the grant funds and, if you received a grant in the prior year, you should attach a brief report on the expenditure of those funds. If invited to submit a full proposal, you will have a month to submit a more thorough narrative. Because we utilize a streamlined grant application process, in most cases, no additional documentation will be requested; however, organizations that have not received a grant in the past or those requesting grants of $50,000 or more will be asked to provide financial information.

Please direct questions about the application process to: Chuck Hoblitzelle, Grants Manager, at: chuck.hoblitzelle@laurel-fdn.org or (949) 216-2212.