FAQs


What is the mission of The Eisner Foundation?

The Eisner Foundation exists to provide access and opportunity for disadvantaged children and the aging of Los Angeles County.

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What kinds of programs do you fund?

For the children of Los Angeles we seek to provide them with the tools they need to attain self-sufficiency and to build productive lives. We fund innovative after-school programs in underserved communities that provide children with access to the academic and enrichment opportunities and prepare them for higher education. We also support endeavors to give children access to the arts, quality healthcare options and programs that help prevent abuse and neglect.

For the aging, we strive to provide lasting change in the lives of older adults, with a special emphasis on those that are especially vulnerable due to poor health or poverty. We pursue this objective by partnering with high-performing non-profit organizations that advocate on behalf of seniors to provide access to health care, safety in their environments, cultural enrichment, and the opportunity to age with dignity.

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What type of support can we request?

The Eisner Foundation considers requests for general operating support, project support, capacity building, and capital support.

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How much is the average grant?

Our grants typically range in size from $100,000 to $300,000. These grants are made to established, efficient and effective organizations in Los Angeles County. We also make small grants to emerging, grass-roots-oriented organizations in the range of $10,000 to $25,000.

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What is the deadline for applying for a grant to The Eisner Foundation?

The Eisner Foundation accepts Letters of Intent on a rolling, year-round basis. There is no deadline for the Letter of Intent. If your LOI is a good fit with the Foundation’s mission and funding priorities, then you will be sent a full grant application. At that time, you will be notified of the Foundation’s timetable and review process.

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What is the Eisner Foundation’s application process?

The Eisner Foundation follows a two-step application process. The first step is the Letter of Intent (LOI) which includes a brief history of the organization, the population it serves, the programs it provides, and an explanation of why the organization believes it would be a good partner for The Eisner Foundation. This must run no more than 2 pages. After the LOI is sent into the Foundation offices and reviewed by the staff, either an invitation to submit a full grant application is extended or a decline is sent to the applicant.

The second stage is the full grant application which is sent to the applicant if the LOI is a good fit with the Foundation’s philosophy, funding priorities and expectations. The applicant will be notified of the Foundation’s timetable and review process at that time.

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My LOI was declined. Can I apply again for funding?

Yes, you may apply again for funding but you must wait one full year from the date of your decline letter before reapplying.

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Do you fund any organizations outside of Los Angeles County?

No.

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My organization does not have tax-exempt status. May I still apply for a grant?

The Foundation only considers LOIs and grant applications from tax-exempt organizations.

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I sent in a Letter of Intent to the Foundation and have not heard back. How can I check the status of my request?

Keep in mind that due to the high volume of LOIs that the Foundation receives, it may take a few weeks to get back to each applicant with its acknowledgement and decision.

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My organization has received a past grant from The Eisner Foundation. Are we still eligible to apply for a grant?

Yes. You must wait until the period for which you received funding has passed.

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What is the difference between general operating support, project support, capacity building support and capital support?

General Operating Support- Unrestricted funds that support the general operations of an organization.

Project Support- Funds that are designated to a specific project carried out by the organization.

Capacity-Building Support- Funds that are for board and staff development, technological assistance and upgrades, and strategic planning.

Capital Support- Funds specifically for the purpose of purchasing, renovating, or construction of facilities.

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How many board meetings does The Eisner Foundation have?

The Eisner Foundation Board meets four times a year–March, June, September, and December.

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What criteria does The Eisner Foundation use to evaluate the LOIs and grant applications?

The Eisner Foundation is mainly interested in four main criteria when evaluating organizations for their worthiness as potential philanthropic partners. This criteria help to inform our work as we evaluate proposals and grant applications.

  • Efficiency: The Eisner Foundation believes that charities have an obligation to their donors, the taxpaying public, and the people they serve to operate as fiscally efficiently as possible. We generally do not fund organizations that are unable to allocate at least 75% of their operating expenses directly to their programs, whatever they may be. In addition, we do benchmark organizations against their peers, and will compare the efficiencies of charities with similar missions and geographical locations.
  • Effectiveness: The Eisner Foundation seeks out organizations with demonstrated records of success, with quantifiable and measurable patterns of achievement that can be used as a benchmark to assure future accomplishments. Organizations unable to point to proven past results are unlikely to garner Eisner Foundation support of any substantial level.
  • Exceptional Leadership: The Eisner Foundation believes that in the non-profit world, great organizations are often the by-product of great leadership. In a crowded marketplace with many redundant charities, those that succeed are usually led by visionary and extraordinary management. Thusly, we seek out organizations with exceptional leaders or leadership teams, and are more inclined to approve a proposal from institutions led by true innovators.
  • Expected Outcomes: The Eisner Foundation is not interested in vanity philanthropy designed to bring attention to the founding family or our work; we are focused entirely on identifying and partnering with organizations that are likely to produce likely and reproducible results. Our goal is to ally with high-performing institutions able to create sustainable long-term solutions to the societal problems we seek to eliminate, not merely alleviate the symptoms. As a result, we evaluate organizations on the basis of their ability to actively understand the conditions in which they work and to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty what impact their work, enabled by our funding, will bear. We are actively seeking charities that can produce specific, objective, and measurable outcomes that can be assessed and documented externally.

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My organization was declined at the proposal stage. How long do I have to wait before reapplying?

Again, you must wait one full year from the date of your declination letter before reapplying to the Foundation.

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How do I contact the Eisner Foundation?

The Eisner Foundation can be reached at the following address:

The Eisner Foundation
9401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 735 • Beverly Hills, CA 90212
lizzie.rosenberg@eisnerfoundation.org • (310) 228-6808

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