Grantmaking Criteria

What Criteria Will We Use To Evaluate Your Proposal?

We want to get to know you and your organization before you submit a proposal to the Foundation. The partnership with our grantees is as fundamental to our work as the passion we have for efforts that support our goals, strategies and priorities.

Your program officer at the Foundation will be your primary partner before, during and after the process of submitting a proposal, but decisions are made by a team and include board approval. Because we want depth to our partnership with you, there will be factors that are considered in evaluating a proposal that are less tangible than the criteria listed below. However, you may find it helpful to know the criteria we are universally reviewing the proposals submitted to the Foundation:

  • Is your mission and work consistent with our vision, mission and health equity framework?
  • Is the work of your organization aligned with our goals and objectives?
  • Does your work fit within the specific priorities we have determined for the current year?
  • Diversity of staff, board and leadership are important elements of organizational capacity that we will review as well as how you operationalize your organization's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Is your organization financially sound?
  • What is your track record of success/progress?
  • How significant is the need?
  • What is the significance of the impact of this work? How many will be served and to what degree?
  • Are the intended outputs and outcomes clear, realistic and measurable?
  • Can support from the Saint Luke's Foundation be leveraged?
  • Are there appropriate partnerships in place to strengthen your ability to implement and sustain your work?
  • Is beneficiary voice considered in program development, implementation and evaluation?

What Metrics Are We Using To Monitor Community Progress?

In each of the objectives we set, we have considered metrics that we might use to help us assess what is going on in our community that is related to our objectives and strategies. This will enable us to see progress on a larger scale, but will also provide insight that can guide us as we move along. Key measures include:

  • number of children enrolled in 5 star rated pre-school
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • third-grade reading proficiency
  • CMSD High School graduation rate
  • median household income
  • population living below poverty level
  • unemployment rate
  • percent of population with health insurance coverage
  • percent of eligible people enrolled in appropriate benefits
  • percent of people living in unaffordable housing
  • number of homes tested for lead/remediated
  • number of blighted homes removed
  • infant mortality
  • voter participation rate
  • social, emotional support levels
  • obesity rate
  • park areas/greenspace
  • median home values
  • commercial occupancy rates