The burke Foundation Award 2013
The Burke Foundation
The Burke Foundation is named in honor of Richard Burke, former Chairman of Trek Bicycle Corporation headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Mr. Burke dedicated his life to investing in others, and left his estate to the Foundation to continue that work. The Burke Foundation is committed to enhancing and improving a) the character, quality and access to education, b) the personal, social and intellectual development of children and youth, and c) the educational and social quality of community life. This Request for Proposal reflects these priorities. “Dick believed that supporting Milwaukee’s young people was the best way to invest in the community,” says Mary Burke, Burke Foundation Board Member and Richard Burke’s daughter.
The Burke Foundation Board of Directors is interested in funding projects that will produce substantive positive outcomes for young people in the Milwaukee area. For the purposes of the Burke Foundation Award, the Foundation is looking to partner with new, innovative, or scalable educational opportunities and projects that enhance the well-being of Milwaukee’s youth and future leaders. By design, the project definition for this grant is open and flexible to allow for a variety of creative, well-conceived projects that address urban education and youth development.
From May 29, 2013 until July 18, 2013 the Burke Foundation will be accepting project proposals from organizations that focus on urban education and youth development in metro Milwaukee. The Burke Foundation will consider proposals for projects that are 3-5 years in duration, and will grant between $200,000 to $1 million per year to each recipient. The Burke Foundation will consider projects focused on youth ages 2 to 25 from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, with a preference for projects that focus on those in need. In addition to financial support, the Foundation will seek ways to leverage its relationships and expertise to further the supported organizations’ missions.
“We believe that young people will unlock Milwaukee’s capacity to be an even more vibrant city. For that reason, we are committed to providing additional resources to empower organizations tackling social challenges in the areas of urban education and youth development,” says Deanna Singh, Burke Foundation Executive Director. “We are looking for organizations that have a well-developed plan, great leadership and the ability to execute on their vision.” Winners of the award will be announced in early 2014. Requests may include expenses for planning, project staff, training and implementation costs, evaluation, and related capital expenditures.
To apply for The Burke Foundation Award, please follow the steps outlined below:
STEP 1: Review a PDF of the application (click to download) to become familiar with the application questions.
STEP 2: Start the online application. You must meet the grant criteria in order to apply for funding.
- Your project must be focused on the areas of urban education and/ or youth development
- Your project must be focused on youth in Metro Milwaukee (Waukesha or Milwaukee County)
- You must be a federally tax except, 501(c)(3) charity organization
STEP 3: Save your work through the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of the online application.
STEP 4: Upload proof of your organization’s 501(c)(3) status and a copy of your Theory of Change diagram. Download the
Theory of Change example from the Burke Foundation website and complete the Theory of Change diagram for your
organization and program.
STEP 5: Hit the “Submit” button to complete your application. Applications may not be edited once this button has been pushed.
You will receive an email after your application submission confirming that the Burke Foundation has received your application. This email is your confirmation.
- Burke Foundation Award Round 1 Application posted on our website: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
- Non-Mandatory Question and Answer Sessions: Thursday, June 27, 5:30PM OR Tuesday, July 9, 10:00AM
- Round 1 Applications Due: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5pm
- Round 2 Finalists Announced: Fall / Winter 2013
- Site Visits for Round 2 Applicants: Fall / Winter 2013
- Awardees Announced: Early 2014
- Funding will be available starting July 1, 2014
In order to complete this application, you must attach a copy of your organization's Theory of Change.
The Theory of Change diagram is a visual, strategic road map for success based on the impact an organization hopes to achieve. A Theory of Change is a specific and measurable description of a social change initiative that forms the basis for strategic planning, on-going decision-making and evaluation.
Steps for completing this document:
- Download an example of a Theory of Change (click here)
- Download the Theory of Change template (click here)
- Complete the Theory of Change template for your organization and program.
- Upload your completed diagram to The Burke Foundation Award Application.
Please submit your proposals online by 5:00pm on Thursday, July 18, 2013.
We will address all inquiries regarding this proposal on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you have a question that is not addressed on that page, you may submit an inquiry using this form. We will post our responses on the FAQ page within one week so that all organizations will have the benefit of seeing our answers.
In addition, we will be hosting NON-mandatory question and answer sessions on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:30pm and
Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00am at the Hudson Business Lounge, 310. E. Buffalo St.
Attendance is limited, so we ask each organization to choose only one individual to represent them at this event.
If you are interested in sending a representative, please RSVP by clicking one:
June 27 OR July 9.