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 What is the Buck Foundation?

 A family foundation for support of children and youth, women and minorities with a commitment to peace and social justice. Founded by Douglas H. Buck and Mildred M. Buck in 1986 with continuing involvement and support by their children and grandchildren. Most of our grants go to organizations in Colorado.  Some grants have been awarded to national organizations and support for East Maui in Hawai’i. A copy of the Foundation’s annual 990PF is available on request.

 Does the Foundation have any restrictions on potential grant recipients?

Yes. The Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)(3) organizations and non-governmental agencies. The Foundation will not accept grant requests from individuals, for endowments, or for capital campaigns.

 What areas does the Foundation support?

The Foundation supports the following areas:

Economic Assistance: Improving the quality of life for emotionally, physically, economically, or intellectually disadvantaged families and individuals including children who lack the resources to help themselves.

Public Policy and Advocacy:  Realizing that change requires advocacy, we welcome grant requests from organizations that engage in public policy and advocacy. The Foundation may support organizations engaged in public policy change by providing general operating support or by funding educational advocacy.

Social Services: Addressing social issues facing women, children, and families by supporting programs that provide services in areas such as domestic violence, homelessness, drug abuse, and legal assistance.

Education: Addressing the issues of at-risk and low-income K-12 students by supporting programs that will improve the quality of education and encourage those students to excel and become future leaders. In the educational arena we focus specifically on supporting underserved communities.  

 How does the Foundation allocate funds?

Grant applications are considered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which determines the allocation of funds. 

 What are the geographic funding areas?

The Buck Foundation accepts solicited proposals from qualified organizations in the Denver Metro Area that includes the seven counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson.  We also accept solicited proposals from Hana in East Maui where the family has a long standing history.  Buck family members from time to time will make discretionary grants outside of these geographic areas. 

 Are there limits on the amount of a grant request?

 The average grant size is between $5,000 and $10,000.   

 How can my organization apply for a grant?

We will solicit applicants.

 What is the time interval between submitting a grant request and the Foundation acting on that request?

Grants are awarded once a year, in July. Grant requests received by March 15th will be acted upon by July 15th.

 If the Board approves a grant request, what happens?

The applicant will be notified by letter as well as email and will receive the grant award by July 31st. Grantees will be requested to provide an online report of the impact the grant has had on the clients served by the program, in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the grant award letter.

 If the Board does not approve a grant request, what happens?

The applicant will be notified by letter by July 31st.