Broad Guiding Parameters
|With funding from the Sachs Foundation, the Northern California Community Loan Fund financed The Crucible, which offers low-cost classes and job-training in the fire and industrial arts.
The Foundation recognizes the importance of utilizing its assets to make a meaningful and substantial impact in selected philanthropic activities. To this end, the Foundation is particularly interested in:
Leverage - Seeking to provide "seed" or start-up money in such a way as to result in substantially more funding than that initially provided. This is accomplished by focusing on charitable organizations and institutions whose activities are themselves highly leveraged, by providing matching grants/funding, and by using a number of other innovative approaches and techniques.
Clarity - Focusing on problems/issues, and related charitable activities, which offer a clear strategy and solution, to an equally clear social problem.
Simplicity - Favoring projects that offer straightforward, problem-solving approaches with an effective and near term outcome or impact.
Effectiveness - Requiring a direct and concrete connection between the expenditure of funds and their immediate or near term effect. Special attention is given to low administrative/overhead cost candidate organizations and institutions.
Accountability - Emphasizing the funding of organizations, institutions, individuals and families directly responsible and accountable for the effective use of resources.
Necessity - Wanting to be satisfied that the need for funding is clearly evident and that the funding being sought cannot readily be obtained from other sources.