How We Grant

All of our grants are made to organizations identified by Helmsley, with the exception of a limited number of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) related to specific grant initiatives. We do not accept unsolicited grant requests.

Across all of our programs, we are committed to true partnership with our grantees in the pursuit of meaningful positive results for the populations they serve and purposes they address.  We work closely with these organizations to craft grants that:

  • Align with our broader program strategies;
  • Identify outcomes that are meaningful, practical, and measurable;
  • Reflect the knowledge and experience we have gained through the ongoing evaluation of the impact of our grantmaking;
  • Provide the appropriate level of funding and, often, additional support resources required to achieve the targeted outcomes;
  • Set interim benchmarks to track progress and, if necessary, adapt the grant project accordingly;
  • Establish clear channels and procedures for communications between the grantee and Helmsley staff; and
  • Create solutions that are self-sustaining, scalable, and repeatable.

As a relatively new organization, we have the great benefit of flexibility to draw upon the best practices in grantmaking from throughout the world of philanthropy. We are committed to the meticulous monitoring of our efforts and unvarnished evaluation. Within and across our programs, we constantly strive to understand our impact, learn what works and what doesn’t, and apply that knowledge to become more effective.