Making grants that make a difference requires a good understanding of the problems you're trying to fix, the methods that others have tried and how they've fared, and the capabilities of the organization proposing a program.
We think that experience in the field is also essential. LICF staff have all worked for nonprofit organizations. This helps them appreciate the complexities of designing projects, translating them into compelling proposals, and competing for the limited amount of money that's available.
LICF must also balance the needs of the Long Island region with the charitable intent of our generous donors, who make these grants possible.