Frequently Asked Questions

What type of Organizations do you fund?
The Rose Hills Foundation supports qualified tax-exempt charitable organizations for the benefit of Southern California.

What are the Foundation’s areas of interest for grant making?
Preferential attention will be given to organizations exhibiting the following positive factors:

  • A history of achievement, good management, and a stable financial condition
  • Programs that are self-sustaining and will not necessitate continued dependence on the Foundation
  • Significant programs with the promise of making a measurable impact
  • Programs where the Foundation’s gift is matched or multiplied
  • Programs consistent with the Foundation’s current funding priorities
  • Programs which will benefit people of Southern California
  • Programs which will reach the greatest number of people at the most reasonable cost

Are there any deadlines?
The Rose Hills Foundation accepts and processes applications for grants throughout the year with the expectation of grant distributions every six months. Depending on timing, requests are reviewed at one of six annual Board Meetings. At times, there may be an approximate wait of up to six months prior to a request being reviewed.

How do I apply to the Foundation?
See Application Procedures.

Should I send in my request via courier service or FedEx?
We ask that organizations refrain from submitting requests to the Foundation via courier service or FedEx, but rather send LOIs via USPS regular mail. All requests will be processed in a timely manner, according to the Foundation's schedule. Incurring these expenses & fees is both unnecessary and frowned upon.

How do we check on the status of our request?
Postcards informing organizations on the status of their request will be sent shortly after reviewing submissions for all required information. If no postcard has been received within three weeks of a submission, please contact the Foundation office.

What is the range of dollar amounts that the Foundation grants?
Regular grants may range from $5,000 to million dollar commitments. The Foundation’s Directors may opt to grant less than the amount requested, depending upon resources available, or to spread payments over more than one year. As a general rule of thumb, the Foundation asks applicants to justify their request amount based on the program/project’s total budget.

May we request a grant for ongoing operating expenses?
Yes. The Foundation is interested in supporting efforts that expand or enhance services and organizational capabilities.

Within higher education, are there some disciplines which are preferred?
The Foundation is willing to consider proposals for academic purposes which represent a high priority for the institution. We recognize that each institution is different and that priorities may change over time. It may be useful to discuss several options with the Foundation’s President before submission of a proposal.

We do not fund endowments or endow scholarships. We do fund expendable scholarships and have a strong interest in the fields of natural sciences and engineering.

Does the Foundation fund capital campaigns and expenditures?
Yes. Grants are made for specific projects with capital expenditures such as land or facility purchase, new construction, equipment or renovation.

Does the Foundation support other types of capacity building projects?
Yes. Grants are made for specific projects that strengthen an agency’s ability to achieve its mission and goals. Some examples are: hiring additional management personnel, instituting a strategic fund development plan, introducing new technology, or adapting services to a new program model.

We have a project that appears to fit within the Foundation’s guidelines. Should we set up a meeting with the Foundation staff to present our ideas?
Generally, the best first step is to submit a letter of inquiry describing the project for which you are seeking funding. Foundation staff may contact a prospective applicant to obtain additional information about the request. You are welcome to contact us for clarification about Foundation interests or for further assistance.

What is your policy on site visits and in-office meetings?
The Foundation’s President is available to meet with institutions’ representatives but due to the limited time available, priority is given to those who have a pending application or who plan to apply in the near future. In lieu of a meeting, phone/email consultations are encouraged and often equally useful. Site visits will be initiated by program staff as needed and as time allows.

Do you conduct site visits to all organizations that have submitted a formal application?
We visit most of our applicants in person. The program officers determine the most effective methods by which to gather additional information they may need and will contact you to schedule time to review your application.

How much time must elapse between applications?
Applicants may submit a proposal one year after the final payment of a grant has been disbursed and all requirements have been received. If your request does not meet with the Foundation’s current program interests and you are notified by letter, please wait twelve months from the date of declination before contacting the Foundation again.

Is there any advantage to contacting Foundation Directors directly?
Contact with Foundation Directors about a grant application is normally not encouraged. However, we recognize that there are professional and personal relationships which may make contact reasonable and normal. It should be emphasized, however, that the application process remains the same for all qualified organization, and all final decisions are the result of a careful staff analysis, followed by an assessment and vote of the entire Board of Directors.

If I have more questions, who do I contact?
For general inquires not answered here in out FAQ page, please click here to contact us or direct your emails to info@rosehillsfoundation.org. Please use subject line 'General Inquiry'.

You may view a copy of our IRS Form 990 at Guidestar.org. Copies of our IRS Form 990 and 1024 may also be obtained by written request to the Foundation. Thank you.