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 with a current emphasis on organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County.

From time to time, the Directors may elect to support nonprofit organizations of special interest, which are within the Foundation's broad charter but may be outside of the Foundation's current areas of emphasis.  Such grants are initiated by the Directors at their discretion; unsolicited proposals are not accepted for special projects.

What are the Foundation's areas of interest for grant making?
Preferential attention will be given to organizations based in and serving Los Angeles County that exhibit 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
  • Organizations that allocate a high percentage of their operating expenses directly to their programs

Are there any deadlines?
The Rose Hills Foundation accepts and processes applications for grants throughout the year with the expectation of grant distributions every three months. Depending on timing, requests are reviewed at one of five 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?

On or after September 15, 2015, the Foundation will only accept new inquiries online. Please refer to our Application Procedures webpage on how to proceed.

How do we check on the status of our request?

On or after September 15, 2015, the Foundation’s online application system will automatically notify you after taking our eligibility quiz whether or not your organization qualifies to submit a formal, online application.  The Foundation staff will correspond with you via email on how to submit a full application after reviewing your eligibility.

What is the range of dollar amounts that the Foundation grants and over what time period?

Grants may range from $10,000.00 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, and limits multi-year grants to a period of two years.

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 in disciplines that 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. The Foundation generally prefers that 70% or more of the capital project has been raised before considering the request. At present, the Foundation does not support capital projects for private, independent, or parochial schools (K-12).

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 review our application procedures and grant guidelines. On or after September 15, 2015, there will be an online eligibility quiz that may clarify the Foundation’s priorities and interests for the project you are seeking funding. You are welcomed to contact the program officers for clarification about the Foundation’s interests or to seek further assistance regarding our online application process.

What is your policy on site visits and in-office meetings?
The Foundation's President may be available to meet with organization representatives but due to the limited time available, a phone/email consultation is 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.

If we do not pass the Foundation’s eligibility quiz, what should we do?

If you do not pass the eligibility quiz, please email either of the Foundation program officers for feedback on what can be improved. In your email please copy and paste the list of eligibility questions, and a program officer will follow up with you. Please also note that not passing the eligibility quiz will not prevent your organization from completing the quiz again within the next year. 

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. Beginning September 15, 2015, all applicants will be screened via an online eligibility quiz; written/paper inquiries will no longer be accepted. After submitting an application, if your request does not meet the Foundation’s guidelines and current program interests and you are notified via online or written notification, please wait twelve (12) months from the date of declination before contacting the Foundation again.

Our organization is a current grantee. How do we submit our progress report, final report, or other reporting requirements online?

Current grantees with progress or final reports due on or after October 1, 2015 will receive an email from the Foundation's online system requesting that the grantee create an account. Once an account is established, the Foundation's online system will allow grantees to attach and upload any outstanding reporting requirements and supporting documents. If your organization's primary contact does not receive the email at least fifteen days before your requirement is due, please contact the Foundation program officers.

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. 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 in our FAQ page, please direct your emails to Ingrid Hillebrand, Grants and Office Manager, at Please use the subject line “General Inquiry.”

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