funding philosophy

Woodard & Curran Foundation is a public nonprofit organization dedicated to making grants that empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. The Foundation's giving strategy focuses on this basic resource: clean water. Whether you live in an area where water supplies are plentiful or where water is scarce, concerns about water conservation, sanitation, and safe drinking water supplies are growing increasingly urgent, locally and globally.

impact grants

Foundation Impact Grants ($100K over 3 years) support projects that promote a clean and sustainable environment, include or rely upon volunteers, demonstrate significant progress on the project defined in the application, and support the public at large (i.e., not a single individual). We are passionate about progress for a sustainable future and strive to partner with 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations taking action toward that progress. If your organization shares that passion, your efforts have a particular focus on water, and you meet our eligibility, expectations and evaluation guidelines, we encourage you to review our  Impact Grant guidelines and application

giving while living grants

The Foundation is committed to giving away as much money as possible, while still maintaining a healthy endowment. This intention informs our "giving-while-living" philosophy. In addition to awarding one Impact Grant annually, we also issue just over a dozen smaller 1-year grants to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations across the country. Giving While Living grants range from $500-$2,000 and are funded entirely by donations from Woodard & Curran, Inc. employees, who share our passion for supporting projects dedicated to environmental stewardship and education.