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Dr. Scholl Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Dr. Scholl Foundation


    The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by William M. Scholl, M.D., in 1947. It is a private, independent grant-making foundation for charitable purposes. The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Applications for grants are considered in the following areas:

    • Education
    • Social Service
    • Healthcare
    • Civic and Cultural
    • Environmental

    Applicants should submit the following:

    • Copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
    • Listing of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations
    • Copy of IRS Determination Letter
    • Qualifications of key personnel
    • Copy of most recent annual report/audited financial statement/990
    • Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested

    History of Funding

    Over the past decade, approximately 28% of grants have been related to education, 28% to social services, 22% to hospitals and healthcare, 17% to civic and cultural with the remaining percentage spread out in the above categories. The majority of grants are made in the U.S. However the foundation recognizes the need for a global outlook.

    Additional Information

    The foundation does not consider the following for funding:
    • Organizations that do not have a valid IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
    • Organizations that cannot provide us with at least 3 years of financial activity
    • Political organizations, political action committees, or individual campaigns whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
    • Foundations that are themselves grant making bodies
    • Grants for loans, operating deficit reductions, the liquidation of a debt or general support
    • Grants to individuals
    • Grants are rarely made to endowments or capital campaigns
    • Event sponsorships including the purchase of tables, tickets or advertisements
    • More than one request from the same organization in the same year
    • Publicly supported state, local and federal government organizations (i.e. public schools and municipalities) are rarely considered for grants


    Dr. Scholl Foundation Staff

    Dr. Scholl Foundation Staff
    1033 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 230
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 559-7430

  • Eligibility Details

    The Foundation awards grants to valid Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) organizations. Non-U.S. applicants without a 501(c)(3) must complete a notarized affidavit.

    Giving primarily in the U.S., with some emphasis on the Chicago area.

    Deadline Details

    Grants are considered on an annual basis. The Dr. Scholl Foundation application form can be submitted between October 1 and March 1, annually.  If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday the deadline is moved to 4:00 pm (CST) the following Monday.

    The foundation acknowledges receipt of proposals and will grant interviews with applicants at any stage in the application process. Funds authorized will be awarded during the latter part of Dec. of each year. At the conclusion of a project, the foundation requires a final accounting and final report, together with a statement as to the results achieved under the grant

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. There is no limit; however, on average, grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. The Foundation only accepts requests for one year of funding.

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