How many focus areas can i select for my application?

You may only select one (1) focus area.

I was a finalist in 2018. Am I able to apply for the 2019 process?

Not this year, but we do welcome you to join us for our 2020 round.


Who can my nonprofit select to attend the workshop and make the pitches for the semifinal and final round?

That is up to you—our only requirement is that they have been participating in some capacity with your organization for at least six months. This person can be staff, a board member, a volunteer, someone who has been served by your organization, or someone else.

Who will be judging/selecting semifinalists, finalists, and winning prizes?

Each foundation will be judging its own applications, semifinalists, finalists, and winning prizes.


Are grant requests ever denied?

We have a legal obligation to deny grants that do not meet criteria established by law. This includes a grant request that is not charitable in nature, provides a direct benefit to the donor advisor or a related party or is directed to an individual.

Can I donate to my fund as much as I like?

Yes. You can contribute multiple gifts to your fund anytime with a variety of gifts including cash, stock, and real estate. Make a gift by contacting Horizon Community Funds.


Can I invite others to give to my donor advised fund?

Yes, others can give gifts to your donor advised fund if the gifts are not designated for a specific purpose. Active fundraising efforts (like events) cannot be held for your donor advised fund.

Do grants have to be made every year?

No. One advantage of establishing a donor advised fund over a private foundation is that grants do not have to be made every year. However, if we are unable to contact fund advisors after three years of inactivity, the fund may be turned into a designated fund or the Community Impact Fund so that it continues to meet the advisor's original intent.


Can more than one person be an advisor?

Yes. In addition to individuals, groups, boards, and companies can also be named.

Can a donor advisor change current advisors or name successor advisors?

Yes. Successor advisors may be named at any time by the original fund advisors. Fund advisors can also be changed at any time. A majority of fund advisors must approve a change.


How does an advisor recommend grants from a donor advised fund?

Complete and return the Grant Recommendation Form provided by Horizon Community Funds.

How often can grants be recommended?

You can recommend grants as often as you like.